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Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) | September 17, 2018

A discussion with Khaldoon Alaswad, M.D., director, cardiac catheterization lab, Henry Ford Hospital, on treating chronic total occlusions (CTOs) and other complex PCI cases. Watch the VIDEO: Treating Chronic Total Occlusions with Bill Lombardi, M.D., director of complex coronary artery interventions at the University of Washington. Read the article "How to Tackle Coronary CTOs."

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Angiography | December 07, 2016

Shimadzu's latest generation interventional lab angiography imaging system, the Trinias, enables advanced imaging capabilities, including reduced patient dose, 3-D rotation angiography acquisitions table side, and stent enhancement software. This video tour of the system was created at the 2016 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting.  For more information: www.shimadzu.com/med/products/angio/index.html.

Robotic Systems | November 22, 2016

Corindus Vascular Robotics received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its CorPath GRX, the second generation of its vascular robotic system. The system builds upon the original CorPath platform, adding a significant number of key upgrades that increase precision, improve workflow and extend the capabilities and range of interventional procedures that can be performed robotically. These features include Active Guide Management, which enables control of the guide catheter along with robotic control of the guidewire and balloon or stent catheter, with 1 millimeter advancement, from the Control Console. This precise positioning will enable physicians to adjust guide catheter position during PCI procedures, and may expand use of CorPath to more complex cases. The new system also features a completely redesigned Bedside Unit, featuring an Extended Reach Arm and a touchscreen display to streamline workflow. The CorPath GRX was displayed for the first time at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 conference. Read more about the FDA approval.

TCT | November 18, 2016

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a video tour of some of the most innovative new interventional cardiology technologies he found at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 meeting. Watch the related VIDEO “Editor's Choice of the Most Innovative New Technologies at TCT 2015.”

 

Heart Valve Technology | November 18, 2016

A discussion with Torsten Vahl, M.D., about advancements in transcatheter valve repair technology, including new devices for the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves.  Vahl is director of experimental and translational research and assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy. The interview took place at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the articles “Advances and Future Directions for Transcatheter Valves,” and “Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Devices in Development.”

Guidewires | November 18, 2016

A discussion with guidewire expert Dimitri Karmpaliotis, M.D., Ph.D., FACC, about the basics of interventional guidewire design and function. He is, assistant professor of medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, and director of CTO, complex and high-risk angioplasty program at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. He spoke with DAIC at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article “Understanding the Design and Function of Guidewire Technology.”

Heart Valve Technology | November 18, 2016

A discussion with Juan Granada, M.D., about transcatheter mitral valve advancements and device challenges at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Granada is executive director and chief scientific officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's Skirball Center for Innovation. Read the articles “Advances and Future Directions for Transcatheter Valves,” and “Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement Devices in Development.”

CT Angiography (CTA) | November 18, 2016

A discussion with Simon Dixon, M.D., MBChB, on the use of fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT) to evaluate chest pain patients in the emergency department. He is chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beaumont Health System and a professor of Medicine at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He discussed the first year of experience with FFR-CT at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Read the article “Clinical Applications of FFR-CT.”

 

Balloon Catheter | November 16, 2016

A discussion with Todd Brinton, M.D., about the newly FDA-cleared Shockwave Medical Lithoplasty System, at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. Brinton is clinical associate professor and adjunct associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University Medical Center. Read the article “FDA Clears Lithoplasty Balloon That Shatters Calcified Lesions With Ultrasound.”
 

Heart Valve Technology | November 14, 2016

William Abraham, M.D., FACC, discusses advances in heart failure device treatment technologies at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. He is director of the division of cardiovascular medicine and a professor of internal medicine, physiology and cell biology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He also served as principal investigator of the CHAMPION Trial for the CardioMEMS device. Read the article "Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions."

Heart Valve Technology | November 09, 2016

A discussion with Michael Reardon, M.D. about the state of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as of late 2016. He is a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, was the chairman of the patient screening committee for the CoreValve U.S. pivotal trial, nation PI on the Lotus Pivotal Trial, and the national PI of the ongoing the CoreValve intermediate and low-risk trials. Read more in the article "Trends in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)."

Structural Heart | November 09, 2016

Brijeshwar Maini, M.D., and Brian Bethea, M.D., from Tenet Florida’s structural heart program, explain the importance of building a good heart team and how that team should interact. They gave a presentation on image guidance for structural heart procedures at TCT 2016, but focused repeatedly on the need for close collaboration to be successful. Read more in the article "Requirements for Interventional Echocardiographers."

Stents Bioresorbable | November 09, 2016

Juan Granada, M.D., executive director and chief scientific officer of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's Skirball Center for Innovation, explains the shortcomings of the first bioresorbable stent on the U.S. market, proper patient selection and what new BRS technologies are in development. Granada presented numerous sessions on bioresorbable scaffolds at TCT 2016. Read more about bioresorbable stents in "Tempering the Bioresorbable Stent Euphoria Following FDA Clearance of the Absorb."

