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).

Ancora Heart Enrolls First Patient in European Multi-center Study of AccuCinch Heart Failure Therapy
News | Heart Failure | August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019 — Ancora Heart Inc. announced the first patient was enrolled in the CorCinch EU study, a European...

Concept Medical Granted FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for MagicTouch PTA Sirolimus Coated Balloon
News | Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) | August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019 — Concept Medical Inc. (CMI) has been granted "Breakthrough Device Designation" from the U.S. Food...

New Study Visually Tracks Chronic Venous Insufficiency Wound Healing in EMR
News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 13, 2019

August 13, 2019 — A simple change in the way health professionals track their patients’ progress has brought...

Example of an aortic valve CT imaging workup for TAVR valve sizing and assessing access routes. This patient has an aneurism in the aortic arch. Image from GE Healthcare.

Example of an aortic valve CT imaging workup for TAVR valve sizing and assessing access routes. This patient has an aneurism in the aortic arch. Image from GE Healthcare.

Feature | Structural Heart | August 12, 2019 | Ashish Pershad, M.D., and Kenith Fang, M.D., FACS

As we usher in a new era for treating patients with aortic stenosis, we have been reflecting on the evolution of the...

Corindus Vascular Robotics to Be Acquired by Siemens Healthineers
News | Robotic Systems | August 08, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor

August 8, 2019 — Corindus Vascular Robotics announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be...

Cardiovascular Systems Inc. Acquires Gardia Medical Ltd.'s Wirion Embolic Protection System
News | Embolic Protection Devices | August 06, 2019

August 6, 2019 — Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (CSI) has acquired the Wirion...

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...

In June 2019, Medis received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its QAngio XA 3D technology (QFR). The FFR-angio technology can show the FFR readings in a 3-D image and overlaid on a fluoro image.

In June 2019, Medis received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its QAngio XA 3D technology (QFR). The FFR-angio technology can show the FFR readings in a 3-D image and overlaid on a fluoro image. 

Feature | FFR Technologies | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell and Greg Freiherr

New technologies have been developed that may replace the traditional pressure wires and adenosine to assess the...

SeQuent Please ReX Drug-coated Balloon Catheter Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation
News | Drug-Eluting Balloons | August 02, 2019

August 2, 2019 — B. Braun Interventional Systems Inc. (BIS) announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

There are always a lot of guidewires used in CTO cases, but they all look the same so it can be confusing as to which is which as they are exchanged out and are all set on the same table. John Messenger, M.D., at the University of Colorado, likes to write the name of each wire on a towl and put the towel on top to keep them straight for himself and staff in the room.

There are always a lot of guidewires used in CTO cases, but they all look the same so it can be confusing as to which is which as they are exchanged out and are all set on the same table. John Messenger, M.D., at the University of Colorado, likes to write the name of each wire on a towel and put the towel on top to keep them straight for himself and staff in the room. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Feature | Guidewires | August 02, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor

Guidewire engineering has become more advanced over the past decade as interventional cardiologists have advanced...

Endovascular-first Approach Equal to Open Surgery in Avoiding Amputation for Critical Limb Ischemia
News | Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) | August 01, 2019

August 1, 2019 — Less-invasive procedures to open severely clogged...

Coronary CT angiography images of a coronary artery depicting the perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) before and after biologic therapy at one-year follow-up. Patients had excellent response to biologic therapy, showing clear reductions in the inflammation in plaques that cause heart attacks and stokes. Image from the Oxford Academic Cardiovascular CT Core Lab and Lab of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases at NHLBI.

Coronary CT angiography images of a coronary artery depicting the perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) before and after psoriasis biologic drug therapy at one-year follow-up. Patients had excellent response to biologic therapy, showing clear reductions in the inflammation in plaques that cause heart attacks and stokes. Image from the Oxford Academic Cardiovascular CT Core Lab and Lab of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases at NHLBI.

 

Feature | Pharmaceuticals | July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019 — Researchers found anti-inflammatory drug therapies used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis can...

Penumbra Launches Jet 7 Reperfusion Catheter With Xtra Flex Technology in U.S.
Technology | Thrombectomy Devices | July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019 — Penumbra announced U.S. commercial availability of the Penumbra System’s most advanced technology,...

An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting.

An example of FFR-CT imaging from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. The left image shows a 3D generated image of the coronary tree from a CT scan evaluated with computational fluid dynamics to determine the FFR numbers. It shows a severe restriction of the left main artery which requires a stent to revacularize. The image on the right is a comparison with the invasive angiogram from the cath lab prior to stenting. 

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 | Greg Freiherr

One of the big trends in cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging has been the introduction of noninvasive ...

Datascope Recalls Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps Due to Potential Battery Failure. FDA Class I recall includes the Cardiosave Hybrid, Cardiosave Rescue, CS300 and CS100/100i IABP.
Feature | Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP) | July 24, 2019

July 24, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Maquet/Datascope is recalling all...

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