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Heart attack patients could be treated more quickly after Manchester research

July 25, 2014 10:47 am | by Manchester University | Product Releases | Comments

Clinical judgement, combined with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood test on arrival, is effective in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions for chest pain, a new study shows. The findings of a research group in Manchester, published in the Emergency Medicine Journal, could potentially make a huge difference to a large number of patients.

FDA Clearance of Spectranetics’ Peripheral Laser Atherectomy Devices for In-Stent Restenosis

July 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

The Spectranetics Corporation has announced receipt of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Novation CV Watch Shows Recent Technology Innovations Could Drive Cardiovascular Product Costs Up by as Much as 35 Percent

July 24, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To help health care organizations better understand trends in the cardiovascular market that...

Unbreak My Heart

July 23, 2014 11:44 am | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden report...

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'Heartless' Patient Discharged from Hospital

July 23, 2014 10:15 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A central New York recipient of a SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart implant is home, discharged from University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital with the Freedom® portable driver to wait for a matching donor heart. Fontana, a...

Edwards' CEO Invited To Address Congress On Opportunities To Revitalize Medical Device Innovation

July 23, 2014 9:57 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, announced that Edwards' Chairman and CEO Michael A. Mussallem today served as an expert panelist at the invitation of the United...

Occlutech Wins Invalidation of St Jude Patent

July 23, 2014 9:53 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Occlutech, a leading European developer of minimally invasive implants for therapy in structural heart disease, has announced that it has successfully obtained a ruling by the U.K. Patents Court in the High Court of Justice in London, that...

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Catheter Procedure for Deep Vein Thrombosis Therapies Presents More Bleeding Risks

July 22, 2014 10:44 am | by Temple University Health System | News | Comments

Patients who have a clot in their legs and are considering whether to be treated with traditional blood-thinning medication or undergo a minimally-invasive catheter-based clot removal procedure should feel comfortable that there is no difference...

Boston Scientific Launches POLARIS Imaging System

July 22, 2014 9:33 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has initiated full commercial launch of the new POLARIS Imaging System. This system will support the Boston Scientific family of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheters, including coronary, peripheral and intra...

Telemedicine Effective in Delivering International Cardiac Care

July 22, 2014 9:23 am | by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC | News | Comments

After studying more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America through telemedicine, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with Children’s...

New Discovery Opens the Door to Possible Cure for Heart Disease

July 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Send2Press Newswire | News | Comments

Larry Weisenthal, M.D., Ph.D., has announced new findings that unravel mysteries about the root cause of atherosclerosis - the narrowing of blood vessels that leads to heart attack and stroke. It is a big step toward developing drugs, possibly...

FDA Approval for Boston Scientific’s REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System

July 22, 2014 9:06 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received FDA approval for the REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System, the company's latest generation bare-metal stent for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). Bare-metal stents continue...

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CE Mark Approval and First Use of St. Jude's FlexAbility Ablation Catheter

July 22, 2014 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced CE Mark approval and first use of the FlexAbility Ablation Catheter, a novel ablation technology used by electrophysiologists for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias...

Medical Technology: Benefits Far Outweigh Costs

July 21, 2014 11:48 am | by Milken Institute | News | Comments

As America ages and sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets become more common, experts agree the nation is suffering a sharp rise in the prevalence of chronic disease. So as the 21st century unfolds, some in the healthcare industry argue...

Scientists Successfully Generate Human Platelets Using Next-Generation Bioreactor

July 21, 2014 10:45 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work is a major biomedical advancement that will help address blood...

New Technique Uses 'Simulated' Human Heart to Screen Drugs

July 21, 2014 10:42 am | by Coventry University | News | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials. The breakthrough is the work of Dr. Helen Maddock – an...

Welch Allyn Leads $7 Million Series B Investment Round in Cardiac Insight

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Cardiac Insight, a University of Washington spinoff biotech company that develops advanced body worn sensing and computing technologies for applications in cardiology, respiratory and other complex disease states, announced today that it has...

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Medical Center Cuts Average ER Wait Time by 92 Minutes Using Technology Suite

July 21, 2014 8:45 am | by Geneva Healthcare | News | Comments

The Geneva Healthcare Suite, an innovative technology platform for managing data from cardiac devices, has cut emergency room wait times by an average of 92 minutes at the UC San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, according to a recent study... 

Health Wearable Device Offers No-Skin-Contact ECG Technology

July 17, 2014 2:52 pm | by Lifetip | Videos | Comments

Attached to a shirt or bra, Lifetip monitors the user’s daily activities, certifying that everything is going well or providing a warning if not. The device, tracking and analyzing the user’s electrical heart activity (ECG), is able to promptly recognize...

Trying Gene Therapy to Create Biological Pacemaker

July 17, 2014 2:41 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. The study, published Wednesday, is...

Squid Skin Protein Could Improve Biomedical Technologies

July 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by University of California - Irvine | News | Comments

The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have discovered that reflectin, a protein...

FDA Approves Freedom Portable Driver for the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart

July 17, 2014 12:08 pm | by SynCardia | News | Comments

The Freedom portable driver received FDA approval on June 26, 2014 for use with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplantation in cardiac transplant candidates who are clinically stable. “With the FDA approval...

Clemson University Bioengineering Center Lands $11 Million for Tissue Research

July 17, 2014 10:32 am | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Clemson University has been awarded $11 million to expand a bioengineering center that helps mentor junior faculty members as they research how lab-grown tissue can treat some of the world’s most debilitating diseases, ranging from heart...

What 3D Printing Means for Healthcare

July 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Steve Erickson, Vice President, First American Plastic | Articles | Comments

Medical care might not be the most obvious place for 3D printing applications, but 3D-printed kidneys and 3D-printed prosthetic eyes say otherwise. 3D-printed plastics are being used for medical tools and devices, models for surgical training...

A Tool to Fix One of the Most Dangerous Moments in Surgery

July 15, 2014 1:47 pm | by TEDx | Videos | Comments

Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical...

World's First ProMRI Quadripolar CRT-D System Implanted to Treat Heart Failure

July 15, 2014 9:00 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced the first implantations worldwide of its new ICD and CRT-D series (implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators...

Boston Scientific Receives CE Mark for TAVI System

July 15, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes... 

Dual Contrast Agent to Light Up Arterial Health Risks

July 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke | News | Comments

Two degrees plus two scan energies and one heavy metal equals a new way to detect dangerous plaques in the coronary arteries. Potentially. Jeffrey Ashton, a biomedical engineering graduate student in Duke University’s  MD-PhD program, has...

Breakthrough MitraClip Procedure Repairs One Heart Structurally, Another Emotionally

July 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Mary York knew the walk from the living room to the bedroom should not have been difficult for her husband, Bill, despite his age, but the 83-year-old could not walk anywhere in his house without stopping to rest for minutes at a time. “He...

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