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Medtronic’s Endurant ‘AAA’ Stent Graft Shows Sustained Durability in Complex Patients

April 11, 2013 11:21 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Presented to endovascular specialists at the 35th Charing Cross International Symposium in London, a new analysis of clinical data on the Endurant AAA Stent Graft System from Medtronic demonstrates the implanted medical device’s consistent and compelling performance in treating abdominal aortic aneurysms across a range of patient anatomies.

U-M Researchers Find New Way to Clear Cholesterol from the Blood

April 11, 2013 10:59 am | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified a new potential therapeutic target for lowering cholesterol that could be an alternative or complementary therapy to statins. Scientists in the lab of David Ginsburg at the Life Sciences Institute inhibited the action of a gene responsible for transporting a protein that interferes with the ability of the liver to remove cholesterol from the blood in mice.

Global Clinical Study Initiated to Determine Safety and Effectiveness of Stent for Patients with Iliofemoral Venous Obstruction

April 11, 2013 9:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 11, 2013--Cook Medical has launched the VIVO clinical research study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Zilver ® Vena™ Venous Self-Expanding Stent in the treatment of symptomatic iliofemoral venous outflow obstruction. This disease is...

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U.S. Healthcare Groups Taking a Closer Look at Medical Implants

April 10, 2013 1:14 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A quartet of U.S. healthcare groups are teaming up to take a closer look at the long-term effectiveness of medical implants, launching independent clinical studies in order to evaluate devices and their outcomes for patients, the group announced this week.

Theragenics Launches Torx™ Transitionless Guidewires

April 10, 2013 7:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BUFORD, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 10, 2013--Theragenics Corporation ® (NYSE: TGX), a medical device company serving the surgical products and prostate cancer treatment markets, today announced that Galt Medical (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Theragenics) launched its Torx™ transitionless guidewire...

Real-Time Navigation of Left Ventricular Leads

April 9, 2013 10:50 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) has announced market release of the CardioGuide Implant System, a novel real-time navigation system for cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers and defibrillators (CRT-P and CRT-D), in the United States and Canada.

AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference

April 8, 2013 3:37 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

AdvaMed 2013 is the leading MedTech conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking.

Patients Slap St. Jude Medical with Lawsuits over Recalled Riata Heart Wires

April 5, 2013 2:27 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical was slapped with multiple lawsuits in California courts yesterday over its recalled Riata defibrillator lead, alleging that the heart wires were defective and led to injuries or death for more than 30 patients. The lawsuits generally accuse St. Jude of violating both state and federal requirements for reporting issues with medical devices...

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Court Overturns $482M Patent Decision Against J&J

April 5, 2013 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court says that a Johnson & Johnson heart stent does not infringe a patent held by a doctor and inventor, overturning a $482 million decision against the company.

Symetis Touts Positive Findings for Its Acurate TA TAVI System

April 4, 2013 4:21 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Swiss medical device maker Symetis released 30-day registry findings for its 2nd-generation transcatheter aortic valve implantation systems, touting high procedural success rates and minimal valve leakage. Results from the SAVI postmarket registry highlighted findings from the 1st 250 patients implanted with Symetis' Acurate TA TAVI system, which won European regulatory approval in September 2011.

Stealthy AtheroMed Raises $6M for Peripheral Atherectomy Device

April 4, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

AtheroMed said it's raised a $6 million equity round, taking its total funding raise since 2009 to $20 million, according to regulatory filings. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based medical device company is developing an atherectomy device for treating peripheral artery disease, according to its website.

Rapid Increase In Sclerosant Use Will Drive Steady Expansion Of US Varicose Vein Treatment Device Market

April 4, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

TORONTO, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, growth in the United States market for varicose vein treatment devices will be driven largely by strong growth in the sclerotherapy...

The Heart and Vascular Center Bad Bevensen Treats First Patients in Germany With Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System

April 3, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that the Heart and Vascular Center Bad Bevensen has performed the first successful cases with the Magellan™ Robotic System in Germany. These cases were performed by Dr. Thomas Nolte, Director...

