Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders

This channel includes news and new technology innovations about Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders. These close off the LAA in patients with atrial fibrillation to prevent the formation of stroke-causing clots in atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF) patients. LAA occlusion is often indicated for patients who do not tolerate anticoagulation therpy or have bleeding risks associated with use of that therapy.

ast End Medical announced it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the company's SafeCross Transseptal Radiofrequency (RF) Puncture and Steerable Balloon Introducer System. The 3-in-1 system, which includes a steerable introducer sheath with an ultra-visible positioning balloon and radiofrequency (RF) puncture dilator, aims to provide a predictable and safe solution for electrophysiology (EP) and structural heart interventions requiring left atrial access.
News | Cath Lab | July 14, 2021
July 13, 2021 — East End Medical announced it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the...
CentraCare completed the first structural heart procedure in the world guided by a new 4-D hologram technology developed by EchoPixel. The augmented reality technology aims to reduce reduce procedure time, improve accuracy of the procedure, and reduce risk of complications.

CentraCare completed the first structural heart procedure in the world guided by a new 4-D hologram technology developed by EchoPixel. The augmented reality technology aims to reduce reduce procedure time, improve accuracy of the procedure, and reduce risk of complications.

Feature | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 28, 2021
June 28, 2021 — CentraCare, one of the largest health systems in Minnesota, successfully completed the first structural...
The Boston Scientific Watchman device have performed better than expected in real-world patients outside of trials since it was introduced in 2015, according to data from the NCDR LAAO Registry. #ACC21 #ACC2021 #LAA #Watchman

The Boston Scientific Watchman device have performed better than expected in real-world patients outside of trials since it was introduced in 2015, according to data from the NCDR LAAO Registry.

Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | May 16, 2021
May 15, 2021 - Transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with a Boston Scientific Watchman device was...
In the LAAOS III trial, surgeons could seal off the LAA during the open heart procedure using sutures, staples or approved closure devices. The image shows a SentraHeart lasso type LAA occluder about to seal off the LAA from the outside of the heart.  #ACC21 #ACC2021

In the LAAOS III trial, surgeons could seal off the LAA during the open heart procedure using sutures, staples or approved closure devices. The image shows a SentraHeart lasso type LAA occluder about to seal off the LAA from the outside of the heart. 

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | May 15, 2021
May 15, 2021 — Patients with an elevated risk of stroke due to heart rhythm problems, or atrial fibrillation (AFib),...
Transesophageal echo (TEE) being used to guide the deployment of a MitraClip device during a transcatheter structural heart procedure in the hybrid lab at the University of Colorado Hospital. The center has performed more than 200 MitraClip mitral valve repairs over the past decade. Photo by Dave Fornell

Transesophageal echo (TEE) being used to guide the deployment of a MitraClip device during a transcatheter structural heart procedure in the hybrid lab at the University of Colorado Hospital. The center has performed more than 200 MitraClip mitral valve repairs over the past decade. Photo by Dave Fornell

Blog | Structural Heart | April 21, 2021
As a medical technology journalist, a little more than a decade ago I found myself sitting in those late afternoon "...
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 | May 18, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The latest cardiology practice-changing scientific breakthrough, late-breaking study presentations have been announced...
The Watchman FLX will be tested in the CHAMPION-AF trial looks at next-generation transcatheter LAA device as treatment alternative to NOACs for broader population of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
News | Atrial Fibrillation | October 29, 2020
Oct. 29, 2020 — Boston Scientific initiated the CHAMPION-AF clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the...
Positive clinical data from first-in-human studies of the Conformal Medical left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) CLAAS device performed in the U.S. and Prague were presented at 2020 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Connect virtual meeting. Two two abstracts were presented by William Gray, M.D., from Lankenau Heart Institute, Wynnewood, Penn., and Vivek Reddy, M.D., from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. #TCT2020 #TCTconnect
News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 16, 2020
October 16, 2020 — Positive clinical data from first-in-human studies of the Conformal Medical left atrial appendage...
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 | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 02, 2020
Horst Sievert, M.D., is the director of the Cardiovascular Center Frankfurt, and associate professor of internal...
Boston Scientific recently introduced the newst iteration of LAA occluder device, the Watchman FLX. It uses small spikes to help better anchor the device and prevent embolization.

Boston Scientific recently introduced the newst iteration of LAA occluder device, the Watchman FLX. It uses small spikes to help better anchor the device and prevent embolization. Read more on this FDA approval.

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | August 21, 2020
August 21, 2020 — According to a report published by Research Dive, the rising number of patients suffering from atrial...
The Conformal Medical CLAAS device, a next-generation transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure occluder for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). LAA occlusion allows AFib patients to go off of life-long anticoagulation therapy. #LAA #LAAC

The Conformal Medical CLAAS device, a next-generation transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure occluder for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). LAA occlusion allows AFib patients to go off of life-long anticoagulation therapy.

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | August 06, 2020
August 6, 2020 – Conformal Medical Inc. announced it secured $85 million in Series C financing to support the company’s...
Two of the top pieces of content in July included the FDA clearance for the new Watchman FLX left atrial appendage occluder (left), which includes a video interview with one of the trial investigators. COVID-19 content remained among the top content in July, and one story explained the odd pattern of cardiac cell death in COVID-19 patient autopsies. 

Two of the top pieces of content in July included the FDA clearance for the new Watchman FLX left atrial appendage occluder (left), which includes a video interview with one of the trial investigators. COVID-19 content remained among the top content in July, and one story explained the odd pattern of cardiac cell death in COVID-19 patient autopsies.

Feature | August 03, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
August 3, 2020 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
Videos | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | July 24, 2020
Devi G. Nair, M.D., FHRS, director of cardiac electrophysiology, St. Bernards Heart and Vascular Center, Jonesboro, Ark...