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
VIDEO: Pacemaker For Stroke Recovery Tested by The Ohio State University
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.
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.
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 a transseptal puncture. This new ICE technology may help better guide these punctures, which are routinely used in catheter ablations and transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder delivery. The technology was shown as a work-in-progress during ACC 2012.
During the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 Scientific Session, McKesson displayed new features for its cardiovascular information system (CVIS). These included an electrophysiology (EP) reporting workflow, the addition of stress and Holter support and integrated inventory management. The features were shown as works-in-progress as part of the upcoming release of McKesson Cardiology v13.0, slated for release by early summer 2012. The EP reporting module integrates diagnostics including tilt tables, implantable devices and ablation treatment EP recording systems. For more information: www.allaboutCVIS.com
This video, provided by Boston Scientific, shows how to implant the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) system. Unlike conventional implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which require thin, insulated wires (leads) to pass through the venous system and into the heart, the entire S-ICD System sits just below the skin and leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched. This technology has the potential to expand the reach of ICD therapy, offering physicians and appropriate patients a new alternative to traditional ICDs. Read the most recent article on the S-ICD — “FDA Clears MRI-safe Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD) System.”