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VIDEO: Cardiac Radiotherapy Ablation to Treat Ventricular Tachycardia

Ablation Systems | September 26, 2019

Clifford Robinson, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology, chief of the SBRT service, director of clinical trials, Washington University, St. Louis, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, explains the longer term results of cardiac radiotherapy ablation to treat ventricular tachycardia

The results of the ENCORE-VT study were presented at ASTRO 2019.

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Ablation Systems | September 26, 2019

Clifford Robinson, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology, chief of the SBRT service, director of clinical trials, Washington University, St. Louis, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, explains the longer term results of cardiac radiotherapy ablation to treat ventricular tachycardia

The results of the ENCORE-VT study were presented at ASTRO 2019.

EP Lab | July 26, 2019

Mark Ibrahim, M.D., FACC, assistant professor of medicine and radiology, associate program director, advanced cardiac imaging fellowship, University of Utah, explains what radiologists and cardiologists need to know what is needed from CT imaging prior to ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). He spoke at a joint session of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the 2019 SCCT meeting. 

 

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EP Lab | July 25, 2019

Pierre Qian, MBBS, cardiac electrophysiologist fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital, explains how his facility is working with radiation oncology to use radio therapy to noninvasively ablate ventricular tachycardia (VT). He spoke on this topics during a joint electrophysiology session by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) at the SCCT 2019 meeting.

Here is a link to another radiotherapy EP project Qian recently had published - A Novel Microwave Catheter Can Perform Noncontact Circumferential Endocardial Ablation in a Model of Pulmonary Vein Isolation

 

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Atrial Fibrillation | June 21, 2019

Sanjaya Gupta, M.D., electrophysiologist, St. Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, and assistant professor, University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, explains how his center developed an artificial intelligence (AI) application to automatically risk stratify atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients. The Epic-based app stratifies patients into those who should be placed on anticoagulation and those who are candidates for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. He spoke at the 2019 AI-Med Cardiology conference

His center hopes to develop similar guidelines based AI apps for other types of cardiac risk scoring. Gupta said he is looking for other centers to partner with to co-develop and test these AI apps.    

 

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Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | April 25, 2019

This video offers an overview of the Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder system, including information of its design, implantation and clinical data supporting its use. Catheter-based LAA occlusion is used to seal off the LAA in the heart, which is the source of most stroke-causing clots in patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib). The device be used in place of anticoagulation therapy for stroke prevention. 

 

Related LAA Occlusion Content:

VIDEO: New Data on LAA Occlusion From the PREVAIL and PROTECT Trials — Interview with Vivek Reddy, M.D.

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VIDEO: Comparison Between Watchman vs. Amulet LAA Occluders — Interview with Ashish Pershad, M.D.

Device-related Thrombus After Watchman LAA Closure Occurs in Small Number of Patients

Closure of Left Atrial Appendage During Heart Surgery Protects the Brain

 

March 28, 2019

Interview with Frederick Masoudi, M.D., FACC, FAHA, professor of cardiology at the University of Colorado Hospital, and a physician leader of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The NCDR is the American College of Cardiology's suite of cardiovascular data registries helping hospitals and private practices measure and improve the quality of care they provide.

Additional videos and coverage of the University of Colorado Hospital

 

Wearables | March 26, 2019

Khaldoun Tarakji, M.D., MPH, staff physician in the 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, explains how wearable devices and smart phone apps can be used to aid electrophysiologists in patient care. He said the devices offer a constant remote monitoring of patient heart data, which can be helpful in diagnosing various types of arrhythmias and cardiac conditions. However, the main issue is how to sort through the large volumes of data and to figure out what the clinical value of some of this consumer data is through studies.  He spoke at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 meeting.

 

Other Cardiac Wearable Content:

VIDEO: Use of Wearable Medical Devices for Cardiac Rehabilitation — Interview with Robert Klempfner, M.D.

VIDEO: The Future of Wearables in Healthcare — Interview with Karl Poterack, M.D.

 

 

EP Lab | March 21, 2019

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. 

Read the ACC.19 article Medtronic Tyrx Envelope Significantly Reduces Major Infections in Cardiac Implantable Device Patients.

 

Rlated EP video From ACC.19:

VIDEO: Key Trends in Electrophysiology — Apple Watch to Detect AF and the CABANA Trial — Interview with Christine Albert, M.D.

 

 

EP Lab | February 27, 2019

This is a virtual heart with the same electrophysiology characteristics as the real patient being developed to help optimize cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) lead placement. CRT currently has a 30 percent nonresponder rate, which is mainly due to the placement of leads. This model allows virtual placement of the leads In various locations to test response prior to the implantation procedure. The green dot shows the location of the virtual lead. It was unveiled at the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2019 annual meeting in February by Siemens. This "digital twin" technology is in development and will be able to create virtual, digital organs from a patient’s ECG, MRI scan and other clinical data. Siemens said the technology also might have applications for testing virtual ablations strategies to save procedure time when the patient is in the EP lab

Read more about the digital twin technology.

