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Accelerated Heart Valve Durability Testing

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Bose Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Bose Corporation has introduced DuraPulse, a new instrument for accelerated durability testing of heart valve replacement devices. Featuring proprietary Bose controls and linear motor technology, the DuraPulse system enables research and development engineers to run tests at high frequencies...

Stony Brook Researchers Develop New Method to Measure Cerebral Blood Flow

September 16, 2014 11:49 am | by Stony Brook University | News | Comments

One thing leads to another, especially in research. When Stony Brook University School of...

Medtronic Drug-Coated Balloon for Improved Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease

September 16, 2014 9:55 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Presented for the first time at the 2014 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT)...

Polymer Tubing: The Hidden Hero Behind Innovative Neurovascular Procedures

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily Barnes, Market Specialist, Zeus, Inc. | Articles | Comments

For nearly 50 years, Zeus polymer technology has been a precursor and enabler for the...

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Blood-Cleansing Biospleen Device Developed for Sepsis Therapy

September 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

Things can go downhill fast when a patient has sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which bacteria or fungi multiply in a patient's blood – often too fast for antibiotics to help. A new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by...

Study Shows Abbott's Dissolving Heart Device Comparable to the World's Leading Heart Stent

September 15, 2014 10:49 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Abbott announced today positive one-year clinical results from ABSORB II, the world's first prospective, randomized, controlled trial comparing the safety and effectiveness of the dissolving Absorb heart device to Abbott's market-leading metallic...

Medtronic Launches SEEQ Wearable Cardiac Monitoring System in United States

September 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the U.S. launch of the SEEQ Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) System, an external, wire-free, adhesive heart monitor that can be worn for up to 30 days to help detect and diagnose the cause of irregular heartbeats in...

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Medtronic’s CoreValve System Sustains Positive Outcomes Through Two Years in Extreme Risk Patients

September 15, 2014 10:14 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced new data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the CoreValve System continued to provide safe and effective treatment, while maintaining exceptional rates of survival out to two years for...

Significant Patient Benefits With Edwards Sapien Valve Demonstrated

September 15, 2014 9:47 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced the presentation of five-year clinical outcomes for inoperable patients treated in The PARTNER Trial, the world's...

12-Month Data from St. Jude's Renal Denervation System Show Continued Safety and Efficacy

September 15, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced 12-month outcome data from the EnligHTN III study, which demonstrated a continuation of safe, rapid and effective treatment with the next-generation EnligHTN Renal Denervation...

St. Jude Medical Announces Launch of OPTIS Integrated System

September 15, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the company has secured CE Mark and FDA clearance for the new OPTIS Integrated System. The system is a departure from traditional, mobile cart-based diagnostic tools...

Robotics in the Field of Cardiovascular Medicine

September 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Thomas Kron, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

Within the scope of modern medicine, highly complex medical technology has become inevitable, be it in the fields of intensive care, neurology or oncology. Cardiology and cardiac surgery are no exceptions. The spectrum of high-tech products...

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Symetis Receives CE Mark Approval for TAVI System

September 12, 2014 2:55 pm | by Symetis | News | Comments

Symetis SA, the leading European developer of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) systems, announced today the launch of ACURATE neo, its 15F compatible transfemoral TAVI system. Commercial implantations started early September after...

Ventricular Assist Devices Gaining Popularity, but Artificial Hearts Remain the Ideal

September 11, 2014 11:15 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Robert Littlefield, MSc, GlobalData's Senior Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “Since the first implantation of the Jarvik 7 in 1982, artificial heart devices have evolved significantly in size, design and power usage, but many problems...

Medtronic NC Euphora Coronary Balloon Receives FDA Clearance

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and launch of the NC Euphora Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter. The new device will be featured for the first time in the United States at the...

Research Exploring Collagen Growth that Could Help Build Better Bodies

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Research by a biomedical engineer at Texas A&M University is shedding light on how collagen grows at the molecular level and helps form a diverse set of structures in the body, ranging from bone, tendon, blood vessels, skin, heart and even...

New Evidence Points to Outcomes and Cost Benefits of Telemedicine in Managing Chronic Diseases

September 10, 2014 11:05 am | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers | News | Comments

Congestive heart failure, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are three of the leading causes of death in the U.S. The use of telemedicine to help manage chronic diseases such as these can yield clear benefits including...

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First U.S. Implants in Clinical Study of Medtronic’s Recapturable CoreValve Evolut R

September 10, 2014 9:39 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first U.S. implants in the CoreValve Evolut R Clinical Study, which will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the new Medtronic CoreValve Evolut R System. This novel investigational self-expanding valve...

New Methods Enhance the Quality of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

September 9, 2014 9:45 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

New methods that enhance the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her PhD study, Tuija Kangasmaa, Lic. Phil., invented a method which makes it possible to...

Canada Funds 22 Inventive Ideas for Better Health in Developing Nations

September 8, 2014 11:17 am | by Grand Challenges Canada | News | Comments

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, today announced $2.4 million in seed funds shared between 22 projects from Canada and nine developing nations, to pursue inventive new ideas for improving health in low-resource...

Spirometry Module Added to Connectivity-Ready Electrocardiograph Device

September 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, today announced the availability of an optional spirometry module for its Welch Allyn CP 150 Electrocardiograph (ECG). Now available...

Medtronic Announces CE Mark for Recapturable CoreValve Evolut R System

September 3, 2014 9:31 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE Mark for the 23 mm CoreValve Evolut R System for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The novel, self-expanding valve and 14FR equivalent delivery system offers new capabilities that  advance valve...

Wristwatch Inspires Batteryless Cardiac Pacemaker Design

September 2, 2014 2:20 pm | by ESC Press Office | News | Comments

A new batteryless cardiac pacemaker based on an automatic wristwatch and powered by heart motion was presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland. The prototype device does not require battery replacement. Mr Zurbuchen...

Pacemaker Monitor Teardown

September 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by David L. Jones, EEVblog | Videos | Comments

What's inside a dial-in pacemaker monitor system? That’s what this installment of EEVblog seeks to discover. David L. Jones is an electronics design engineer based in Sydney, Australia. He hosts the EEVblog, the world’s largest and most popular engineering...

Skin Cells Can Be Engineered Into Pulmonary Valves for Pediatric Patients

September 2, 2014 12:27 pm | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient’s skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve. A proof of concept study in the September...

First Human Implant of CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope

September 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc. | News | Comments

CorMatrix Cardiovascular announced today that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the CorMatrix CanGaroo ECM Envelope for use with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED’s) including pacemakers...

Boston Scientific Closes Acquisition of Interventional Business of Bayer AG

September 2, 2014 9:32 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation closed on its previously announced agreement to purchase the Interventional business of Bayer AG. The acquisition enhances the ability of Boston Scientific to offer physicians and healthcare systems a more complete...

Covidien Acquires Venous Disease Treatment Developer Sapheon

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien plc has announced that it has acquired Sapheon, Inc., a privately-held developer of venous disease treatments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Based in Morrisville, N.C., Sapheon develops and...

Do-It-Yourself Blood Pressure Care Can Beat MDs

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

"Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found. Those who did their own readings at home and adjusted their medicine as...

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