ASE Past President James Thomas, M.D., explains some of the hot topics in cardiovascular ultrasound at the 2014 meeting of the American Society Echocardiography (ASE).
VIDEO: Use of an Antibacterial Envelope to Reduce Infections for Pacemakers, ICDs
Khaldoun Tarakji, M.D., MPH, associate section head, section of electrophysiology and pacing in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He presented the WRAP-IT late-breaking trial at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting. The trial looked at the use of an antibacterial envelope for pacemakers and ICDs to reduce infection risk.
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VIDEO: Key Trends in Electrophysiology — Apple Watch to Detect AF and the CABANA Trial — Interview with Christine Albert, M.D.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices for the most innovative new technologies in nuclear imaging that were on display at the 2014 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Satoshi Minoshima, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Scientific Committee, discusses the new technologies and trends at SNMMI 2014.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell offers his choices of the most innovative new cardiovascular technologies shown on the expo floor at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2014 meeting.
Bioresorbable stent technology was one of the big interventional technologies discussed at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2014 meeting. Doug Drachman, M.D., Mass General Hospital, explains where the technology is today and what we will likely see in the future. Read the article "FDA Approves First Totally Bioresorbable Stent."
The biggest late-breaking news to come out of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2014 meeting was from the CoreValve High-Risk pivotal trial, which showed a transcatheter valve offers a 26 percent survival benefit over surgical valve replacement. Co-Principal Investigator David Adams, M.D., explained the impact of the trial.
A major disappointment earlier this year was the announcement by Medtronic that its renal denervation system failed to meet its primary endpoint for efficacy in the U.S. SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial. Michael Jaff , D.O., worked as part of the core lab for the trial and explains the trial outcomes and the future of renal denervation technology.
A big trend in healthcare IT at HIMSS 2014 was the creation of enterprise-wide image access systems. With the introduction of vendor neutral archives (VNAs), enterprise imaging will increasingly be taken out of the hands of radiology and move to the responsibility of hospital IT directors. In this form, radiology may become just another department contributing images to the VNA. HIMSS also highlighted the proliferation of new, inexpensive home use patient monitors.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell offers his choices of the most innovative new cardiovascular technologies discussed in sessions and shown on the expo floor at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2013 meeting.
Scott Lim, M.D., director of the Heart Valve Center at the University of Virginia Medical Center, investigator in the EVEREST and COAPT trials, discusses the MitraClip transcatheter mitral valve repair system at TCT 2013. The device recieved FDA clearance a couple days before TCT.
Herbert Aronow, M.D., MPH, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, and an active member of ACC and SCAI, explains the top interventional cardiology highlights at TCT 2013.
American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) President Benjamin Byrd III, M.D., FASE, explains some of the recent trends and issues facing cardiac ultrasound. These trends include reimbursement issues, the rapid expansion of point-of-care ultrasound and the critical role played by the new sub-specialty of interventional ultrasound.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights some of the biggest trends and most innovative technology discussed during the American Society of Echocardiology (ASE) 2013 annual meeting.
Agfa Healthcare introduced new functionality and workflow improvements for its completely revised cardiovascular information system (CVIS), introduced at the American College of Cardiology 2013 meeting. The CV12 system offers new solutions for echocardiography, nuclear perfusion imaging, cath lab reporting and ECG management and reporting. For more information, visit www.agfahealthcare.com
SunTech demonstrated its new Tango M2 cardiac stress test automated blood pressure monitoring system at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2013. The system eliminates the need to manually take blood pressure readings during a stress test, which can sometimes be difficult because of patient motion. It also allows clinicians to focus on the patient and the test instead of worrying about periodic blood pressure measurements. For more information, visit www.SunTechMed.com/TM2Info
McKesson highlighted enhancements to its cardiovascular information system (CVIS) version 13. The system offers new modules for electrophysiology, inventory control and aids interoperability for better change capture and data mining. For more information, visit www.allaboutCVIS.com
Ajay Kirtane, M.D., SD, chief academic officer at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, explains the key highlights regarding interventional cardiology at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2013. These included data on the use of cangrelor vs. clopidogrel during cath lab procedures, first U.S. reports on using the smaller Sapient XT transcatheter aortic valve, and the safety of using shorter duration dual-antiplatelet therapy with drug-eluting stents.
