Heart Valve Technology
This channel includes news and new device innovations about heart valve technologies, including the aortic valve, mitral valve, pulmonic valve, and tricuspid valve. This includes information on transcatheter valve technologies like transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR, or implantation TAVI), transcatheter mitral valve repair or replacement (TMVR), transcatheter and surgical valve repairs, and surgical replacement valves. Newer devices are now being used for transcatheter tricuspid valve repair replacement (TTVR).
Ten out of the top 25 videos in 2019 are from hospital site visits DAIC conducted and shot more than 10 video interviews and recorded cath lab procedures at each center. Two of the videos here are walk throughs of cath labs, showing how Henry Ford Hospital and the University of Colorado set up their main hybrid rooms for structural heart procedures. This photo is from a MitraClip procedure during the University of Colorado visit last December.
The Wyss Translational Center in Zurich, Switzerland has developed the LifeMatrix platform to engineer tissues that can be implanted in patients and will grow with them. This technology is being developed for heart valves in younger patients to eliminate the need for repeat surgeries to implant larger prosthetic heart valves as the patient grows.
The most popular content in the month of November on DAIC was by far the data from the late-breaking trials from the American Herart Association (AHA) 2019 meeting. The second item on this month's list is an overview of key heart failure takeaways from AHA by Nasrien Ibrahim, M.D., associate director of resynchronization and advanced cardiac therapeutics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Photo by Scott Morgan/AHA.
One of the cardiology technologies in the list of top advances in 2019 is Medtronic’s Tyrx Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope using to enclose cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). It reduced the risk of major infection by 40 percent, and pocket infection by 61 percent, based on data presented at ACC 2019.
EchoPixel showed technology at TCT 2019 that creates live holograms in the cath lab from 3-D TEE imaging. It projects the holograms on a special display screen that does not require the user to wear 3-D glasses. The interventional cardiologist can use hand movements and a foot switch to move the image around without breaking the sterile field. It offers a new way to visualize catheters, device positioning and deployment in structural heart procedures. (Photos by Dave Fornell)
Former National Football League (NFL) player Ed White (left) needed a new aortic heart valve, but decided to wait several months for the FDA to approve TAVR for low-risk patients so he would not have to undergo open heart surgery. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders received two stents after he was hospitalized with chest pain was hospitalized with chest pain on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas. The event brought PCI to the forefront of national news in October.