 

Hypertension | November 08, 2016

Krishna Rocha-Singh, M.D., Prairie Vascular Institute, Springfield, Ill., explains advancements in device therapy for hypertension at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016 annual meeting. He was involved in the SYMPLICITY HTN-3 denervation trial and is the principal investigator for the ongoing Rox Coupler arteriovenous device trial.  Watch the VIDEO “New Approaches to Denervation Therapy.”

Cath Lab | November 08, 2016

David Kandzari, M.D., director of interventional cardiology and chief scientific officer, Piedmont Heart Institute, Atlanta, Ga., explains the impact of the EXCEL Trial at TCT 2016. Piedmont recruited the highest number of patients for the large, randomized trial found the Xience V drug-eluting stent had comparable outcomes to coronary artery bypass graft surgery. This is the first time this parity has been shown in a large trial. Read the article "Stents, Bypass Surgery Equally Safe and Effective for Many With Left Main Heart Disease."

 

 

Heart Valve Technology | November 08, 2016

Studies have shown transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has an increased risk of stroke and cerebral damage due to emboli released during the procedure. Recent clinical data show the extent of this damage on MRI. Several TAVR embolic protection systems are being developed to reduce this damage. This video explains one of those systems. Read about trial data presented at TCT 2016 "Delirium Significantly Associated With Brain Lesions in Patients Post-TAVR."  Read the article, “TAVR Embolic Protection Did Not Reduce Emboli Brain Lesions,” which was a second trial presented at TCT 2016.  

Sudden Cardiac Arrest | October 28, 2016

This video, provided by Zoll, demonstrates how cardiologists can explain sudden cardiac death to patients. It is critical to educate patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), so Rahul Doshi, M.D., director of electrophysiology, associate professor of clinical medicine, Keck Medical Center of University of Southern California, explains sudden cardiac death (SCD) to his patients using a simple illustration. Visit SCDFacts.org for additional resources for you and your team to support the SCD conversation with your patients. One in five post-AMI patients have been shown to be at high risk of dying after PCI.1 The majority of mortality in AMI patients post-PCI occurs in the first three months — one out of every 10 high-risk patients die, with about 60 percent of this mortality due to SCD.[1,2] 

1. Halkin A, et al. Prediction of Mortality After Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute Myocardial Infarction: CADILLAC Risk Score. JACC 2005;45:1397–1405.

2. Stone G, et al. Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Post PTCA in High-Risk Patients. Medscape. April 2011. https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/741503_transcript

Inventory Management | October 28, 2016

With quality of care and cost efficiency at the top of your mind, there is no room in your hospital for waste from high-value supplies. However, managing your critical supplies in the cath lab can be a challenge. How can you get the supply waste in your facility under control? Watch this short video to learn how an automated inventory management solution could help you reduce the waste in your hospital while improving your total cost of care. For more information visit www.cardinalhealth.com.

 

Inventory Management | September 21, 2016

With bundled payments putting increased pressure on hospitals to manage supply costs while providing quality patient care, there is no room in your cath lab for high-value medical device waste. An automated inventory management solution could help you find and reduce the waste hiding in your supply chain while helping to improve your total cost of care. Visit cardinalhealth.com/CIMS

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) | September 16, 2016

This video, provided by Shockwave Medical, demonstrates the Lithoplasty System. It uses ultrasonic waves to treatment calcified plaque in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). It was cleared by the U.S. FDA in September 2016. The technology is the first of its kind in interventional cardiovascular medicine. Using similar lithotripsy technology that is already in use to break up kidney stones, the balloon catheter cracks and breaks up calcium in vessel walls, without the need to over inflate the balloon, which can lead to extensive vessel damage.  Read the article "FDA Clears Lithoplasty Balloon That Shatters Calcified Lesions With Ultrasound."

 

 

Inventory Management | August 15, 2016

Pacemakers, stents and bandages — keeping tracking of what is on hand and accurately capturing charges can be a challenge. What if you could track, manage and analyze your cath lab inventory – low cost to high value – to reveal powerful business intelligence and shine a light on new savings and revenue capture? 

Inventory Management | July 19, 2016

You have bigger priorities than managing inventory. Patient safety, quality care and clinician satisfaction top the list. But automated technology can help you improve the way you purchase, control and manage your cath lab inventory, allowing you to positively support your top priorities – and your hospital’s overall performance. For more information, watch this archived webinar on inventory management in the cath lab

Structural Heart | June 30, 2016

Interview with Stephen Little, M.D., medical director of the Valve Clinic at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 annual meeting. He explains the technologies his center is using to aid transcatheter structural heart procedure navigation, including TAVR, transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR), LAA occlusion, and septal defect occlusions. Read the article “Requirements for Interventional Echocardiographers.” Also, watch the VIDEO "What is Required for Interventional Echo - Discussion With Rebecca Hahn."