Look through a photo gallery of other new technologies at HIMSS19. 

Find news and videos from HIMSS 2019.

 

EP Lab | January 03, 2019

This is a quick video tour of one of the dedicated electrophysiology (EP) labs at the University of Colorado Hospital. The room is built around a Siemens Artis Q.zen bi-plane angiography system. The system allows low radiation fluoro imaging, which reduced exposure to both patients and operators during long EP ablation procedures. 

Equipment in stock in this lab includes the Medtronic Artic Front cryoablation balloon.

Watch the VIDEO: Cryoballoon Ablation Best Practice Guidelines, an interview with Wilber Su, M.D.

Watch the related VIDEO: Cath Lab Walk Through at the University of Colorado Hospital
 

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EP Lab | November 15, 2018

Wilber Su, M.D., chief of cardiac electrophysiology, Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, explains the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) best practices document on cryoballoon ablation. He led the development of that document. He spoke at the 2018 American Heart Association (AHA) meeting.

Read the HRS "Best practice guide for cryoballoon ablation in atrial fibrillation: The compilation experience of more than 3,000 procedures."

Read the related article "New Technologies to Improve Atrial Fibrillation Ablation."

 

 

Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | October 01, 2018

Ashish Pershad, M.D., medical director, structural heart program, Banner University Medical Heart Institute, Phoenix, explains the difference he found between the FDA cleared Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder and the Abbott Amplatzer Amulet device now in U.S. trials. He spoke on these differences at the 2018 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. 

Watch the VIDEO: New Data on LAA Occlusion From the PREVAIL and PROTECT Trials — Interview with Vivek Reddy, M.D.

Read the article "Occluding the Left Atrial Appendage (LAA)."

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Stroke | May 09, 2018

A new clinical trial at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is examining an implanted device that uses vagus nerve stimulation to help stroke patients regain motor function. The Vivistim device is similar to a pacemaker, which uses leads to electrically stimulate the brain. 

Read the article "New Therapy Rewires the Brain to Improve Stoke Recovery."
 

 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest | March 14, 2018

The Zoll LifeVest is a temporary, wearable defibrillator designed as a safety net for patients, especially those being evaluated for a permanent implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The Vest Prevention of Early Sudden Death Trial (VEST), presented at ACC 2018, was the first randomized, controlled, multi-center trial of the wearable cardioverter defibrillator. It looked to see if this device could effectively reduce sudden death in patients who had recently suffered a heart attack and had reduced heart function. Read more about the VEST Trial. 

Wearables | January 29, 2018

Take a video tour of some of the medical devices designed to improve patient care, improve patient engagement and increase physiologic monitoring highlighted at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). One of the most interesting technologies is a flexible electronics ECG monitor that can bend and twist with the skin and interfaces with a smartphone app. The exhibition includes more than 3,000 vendors and more than 170,000 attendees. For more examples of future healthcare technologies, watch the VIDEO “Editor's Choice of Future Healthcare Technologies at HIMSS.” 
 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | December 13, 2017

Emanuel Kanal, M.D., director of MRI services and professor of radiology and neuroradiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, explains the new mobile application he developed, which lets users visually model the forces at work during an MRI exam on patients with implanted medical devices, at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.

Read the related article “The Changing Relationship Between MRIs and Pacemakers.”

Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | November 14, 2017

Vivek Reddy, M.D., director of cardiac arrhythmia services and professor of medicine, cardiology, Mount Sinai Hospital, N.Y., explains the latest Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder study data presented at the 2017 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. Watch the VIDEO “Post-FDA Approval Experience of LAA Occluders,” with David Holmes, M.D. Watch a VIDEO interview with Reddy at Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2017 on leadless pacing technologies

EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | October 24, 2017

This video, provided by Acutus Medical, demonstrates a patient case showing the use of the AcQMap high-resolution electrophysiology (EP) mapping system. The system was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2017. Read about the FDA approval. See more about this system in the VIDEO "Editor's Choice of Most Innovative New Technology at HRS 2017."

Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 29, 2017

Leyla Elif Sade, M.D., MESC, professor of cardiology at Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey, discusses use of echo for cardiac resychronization therapy (CRT) lead optimization at the 2017 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting.

 

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Cardiovascular Business | June 06, 2017

Andrea Natale, M.D., FACC, FHRS, FESC, executive medical director, Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David's Medical Center, discusses how to build an electrophysiology (EP) program at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting. Read the article "Growing a Cardiac Rhythm Program in a Community Setting."
 

 

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | June 01, 2017

Lucas Boersma, M.D., Ph.D., FESC, St. Antonius Ziekenhuis, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, discusses how subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) technology works, selecting patient appropriate patients and new S-ICD technologies in development at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting. Read the article "Subcutaneous ICD System Shows Positive Outcomes in Largest Real-world Study."