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2013 Scientific Session Committee Chairman Miguel Quinones, M.D., explains some of the key highlights from this year's meeting. Highlights included the impact of niacin on lowering cholesterol, new data on transcatheter aortic valve repair, and how mummies show atherosclerosis is not a modern disease.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell explains his choices for the most innovative new technology on the expo floor at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2013. These include new angiography systems, dose monitoring software and technology integrations, an iPhone ECG monitoring device, ultrasound-aided CRT lead optimization, and new radiation protection aprons that are up to 50 percent lighter.
The Iowa Heart Center created a telecardiology program that connects cardiologists in Des Moines with satellite facilities in rural towns around the state. With help from Esaote, patients can have their echo exams performed on a compact ultrasound system and delivered to Des Moines for review by experts. Iowa Heart will detail its program during sessions at ACC.2013, March 9-11, in San Francisco.
At RSNA 2012, Hitachi featured its Echelon Oval 1.5T MRI system, which features the widest bore on the market at 74 cm, a wide table and the ability to perform non-contrast MR angiography exams. Hitachi also highlighted new features for its Scenaria CT system, which is upgradeable to a 128-slice system, offers new, faster iterative reconstruction software and cardiac imaging packages.
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell highlights the latest advancements that will impact cardiovascular imaging from the 2012 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. RSNA is the largest medical imaging show in the world and most advancements are shown here first.
Imaging Technology News experts discuss the trends and latest technology they saw on the show floor and in sessions at RSNA 2012. Their discussions include some of the most innovative new devices and software to solve issues facing radiology today.
One-year results from the ADAPT-DES Trial were presented during TCT 2012. It examined patient hyporesponsiveness to clopidogrel and aspirin in a large-scale, prospective, multicenter study.
Results from the POSEIDON Trial were presented at TCT 2012. Data showed a positive strategy to prevent contrast-induced nephropathy in patients with renal impairment undergoing interventional catheterization procedures.
The PC Trial data presented at TCT 2012 looked at transcather PFO closure vs. medical therapy in preventing cryptogenic strokes.
The results of the FAME II Trial were presented at the 2012 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting. The study showed the cost effectveness of fractional-flow reserve (FFR) therapy vs. standard medical therapy.
Positive results from the RESPECT Trial of transcatheter patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure vs. standard medical therapy were presented by John Carroll, M.D., University of Colorado Hospital, at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2012 meeting.
Read the article on the trial results — "PFO Closure May Improve Outcomes Over Medical Therapy in Cryptogenic Stroke."
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Editor Dave Fornell shares his choices of the latest advances in cardiac ultrasound from the show floor of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2012. With the increasing use of more complex interventional procedures, transesophageal echo (TEE) and intracardiac echo (ICE) are being used for guidance to reduce fluoroscopic radiation dose.
