Cardiovascular Surgery

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for cardiac surgery. This includes coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) and surgical valve replacements.

The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario, Canada, represents a new frontier in cardiac surgery. The customized OR features a Siemens Artis Pheno angiogray system with  3-D imaging capability with an integrated OR table that together improve workflow, increase efficiency and ensure a high-level of infection control.

The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario, Canada, represents a new frontier in cardiac surgery. The customized OR features a Siemens Artis Pheno angiogray system with  3-D imaging capability with an integrated OR table that together improve workflow, increase efficiency and ensure a high-level of infection control.

News | Hybrid OR | October 02, 2020
October 2, 2020 — The new cardiac hybrid operating room (OR) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario...
The Medtronic Heartware and Abbott Heartmate 3 LVADs and others currently cleared by the FDA might be easier to use in Medicare advanced heart failure patients under new guidelines proposed by CMS. Photo by Dave Fornell

The Medtronic Heartware and Abbott Heartmate 3 LVADs and others currently cleared by the FDA might be easier to use in Medicare advanced heart failure patients under new guidelines proposed by CMS. Photo by Dave Fornell

Feature | Heart Failure | August 21, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
August 21, 2020 — The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed updates to coverage policies for...
The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is working with the Keck Medicine of USC heart surgery team to expand care for children and adults with congenital heart disease. An echocardiographer helps with cardiac ultrasound imaging in a hybrid OR during a congenital case using a Siemens SC2000 imaging system. Photo by Cedars-Sinai.

The Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is working with the Keck Medicine of USC heart surgery team to expand care for children and adults with congenital heart disease. An echocardiographer helps with cardiac ultrasound imaging in a hybrid OR during a congenital case using a Siemens SC2000 imaging system. Photo by Cedars-Sinai.

News | Congenital Heart | August 10, 2020
August 10, 2020 - The Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai is expanding...
The Edwards Konect Resilia aortic valved conduit (AVC).
News | Heart Valve Technology | July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020 —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted clearance for the Edwards Lifesciences Corp....
The Foldax Tria surgical valve reimagines the heart valve by incorporating a new, proprietary biopolymer, what the vendor calls LifePolymer, with an innovative valve design intended to eliminate calcification, withstand stresses and strains without failure, and restore patient quality of life without lifelong use of anticoagulants. Tria is also the first heart valve to be robotically manufactured, reducing variability, enabling high precision, repeatability and better quality control.
News | Heart Valve Technology | June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020 – Heart valve start-up Foldax is looking to reinventing several aspects of the prosthetic heart valve,...
A Philips Healthcare transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) system in use in a hybrid OR.

A Philips Healthcare transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) system in use in a hybrid OR.

News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 04, 2020
June 4, 2020 — Intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a versatile diagnostic and monitoring tool...
Societies Issue Guide to Safely Resume Cardiovascular Procedures, Diagnostic Tests. #COVID19 #SARScov2
Feature | Cardiovascular Business | June 03, 2020
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) together with other North American cardiovascular societies issued a framework...
News | Artificial Heart | May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020 — Carmat, a developer of the of a next generation advanced total artificial heart, announces the first...
Abiomed Adds ECMO Cardiopulmonary Support to its Portfolio with the purchase of Breethe. The Breethe ECMO system. Abiomed invested in Breethe in mid-2019. Breethe has applied for 510(k) clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Breethe ECMO system. Abiomed invested in Breethe in mid-2019. Breethe has applied for 510(k) clearance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

News | ECMO Systems | May 01, 2020
May 1, 2020 — Abiomed, maker of the Impella heart pump, has acquired Breethe, developer of a novel extracorporeal...
LivaNova Modifies its ECMO Indications Beyond Six Hours to Address COVID-19. The FDA expanded the use indications for ECMO systems April 6 so tthey can be used beyond six hours and for use in COVID-19 patients in need of circulatory and pulmonary support.

The FDA expanded the use indications for ECMO systems April 6 so the systems can be used beyond six hours and for use in COVID-19 patients in need of circulatory and pulmonary support. Image shows an ECMO team at work at Tufts Medical Center in Boston in December 2019. Photo by Dave Fornell

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 23, 2020
April 23, 2020 – LivaNova PLC said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now permitting the company to expand...
An ECMO cannula being inserted into a cardiovascular patient in need of mechanical oxygenation and hemodynamic support in December 2019. The FDA just made a temporary approval to use ECMO support in COVID-19 patients during the pandemic emergency. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #coronavirus

An ECMO cannula being inserted into a cardiovascular patient in need of mechanical oxygenation and hemodynamic support at Tufts Medical Center in December 2019. The FDA just made a temporary approval to use ECMO support in COVID-19 patients during the pandemic emergency. Photo by Dave Fornell.

 

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 07, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
April 7, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance to provide a policy to help expand the...
Closing access to the radial artery after harvesting a section of the artery for a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Photo by Getty Images. #ACC20 #ACC2020

Closing access to the radial artery after harvesting a section of the artery for a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Photo by Getty Images.

News | Cardiovascular Surgery | March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020 — Patients undergoing coronary bypass graft (CAGB) surgery lived longer and had better outcomes when...
Conclusions from the TAVR vs surgery trial for aortic valve replacement in the U.K. presented by William D. Toff, M.D. at ACC 20. #ACC20 #ACC2020 #TAVR #TAVR

Conclusions from the real world TAVR vs. surgery trial for aortic valve replacement outcomes in the U.K., presented by William D. Toff, M.D. at ACC 20. 

News | Heart Valve Technology | March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020 — Patients in the United Kingdom (U.K.) who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) did...
PARTNER 3 trial shows positive results for Sapien 3 in low-risk surgical patients. #ACC20 #ACC2020 #Sapien3 #TAVR
Feature | Heart Valve Technology | March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020 — Low-risk patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR) at two years did just as well...
News | Heart Valve Technology | March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020 — Worse than expected outcomes were found for survival and quality of life among patients undergoing...