 

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 28, 2016

Interview with Rebecca Hahn, M.D., FASE, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, at the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2016 meeting. She is an expert in the new subspecialty of interventional echo and discussed considerations for hospitals thinking of creating interventional echo programs to help guide complex transcatheter structural heart procedures in the cath lab or hybrid OR. Read the article “Requirements for Interventional Echocardiographers.”  Also, watch the related VIDEO "Transcatheter Structural Heart Procedure Navigation Technology Advances."

 

Structural Heart Occluders | June 16, 2016

This is an animation, supplied by Gore, demonstrated how the Cardioform Septal Occluder is implanted for the transcatheter closure of ASDs or PFOs. It is a permanent implant consisting of a wire frame covered with a thin ePTFE membrane. The wire frame is made of a nitinol alloy. Read more about closing holes in the heart.

Read about the FDA additional PFO closure indication approval in April 2017.  

 

ACC | April 15, 2016

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the trends and interesting new technologies from the vendor booths on the expo floor at the 2016 meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). 

Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | April 15, 2016

David Holmes, M.D., professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, shares details from his presentations at ACC.16 regarding the Watchman left atrial appendage occluder. 

ACC | April 15, 2016

MDbuyline clinical analyst Tom Watson, BS, RCVT, explains the new hemodynamic system technology trends at ACC.16. All technologies are being increasingly integrated into the electronic medical record.  Read the article “Improving Cath Lab Efficiency With Today’s Hemodynamic Systems.” 

 

Heart Valve Technology | April 15, 2016

John Carroll, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and director of interventional cardiology at the University of Colorado Hospital, explains his late-breaker presentation data at ACC.16.  He researched outcomes and procedural volume based on the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) STS/ACC TVT Registry.

Heart Valve Technology | April 15, 2016

Chandan Devireddy, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta and an investigator in the PARTNER trials, discusses the positive late-breaking PARTNER II and IIA data presented at ACC.16. Among the key measures in these trials was the stroke rate, which is now the same as surgery.

CT Angiography (CTA) | April 12, 2016

A discussion on the adoption rate of FFR-CT with Dr. Campbell Rogers, chief medical officer of HeartFlow. It is the first vendor to gain FDA approval for noninvasive, virtual fractional flow reserve measurements derived from cardiac computed tomography scans. Read the article "Clinical Applications of FFR-CT."
 

 

Stents Bioresorbable | April 12, 2016

Gregg Stone, M.D., director of cardiovascular research and education at Columbia University Medical Center / New York-Presbyterian Hospital, explains ABSORB Trial data showing bioresorbable stents had poor outcomes in small coronary vessels. This might be included as a restriction in the instructions for use of the Abbott Absorb stent, which is currently pending FDA final review.  Read the related article "Questions Remain on Future of Bioresorbable Stents." Also, read the article "FDA Approves First Totally Bioresorbable Stent."

Heart Valve Technology | April 11, 2016

Dr. Vinod Thourani, professor of surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine and a co-investigator for the PARTNER II Trial, discusses the biggest news item from ACC.16 — the Sapien 3 TAVR device performed better that surgical aortic valve replacement. 

Inventory Management | March 10, 2016

Managing inventory in the procedural area is often a challenge that creates substantial waste and inefficiency that impacts your bottom line. Understanding how to overcome the top barriers allows you to spend more time on patient care and less time on tackling your supplies. Learn how you can manage inventory more effectively with Cardinal Health Inventory Management Solutions. For more information visit cardinalhealth.com/cims.

 

Cardiac Imaging | December 11, 2015

ITN/DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shows his choices for some of the most innovative new imaging technologies on the expo floor at Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2015 meeting.

TCT | November 05, 2015

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell offers his choices for the most innovative new interventional cardiovascular technologies presented on the expo floor and in sessions at the 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting. 

TCT | November 05, 2015

Tom Watson, clinical analyst for MDBuyLine, and DAIC Dave Fornell discuss some of the technology trends at the 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting.

Renal Denervation | November 03, 2015

Robert Schwartz, M.D., medical director at the Minnesota Heart Institute, explains new applications for denervation therapies for hypertension, heart failure and other disease. 

Cath Lab | November 03, 2015

Guillaume Baillaird, CEO of ControlRad Systems, described how his company's technology can significantly reduce radiation dose to staff and patients during angiography procedures.

Radial Access | October 30, 2015

Sunil Rao, M.D., associate professor of medicine and a member in the Duke University Clinical Research Institute, a leading proponent of radial access offers insights as to where radial access is at in the United States. Radial access is rapidly growing and was a topic of late-breaking trials presented at the 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting. Read the article "Radial Access Adoption in the United States."
 

 

Intravascular Imaging | October 30, 2015

Ziad  Ali, M.D., associate director of translational medicine, Columbia University Medical Center / New York-Presbyterian Hospital, explains recent advances in IVUS, OCT and FFR. This was a big topics discussed at the 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting. Read the article “10 Reasons Why You Need Supplemental Imaging in the Cath Lab.”
 

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