Cath Lab

The catheterization lab channel includes content related to interventional technologies for coronary and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Other cath lab transcatheter device technologies covered on this page included percutaneous treatment for stroke, venous interventions, heart valves, hypertensionheart failure and percutenous coronary interventions (PCI).

Driven by pandemic realities and clinical demand for portable and intelligent point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), GE Healthcare unveiled Venue Fit, a streamlined and compact POCUS system, alongside an industry-first artificial intelligence (AI) offering for cardiac imaging on the Venue and Venue Go. The Venue Fit is the smallest system in GE Healthcare’s Venue Family, featuring an easy-to-clean touchscreen, intuitive scanning tools, and a small footprint designed to fit in tight spaces often found in point-of
News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | March 31, 2021
March 31, 2021 — Driven by pandemic realities and clinical demand for portable and intelligent point-of-care ultrasound...
The Medtronic Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) System. It is first in the world non-surgical heart valve to treat pediatric and adult patients with a native or surgically-repaired right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) to stop severe pulmonary valve regurgitation caused by congenital heart disease.

The Medtronic Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) System is is designed for patients without a conduit with RVOT malformations who require a correction to their structural malformation early in life and need a minimally invasive option to restore pulmonary valve function.
 

Feature | Structural Heart | March 26, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
March 26, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the Medtronic Harmony Transcatheter...
Virtual tour views of a University of Colorado cath lab during a CTO procedure (top left), the new robotic EP lab at Banner Health (top right), a bi-plane EP/cath combo lab at Baylor Heart Hospital Dallas (bottom left, and an ECMO procedure at Tufts Medical Center cath lab. Photos by Dave Fornell

Virtual tour views of a University of Colorado cath lab during a CTO procedure (top left), the new robotic EP lab at Banner Health (top right), a bi-plane EP/cath combo lab at Baylor Heart Hospital Dallas (bottom left, and an ECMO procedure at Tufts Medical Center cath lab. Photos by Dave Fornell, except the Banner EP lab, by Peter Weiss, M.D.

Feature | March 25, 2021
There is a lot of interest in how other hospitals organize and equip their cardiac cath labs and electrophysiology (EP...
PA pressure-guided heart failure management is fast becoming the standard of care in NYHA Class III patients. The Cordella Pulmonary Artery Pressure Sensor enables clinicians to remotely monitor and proactively adjust therapy and medications remotely without the need for office visits.

PA pressure-guided heart failure management is fast becoming the standard of care in NYHA Class III patients. The Cordella Pulmonary Artery Pressure Sensor enables clinicians to remotely monitor and proactively adjust therapy and medications remotely without the need for office visits.

News | Heart Failure | March 24, 2021
March 24, 2021 — Endotronix Inc., a digital health and medical technology company working on advancements in treating...
Videos | Structural Heart | March 23, 2021
Interview with Scott E. Kasner, M.D., who served as the principle investigator for the Gore Cardioform REDUCE trial,...
Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) can potentiate all 3 sides of Virchow’s Triad of coagulopathy, including endothelial dysfunction, blood flow stasis, and hypercoagulability. Angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2)–dependent viral entry and the virus-induced inflammatory response can lead to endothelial dysfunction. Clotting Prevention in COVID-19 Patients, Thrombosis Prevention in COVID-19 Patients, Preventing blood clots in COVID-19 patients

Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) can potentiate all 3 sides of Virchow’s Triad of coagulopathy, including endothelial dysfunction, blood flow stasis and hypercoagulability. Angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE-2)–dependent viral entry and the virus-induced inflammatory response can lead to endothelial dysfunction. Additional figure included in the JACC article.

Feature | Antiplatelet and Anticoagulation Therapies | March 22, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
A comprehensive review or more than 80 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigating how to best manage optimal...
Boston Scientific's TheraSphere Y-90 Glass Microspheres enable selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), or radioembolization, for hepatocellular carcinoma. This treats liver cancer with low toxicity using millions of microscopic glass beads containing radioactive yttrium (Y-90), delivered directly to liver tumors via catheter. The result in minimal radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

Boston Scientific's TheraSphere Y-90 Glass Microspheres enable selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), or radioembolization, for hepatocellular carcinoma. This treats liver cancer with low toxicity using millions of microscopic glass beads containing radioactive yttrium (Y-90), delivered directly to liver tumors via catheter. The result in minimal radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

News | Interventional Radiology | March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Boston Scientific's TheraSphere Y-90 Glass...
The Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system produces a flash of light as it releases a sonic shockwave, as seen here as it is about to shatter a gypsum bead during a TCT 2019 demonstration at the vendor's booth. The technology combines a miniaturized lithotripsy system with a low-pressure balloon catheter to expand peripheral or coronary arteries without causing vessel trauma. Photo by Dave Fornell

The Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system produces a flash of light as it releases a sonic shockwave, as seen here as it is about to shatter a gypsum bead during a TCT 2019 demonstration at the vendor's booth. You can see the cracks forming as the bead breaks apart in the right bead. The technology combines a miniaturized lithotripsy system with a low-pressure balloon catheter to expand peripheral or coronary arteries without causing vessel trauma. Photo by Dave Fornell

Blog | Cath Lab | March 16, 2021
After covering cardiovascular technologies for 14 years, it is rare that I find a new technology that might actually be...
Example of an angioplasty balloon catheter being expanded inside an artery to push atherosclerotic plaque and thrombus out of the way to reopen the vessel lumen to increase or reopen bloodflow. Balloon catheters are used to revascularize patients with heart attacks and to deploy stents to prop open the expended vessel.

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Feature | Balloon Catheter | March 16, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
The first devices developed for interventional cardiology were percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)...
The Philips Stellarex low-dose paclitaxel drug-coated balloon prior to insertion in the cath lab. Five-year ILLUMENATE EU RCT and Pivotal Data Confirm Safety of Philips Stellarex Low-dose Drug-coated Balloon

The Philips Stellarex low-dose paclitaxel drug-coated balloon prior to insertion in the cath lab.

News | Drug-Eluting Balloons | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — Philips Healthcare announced the final, five-year results of two major randomized controlled trials (...
Cardinal Health Sells its Cordis Cardiology Business to Hellman & Friedman. Hopes to build the Cordis Accelerator for innovative cardiovascular device development.
News | Cardiovascular Business | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — Cardinal Health today announced that it is selling its Cordis cardiology and endovascular business to...
An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart  procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

Feature | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | March 11, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Intra-cardiac Echocardiography (ICE) uses catheter-based cardiac ultrasound array to image anatomy and devices inside...
The Teleflex Manta large-bore vascular closure device can seal holes between 12 and 25 French.

The Teleflex Manta large-bore vascular closure device can seal holes between 12 and 25 French. 

Feature | Hemostasis Management | March 09, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
While many cardiac and vascular procedures have largely moved to minimally invasive techniques, the size of these...
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY (ACC) Late-breaking clinical trial study presentations at ACC.21. @ACC21 @ACC2021
Feature | ACC | March 08, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The latest cardiology practice-changing scientific breakthrough, late-breaking study presentations have been announced...
The two biggest cardiac device technology stories in February included the Boston Scientific recall of its S-ICD system, and the FDA clearance of the Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system to break up calcified lesions in the coronary arteries.

The two biggest cardiac device technology stories in February included the Boston Scientific recall of its S-ICD system, and the FDA clearance of the Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system to break up calcified lesions in the coronary arteries.

Feature | March 01, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
March 1, 2021 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...