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FDA's New Global Cardiovascular Registry to Start with Transcatheter Heart Valves

April 3, 2013 3:26 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA plans to launch a global cardiovascular medical device registry, with initial efforts to focus on coordinated efforts to monitor transcatheter heart valve technology. The federal watchdog agency will host a public meeting later this month to discuss goals and strategies for organizing such an effort.

Reimbursement Cuts Will Challenge Japanese Interventional Cardiology Device Market

April 3, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, prices of interventional cardiology devices in Japan will see significant declines through 2021. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) is implementing ...

FDA Clears Medtronic's Affinity Fusion Blood Oxygenation System

April 2, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic said the FDA granted 510(k) clearance for its Affinity Fusion blood oxygenator, used during open heart surgery to replace the function of the lungs. The Minneapolis-area medical device company, which is the world's largest pure-play medtech maker, said the Affinity Fusion is designed to filter a patient's blood to remove particles and air during oxygenation.

Imaging Technology Could Lower Coronary Disease Mortality Rate

April 2, 2013 12:06 pm | by Purdue Research Park | News | Comments

Patients undergoing angioplasty or other heart-related medical procedures could benefit from a new technology being developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Optical imaging technology from Wasatch Photonics Inc. creates images of coronary artery walls in vivo to show where lesions and plaques have formed.

Smart Phone App That Helps Patients Manage Heart Disease

April 2, 2013 11:28 am | by Rutgers-Camden | News | Comments

A new smart phone app that helps patients manage heart disease and stay out of the hospital has been developed by a team led by a Rutgers–Camden nursing student. Shannon Patel led a team that developed the WOW ME 2000mg app to help patients, their caregivers, and their family members identify and manage symptoms of heart failure.

Recent Advancements Made in Diagnosing and Treating Heart Failure Could Save and Improve the Lives of Millions

April 2, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 2, 2013--As recently reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a Cleveland Clinic pilot study of 41 patients indicated that an experimental breath analysis device may be able to help diagnose patients with heart failure. In much the same way as...

C.R. Bard Loses Patent Round, $25M Hernia Insurance Decision

April 1, 2013 9:54 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

C.R. Bard revealed a 1-2 punch today when it reported another loss in its patent infringement war with W.L. Gore and an adverse insurance decision that could cost it $25 million. The medical device company said in regulatory filings that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued an initial finding in its reexamination of a Bard patent for a "Prosthetic vascular graft," known as the '135 patent.

Abiomed Initiates Trial of Right-Side Heart Pump

April 1, 2013 2:38 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Abiomed said the 1st patient to receive its right-side heart pump, the Impella RP, as part of a clinical trial aimed at U.S. approval was implanted with the device in Philadelphia. The Danvers, Mass.-based medical device company said the patient was implanted with the Impella RP after implantation with another type of heart pump called a left ventricular assist device.

Welch Allyn EcoCuffTM Helps Hospitals Control Cross-Contamination, Costs and Environmental Impact

April 1, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 1, 2013--Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that specializes in helping clinicians improve patient outcomes, today announced the launch of its new FlexiPort ® EcoCuff TM single-patient-use blood pressure cuff.

New Automated BP Monitor for Stress Tests from SunTech Medical

April 1, 2013 8:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MORRISVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 1, 2013--SunTech Medical has updated its line of automated blood pressure monitoring with the Tango® M2 cardiac stress BP monitor. The new product provides accurate BP measurements during exercise and cardiac stress testing where noise and motion often make...

Portable Heart Pump Gives Yarmouth Teen Time

March 30, 2013 12:30 am | by CYNTHIA MCCORMICK - Cape Cod Times - Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirteen-year-old Kyah DeSimone wanted to make cheerleading practice and good grades, not medical history. But after a frightening brush with heart failure, the eighth-grader became the first patient at Boston Children's Hospital to be implanted with a heart pump small and portable enough to restore her to normal life while she waits for a transplant.

BDC Laboratories Announces VDT-3600i Heart Valve Accelerated Wear Test System

March 28, 2013 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2013--Positive clinical outcomes continue to be reported by researchers worldwide with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Moreover, new technologies are in development and will, in the future, offer additional minimally invasive treatment...

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