Three big trends were seen in cardiovascular ultrasound during the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) 2012 meeting. Malissa Wood, M.D., co-director of the Women's Center at Mass General Hospital, Boston, and chair of the ASE Public Relations Committee, explains these trends. The biggest is the expanding use of ultrasound and transesophageal echo (TEE) in the cath lab and hybrid OR for structural heart procedural navigation. Other trends include use of pocket ultrasound and new software advances to simlify and reduce the time it takes to use 3-D echo and make quantifications. For more information: www.dicardiology.com/article/ultrasound-sees-increasing-use-interventional-procedures
To help hospitals upgrade their electrophysiology (EP) reporting systems and integrate EP into cardiovascular and hospital reporting systems, Michael Mirro, M.D., FACC, medical director, cardiology/electrophysiology, Parkview Physicians Group, Ft. Wayne, Ind., offers suggestions of what to look for in systems. He spoke about cardiovascular/EP IT integration and the impact of healthcare reforms during the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2012 scientific sessions. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
Data was presented during the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2012 scientific sessions that showed the Riata ICD lead had a higher malfunction rate than comparable leads. The results from "Independent Multicenter Study of Riata and Riata ST Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Leads" were presented by Raed H. Abdelhadi, M.D., FACC, a cardiologist and electrophysiologist researcher at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Editor Dave Fornell shows some of the most innovative new technology displayed on the show floor at the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual scientific sessions. The tour includes new devices and trends in electrophysiology. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) President-Elect Hugh Calkins, M.D., FACC, director, cardiac arrhythmia services and EP lab, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., offers an overview of trends and top news in electrophysiology at the HRS 2012 scientific sessions. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
Pivitol trial data regarding the safety and efficacy of the Cameron Health Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD) system was very positive. The system is currently pending FDA approval and would be the only subcutaneous lead electrophysiology device cleared for use in the United States. The system eliminates the need for venous leads and intra-cardiac securement, greatly simplifying the implant procedure. Data from Cameron Health's IDE trial was presented by Martin Burke, DO, FACC, FACOI, FRCP, director, Heart Rhythm Center, University of Chicago, at the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2012 scientific sessions. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are safe in patients who participate in sports, according to a study presented during Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2012. Rachel Lampert, M.D., associate professor of medicine, section of cardiovascular medicine, Yale School of Medicine, explains the study findings during a press briefing at HRS. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
The ACRIN-PA trial showed computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography can be more cost-effective than the standard-of-care in evaluating patients with chest pain in the emergency department. The data was presented during the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 scientific sessions. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
New data from the PARTNER trial for the Edwards Sapien Valve were presented during the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 scientific sessions. The new information included two-year clinical and echocardiographic outcomes after transcatheter vs. surgical aortic valve replacement in high-risk surgical patients. For more information: www.DIcardiology.com
One of the most interesting educational exhibits at the recent American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 Scientific Session was "The Heart of Innovation" display on the show floor. The ACC in collaboration with marquee sponsor Philips Healthcare and several other industry leaders created this non-accredited, hands-on education experience. The exhibit explored the evolution of the standard-of-care for heart disease and heart failure caused by valvular disease. It looked at these issues through the lenses of personalized medicine, techno-biology, minimally invasive procedures and physician-patient engagement. The exhibit included technology from the past, present and future of healthcare. To incorporate a historical view, the entrance to the display included the ACC's special collection of historic artifacts encompassing medical books, stethoscopes and device technology dating back hundreds of years, including a stethoscope from 1535. This historical perspective was juxtaposed with a modern attendee experience that included the option to explore the entire exhibit with a specially provided iPad tour. The centerpiece was a mockup of a hybrid OR. It included a Corindus CorPath robotic cath lab intervention guidance system. Other partners included Maquet, showing a portable heart-lung machine the size of a small suitcase and the CFI Medical Solutions ZeroGravity radiation protection system. What made the hybrid OR particularly unique was that it was situated across from the Minimally Invasive Gallery, which featured many of the innovations that are driving procedures performed in the hybrid OR. The gallery encompassed solutions from Medtronic and Edwards Lifesciences, including Edward's breakthrough Sapien transcatheter heart valve. The display discussed current treatments and what the future technologies will likely be from the standard-of-care in the future.
Siemens' AcuNav V 3-D intracardiac echo (ICE) catheter offers detailed, live 3-D images of the interior of the heart. This video shows an example of the catheter imaging the pulmonary vein. The technology may play a role in better guiding transcatheter electrophysiology (EP) ablation procedures. The technology was shown as a work-in-progress during ACC 2012.