Cardiac Diagnostics

This channel includes news, videos, podcasts and other content on new technology innovations for cardiac diagnostic systems and techniques. This includes laboratory testing, blood tests including troponin testing, electrocardiogram (ECG) systems, point of care testing systems, genetic testing, cardiac patient monitoring devices including wearable sensors, and studies showing new ways to diagnose heart diseases.

Cardiac computed tomography (CT) pioneer Arthur Agatston, M.D., speaks to DAIC Editor Dave Fornell about the history of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring and why it took nearly 30 years to make its way into the guidelines in 2019.

Cardiac computed tomography (CT) pioneer Arthur Agatston, M.D., speaks to DAIC Editor Dave Fornell about the history of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring and why it took nearly 30 years to make its way into the guidelines in 2019.

Blog | CT Angiography (CTA) | September 05, 2019
  I recently had a great conversation with cardiac computed tomography (CT) pioneer Arthur Agatston, M.D., who is the...
World Heart Federation Launches Global Roadmap on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Among Diabetics
News | Cardiac Diagnostics | September 04, 2019
September 4, 2019 — At the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of...
The most popular cardiac technology news in August 2019 was the FDA clearance for a new indication for both the Edwards Sapien 3 and Medtronic CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) devices for low-risk patients. This puts the technology on equal footing with the previous standard-of-care of open heart surgery, representing a paradigm shift in cardiology.

The most popular cardiac technology news in August 2019 was the FDA clearance for a new indication for both the Edwards Sapien 3 and Medtronic CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) devices for low-risk patients. This puts the technology on equal footing with the previous standard-of-care of open heart surgery, representing a paradigm shift in cardiology. 

Feature | September 03, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
September 3, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC...
InfoBionic’s MoMe Kardia remote ECG monitor is an example of the newer generation devices that are replacing traditional Holter monitors. It has a single button for patients to create an alert when they are experiencing arrhythmia symptoms.

InfoBionic’s MoMe Kardia remote ECG monitor is an example of the newer generation devices that are replacing traditional Holter monitors. It has a single button for patients to create an alert when they are experiencing arrhythmia symptoms.

Feature | ECG Wireless Remote Access | August 30, 2019 | Stuart Long and Colin Movsowitz, M.D.
Until recently, cardiologists trying to diagnose and treat arrhythmias have had to deal with technological limitations...
AI Could Use EKG Data to Measure Patient's Overall Health Status

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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 29, 2019
August 29, 2019 – In the near future, doctors may be able to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to electrocardiogram...
The Apple Watch is being used to help identify and track Afib in the general population.

The Apple Watch is being used to help identify and track Afib in the general population.  

Blog | Wearables | August 29, 2019
  Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, kills about 130,000 people worldwide every year. It also affects 3 to 6 million people...
Insomnia Tied to Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Image courtesy of the American Heart Association

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | August 19, 2019
August 19, 2019 — People suffering from insomnia may have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure...
FDA Approves Barostim Neo System for Advanced Heart Failure Patients. Similar to a pacemaker, the Barostim Neo System uses a pulse generator implanted below the collar bone with a lead that attaches to the carotid artery in the neck. It delivers electrical impulses to baroreceptors in the neck, which sense how blood is flowing through the carotid arteries and relays information to the brain. The brain, in turn, sends signals to the heart and blood vessels that relax the blood vessels.

Similar to a pacemaker, the Barostim Neo System uses a pulse generator implanted below the collar bone with a lead that attaches to the carotid artery in the neck. It delivers electrical impulses to baroreceptors in the neck, which sense how blood is flowing through the carotid arteries and relays information to the brain. The brain, in turn, sends signals to the heart and blood vessels that relax the blood vessels and inhibit the production of stress-related hormones to reduce heart failure symptoms.

Technology | Heart Failure | August 19, 2019
August 19, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted market clearance the Barostim Neo System for the...
Bardy Diagnostics Selected for HealthTech Arkansas Accelerator Program
News | Wearables | August 15, 2019
August 15, 2019 — Bardy Diagnostics Inc. announced that HealthTech Arkansas, a healthcare accelerator and investment...
New AHA Statement Highlights Need for Early Diagnosis, Treatment With Critical Limb IschemiaCTA image of a patient with severe peripheral artery disease (PAD) viewed on a tablet device using Siemens syngo.via webviewer.

CTA image of a patient with severe peripheral artery disease (PAD) viewed on a tablet device using Siemens syngo.via webviewer. PAD can lead to CLI.

News | Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) | August 13, 2019
August 13, 2019 — Non-invasive techniques and devices for assessing blood flow and other diagnostic considerations for...
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 08, 2019
This is an example of an automated calcium scoring software to speed review of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring...
Hormone Therapy Linked to Heart Fat, Hard Arteries

Not all heart fat is equal. Buildup in the pericardium is more strongly associated with heart disease, and seems to increase as estrogen levels drop during menopause. This new study shows that a certain type of hormone replacement therapy could exacerbate the problem, while others may be protective. Image courtesy of Rick Sciullo/UPMC.

News | Womens Cardiovascular Health | August 07, 2019
August 7, 2019 — Hormone replacement therapy is a common treatment for menopause-related symptoms, and new research...
Screen grab of facial scan from the app. Image courtesy of Kang Lee.

Screen grab of facial scan from the app. Image courtesy of Kang Lee.

News | Blood Pressure Monitor | August 06, 2019
August 6, 2019 — Blood pressure monitoring might one day become as easy as taking a video selfie, according to new...
Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019
August 6, 2019 — When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does...
Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty
News | Point of Care Testing | August 05, 2019
August 5, 2019 — A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an...