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CMS coverage changes effective as of Dec. 2, 2020 will open up the use of LVADs to more Medicare patients, including use of the HeartWare and HeartMate ventricular assist devices.

CMS coverage changes effective as of Dec. 2, 2020 will open up the use of LVADs to more Medicare patients, including use of the HeartWare and HeartMate ventricular assist devices.

News | Heart Failure | December 02, 2020
December 2, 2020 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized updates to Medicare coverage policies...
COVID-19 cardiology related content continues to be among the top performers on the DAIC website in November 2020. TAVR also topped headlines with Boston Scientific taking its Lotus valve off the market and a review of TAVR registry data showing it is now the dominant method of aortic valve replacement in the United States. #DAIC

COVID-19 cardiology related content continues to be among the top performers on the DAIC website in November 2020. TAVR also topped headlines with Boston Scientific taking its Lotus valve off the market and a review of TAVR registry data showing it is now the dominant method of aortic valve replacement in the United States.

Feature | Cardiovascular Business | December 01, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
December 1, 2020 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
Black patient being tested for COVID-19 using a nasal swab PCR test. black adults with COVID-19 were far more likely to be hospitalized than their white counterparts according to data from the AHA COVID-19 Cardiovascular Disease Registry. #AHA #AHA20 #AHA2020 #COVID19 #SARSCoV2

Black patient being tested for COVID-19 using a nasal swab PCR test. Black adults with COVID-19 were far more likely to be hospitalized than their white counterparts according to new data from the AHA COVID-19 Cardiovascular Disease Registry. 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 18, 2020
November 18, 2020 -- A new American Heart Association (AHA) collaborative model for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) research,...

The Edwards Lifesciences Sapien 3 TAVR valve. The annual volume of TAVR has increased each year and in 2019 TAVR volume (72,991) exceeded all forms of SAVR (57,626), coinciding with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of TAVR for low-risk patients. 

Feature | Heart Valve Technology | November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020 — Since the approval of the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device in 2011, more...
oston Scientific Corp. announced today it is immediately retiring the entire Lotus Edge transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system. It also initiated a global, voluntary recall of all unused inventory of the Lotus Edge due to complexities associated with the product delivery system. 
Feature | Heart Valve Technology | November 17, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
November 17, 2020 — Boston Scientific Corp. announced today it is immediately retiring the entire Lotus Edge...
Videos | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | November 10, 2020
Keith Ellis, M.D., is the director of cardiovascular services and the director of the Chest Pain Center at Houston...
Two of the top preforming pieces of content in October was the FDA clearance for the first indication for shortened DAPT for Medtronic's Resolute Onyx Drug Eluting Stent. A virtual tour of the new robotic electrophysiology lab at Banner Health led by Pete Weiss, M.D., also was among the most popular cardiology technology content.

Two of the top preforming pieces of content in October was the FDA clearance for the first indication for shortened DAPT for Medtronic's Resolute Onyx Drug Eluting Stent. A virtual tour of the new robotic electrophysiology lab at Banner Health led by Pete Weiss, M.D., also was among the most popular cardiology technology content.

Feature | November 02, 2020
November 2, 2020 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
Some of the device technologies discussed in the TCT 2020 late-breaking trial sessions. Top left, the  Medtronic Resolute Onyx stent was the first stent to receive FDA clearance for short duration dual-antiplatelet therapy, which was a big topic and subject of several sessions. Lower left, the Keystone TriGuard 3 TAVR embolic protection device did not demonstrate superiority over TAVR without use of embolic protection. Top right, the Abbott MitraClip. Acurate neo TAVR valve. #TCTconnect #TCT2020

Some of the device technologies discussed in the TCT 2020 late-breaking trial sessions. Top left, the Medtronic Resolute Onyx stent was the first stent to receive FDA clearance for short duration dual-antiplatelet therapy, which was a big topic and subject of several sessions. Lower left, the Keystone TriGuard 3 TAVR embolic protection device did not demonstrate superiority over TAVR without use of embolic protection. Top right, the Abbott MitraClip was the subject of two studies, including use to aid heart transplant patients. Bottom right, the Boston Scientific Acurate neo TAVR valve performed below the Sapien 3 and CoreValve Evolut.

Feature | TCT | October 29, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are some of the key takeaways from the late-breaking interventional cardiology and structural heart trials...
An example of a HeartFlow FFR-CT image showing the blood flow through what looked like a significant blockage on CT angiography alone actually was not flow limiting based on computational fluid dynamics. Use of the technology was supposed to reduce the number of diagnostic catheterizations in the FORECAST trial, but the costs of FFR-CT were not offset enough to show cost savings. #TCT2020 #TCTconnect

An example of a HeartFlow FFR-CT image showing the blood flow through what looked like a significant blockage on CT angiography alone, actually was not flow-limiting based on computational fluid dynamics. Use of the technology was supposed to reduce the number of diagnostic catheterizations in the FORECAST trial, but the costs of FFR-CT were not offset enough to show cost savings.

News | FFR Technologies | October 22, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
October 22, 2020 – In the FORECAST randomized clinical trial, the use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) derived from...
Videos | Heart Valve Technology | October 19, 2020
David Cohen, M.D., presents late-breaking data from the STS/ACC Transcatheter Valve Registry (TVT) showing the impact...
The Abbott Vascular Xience Sierra drug eluting stent (DES). The XIENCE 28 and XIENCE 90 studies presented at TCT 2020 showed the stent can be used safely with only one month of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). #TCT #TCTconnect #TCT2020
News | Stents Drug Eluting | October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020 – Results from the XIENCE 90/28 clinical trials have shown that a shorter course of dual-antiplatelet...
Effect of COVID-19 on Cardiology Highlighted in Research at ACC Quality Summit. Research examines telehealth, healthcare disparities, as well as impacts on interventional cardiology, patient-centered care.
News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020 — American College of Cardiology (ACC) Quality Summit virtual meeting Oct. 8-9, 2020, featured several...
Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Flexible electronics have been developed to implant in patients to constantly monitor their cardiac condition.

Feature | October 09, 2020 | Udi Nussinovitch M.D., Ph.D.
This is an overview of some of the biggest cardiology technology advances. These innovations are covered in more detail...
Videos | Radial Access | October 07, 2020
Jordan G. Safirstein, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, director of transradial catheterization for Atlantic Health System’s...
WEBINAR: Intelligently Efficient Adult Echo Structured Reporting. GE Healthcare explains how AI assisted structured reporting can improve workflow
Webinar | Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) | October 05, 2020
The dynamics of our world are changing rapidly. Cardiologists are being challenged to complete documentation in an...