Watch the related VIDEO: How to Install a Subcutaneous ICD System

Read the related article New Technology and Market Challenges Facing Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators.
 

 

EP Lab | May 26, 2017

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new electrophysiology (EP) technology at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Learn more about the Heart Rhythm Society 2017 late-breaking electrophysiology trials.
 

Leads Implantable Devices | May 25, 2017

Bruce Wilkoff, M.D., director of cardiac pacing and tachyarrhythmia devices at Cleveland Clinic, discusses advancements in lead management technology at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Read the article “ Study Shows Occlusion Balloon Saves Lives During Lead Extraction.”  Read the articles “Advances in Transvenous Lead Extraction,” and  “Strategies, New Technologies Aid Lead Management.”

 

Pacemakers | May 23, 2017

Vivek Reddy, M.D., director of cardiac arrhythmia services and professor of medicine, cardiology, Mount Sinai Hospital, N.Y., discusses advancements in leadless pacemaker technology at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. He explains the pros and cons of leadless pacemaker technology as it stands today. One of the issues is that leadless pacing is currently limited to single chamber pacing, while most patients require dual chamber pacing. Reddy discusses the technology that currently has U.S. FDA market clearance, the Medtronic Micra, and new technologies in development to overcome the limitations the Micra.

Read the related articles “Leadless Endocardial CRT Pacing Effective for Heart Failure Patients,” and “New Data Showcases Long-term Benefits of Nanostim Leadless Pacemaker.”

 

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Devices (CRT) | May 23, 2017

This video, provided by ERB, demonstrates the function and implantation of the WiSE CRT (Wireless Stimulation Endocardially for cardiac resynchronization therapy) leadless CRT pacing system for heart failure patients. Read the article “Leadless Endocardial CRT Pacing Effective for Heart Failure Patients.” 

Atrial Fibrillation | May 17, 2017

Hugh Calkins, M.D., FACC, FAHA, FHRS, director of cardiac arrhythmia services and professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, discusses advancements in AF ablation at the 2017 Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual meeting. Read about the new AF expert consensus statement released at HRS 2017.

 

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New Technologies to Improve Atrial Fibrillation Ablation

Landmark CABANA Trial Confirms Ablation Equal To or Superior to Drug Therapy

VIDEO: Cryoballoon Ablation Best Practice Guidelines — Wilber Su, M.D.

 

 

EP Lab | May 17, 2017

This video, provided by Spectranetics, demonstrates how to deploy the Bridge Occlusion Balloon used to seal accidental tears in the superior vena cava (SVC) during EP device lead extraction procedures. A review of post-market release data shown it can bridge the patient to open surgical repair and significantly reduce the usual 50 percent mortality associated with this complication. Read the article about the late-breaking clinical trial presentation from Heart Rhythm 2017.

Pacemakers | May 16, 2017

This video, provided by Medtronic, demonstrates the implantation of Micra transcatheter pacing system (TPS). The device is a leadless pacemaker for single chamber pacing and eliminated the need for a surgical pocket or transvenous leads. The design concept is to simplify pacemaker implantation and eliminate the need for leads, which open the patient up to additional device and infection complications. 

Watch the VIDEO “Current State of Leadless Pacemaker Technology,” an interview with Vivek Reddy, M.D., at the Heart Rhythm Society 2017 meeting.

Read the 2018 article "New Pacemaker Technologies."

Read the article “Safety, Performance of the World's Smallest Pacemaker Reinforced in Real-world Patients.”
 

EP Lab | April 10, 2017

A discussion with Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) President Michael Gold, M.D., Ph.D., director of cardiology and associate dean at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), at the American College of Cardiology 2017 annual meeting. He discusses advances to treat atrial fibrillation, new ablation and electro mapping technologies and innovations in implantable devices.

Read the article "What is New in Electrophysiology Technologies."
 

 

ACC | April 03, 2017

DAIC Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the interesting new technologies from the vendor booths on the expo floor at the 2017 meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). For key technology trends at ACC.17, watch the VIDEO "Cardiac Technology Trends at ACC.17."

EP Mapping and Imaging Systems | February 01, 2017

This video, provided by Medtronic, demonstrates the CardioInsight electro-anatomical mapping system. It was cleared by the FDA in early 2017. It uses an ECG lead vest to noninvasively create a 3-D electrophysiology (EP) electro-map of the heart to help identify arrhythmia and plan catheter ablation procedures. Read the related article on the technology. 

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."

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

Heart Failure | September 02, 2016

This video, provided by Respicardia, demonstrates the Remede System is a pacemaker-like implantable device. It is designed to improve cardiovascular health by restoring natural breathing during sleep in patients with central sleep apnea. In this video from The Ohio State University, William Abraham, M.D., director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explains how the technology works and highlights one patient case involved in a recent study of the device

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? 

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