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Next-Generation Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements Will Drive Rapid Market Growth

March 28, 2015 10:00 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The global market value for transcatheter heart valves will expand at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 19.7%, from almost $881 million in 2013 to around $3.02 billion by 2020, according to research and consulting firm...

FDA Approves Blood Pump System for High-Risk Cardiac Procedures

March 28, 2015 8:30 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Impella 2.5 System, a miniature blood...

First Fully-Implantable Micropacemaker Designed for Fetal Use

March 27, 2015 10:15 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute | News | Comments

A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern...

Complex Life-Support System Takes Over for Heart and Lungs

March 26, 2015 3:41 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

An advanced form of life support that takes over for the failing hearts and lungs of critically...

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Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

How Can the Maker Movement Drive Medical Innovation?

March 26, 2015 3:08 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

The Maker Movement has been defined as one driven by inventors, designers and tinkerers. It is fueled by a convergence of hackers and artisans who leverage open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology to solve...

New Stent Devices Fight Strokes

March 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

Elizabeth Celli was experiencing a moderate-to-severe stroke when she arrived at Loyola University Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Mrs. Celli was weak on her left side, had difficulty speaking and was unable to walk. But after being...

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Increasing Device Connectivity Improves Value for Everyone

March 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Joel Rydbeck, Healthcare Strategy Director, Infor | Blogs | Comments

Robert Metcalf is recognized as the father of ethernet, the technology that enables your computer to talk with mine and everyone else’s. Less well known is his postulate, known as Metcalf’s Law. It states that the value of a telecommunications...

Infographic: How Technology Is Saving Lives: The Healthcare Revolution

March 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Devin Jollimore, Training Coordinator, Mission Safety Services | News | Comments

Technology has many uses. The use of technology is increasing and with it so is the ability to use it to improve our quality of life. The medical and healthcare sectors have experienced rapid change and the positive impact this is having...

Imaging Tests Detect Coronary Artery Disease Long Before It Strikes

March 25, 2015 9:27 am | by Mount Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Adding two non-invasive imaging tests to traditional cardiovascular disease risk factor assessment more precisely predicts a healthy patient’s future risk of heart attack, stroke, or premature death, according to a study led by Icahn School...

Husband and Wife Receive First Stroke-Preventing Implant...A Decade Apart

March 24, 2015 9:57 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

It’s been nearly a decade since Gheorghe Sandru received the heart implant that changed his life. Sandru, 85, was the first patient enrolled in a Cedars-Sinai clinical trial for a tiny implant known as the WATCHMAN Device. It reduces the risk...

Blood Test Identifies Post-Heart Surgery Stroke Risk

March 24, 2015 9:42 am | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

The results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery can be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk, a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found. An acutely elevated level of blood urea nitrogen...

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Shining a New Light on Erectile Dysfunction

March 23, 2015 3:52 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Erectile dysfunction is a taboo subject among men. No one likes to talk about it. But the fact is that as men age, an increasing number will suffer from erectile dysfunction. From the age of 30, the number of men who have unsatisfactory erections...

FDA Approves MRI-Safe Pacemaker

March 23, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its ProMRI Eluna pacemaker system. BIOTRONIK ProMRI technology allows patients to undergo full-body magnetic...

Choosing IV Devices Carefully

March 23, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

Every day, patients around the country get IV devices placed in their arms, to make it easier to receive medicines or have blood drawn over the course of days or weeks. But these PICC lines, as they're called, also raise the risk of potentially...

The Future of Cardiology Is in Personalized Parts

March 23, 2015 9:20 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Experts in advanced cardiology believe custom-fitting patients with personalized heart valves is a few short years away. Henry Ford Hospital cardiologist Dee Dee Wang, M.D.; mentor and renowned cardiologist William O’Neill, M.D., and experts...

CT Scans Appear to Dramatically Improve Diagnosis of Heart Disease

March 22, 2015 10:20 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

Use of computed tomography coronary angiography, which provides 3-D images of the heart, coupled with standard care allows doctors to more accurately diagnose coronary artery disease in patients presenting with chest pain, therefore, leading...

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Self-Expanding TAVR Widens Advantage over Surgery at Two Years

March 22, 2015 8:27 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

Two-year data show a continued survival advantage for self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) over standard surgery in high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, according to research presented at the American College of...

SAPIEN 3 Improves 30-Day Outcomes for Major Endpoints

March 21, 2015 10:23 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

The SAPIEN 3 heart valve demonstrated lower death, stroke and paravalvular leak rates than earlier generation devices in patients at high risk for surgery and showed encouraging results in intermediate-risk patients, according to research presented...

Benefits Seen for First-in-Field Brain Shield Used with TAVR

March 21, 2015 9:11 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

An investigational device that deflects debris away from the brain during transcatheter aortic valve replacement seems to improve in-hospital safety outcomes and cognitive scores at discharge, according to preliminary findings from a small...

Mobile App Speeds Treatment for Heart Attack Patients

March 18, 2015 10:35 am | by MedStar Washington Hospital Center | News | Comments

A new study has found that a mobile app conceived at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is allowing heart attack patients to be treated more quickly – some an average of 30 percent faster -- reducing...

Powering Wearable Health Devices

March 18, 2015 8:42 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

Our competitors are hard at work in element14’s Sudden Impact design challenge - creating wearable health solutions for athletes, coaches and trainers to use on the field in real time. As we move toward the May 8 deadline to submit the final...

6 Ways Electrical Engineers Have Changed the Face of Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:48 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One of the most prominent industries to benefit from the aid of electric engineering is the field of medicine. With more intelligent innovations regularly being made, doctors and medical professionals are able to work with stronger and more...

Photos of the Day: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:35 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineers are professionals dedicated to developing electrical solutions and equipment. They are responsible for providing a variety of industries with powerful, long-term solutions, designed to help solve many types of problems...

FDA Approves Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

March 17, 2015 9:04 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device. The WATCHMAN Device offers a new stroke risk reduction option for high-risk patients with...

Safer, More Accurate Imaging Tool to Diagnose Heart Conditions

March 16, 2015 3:36 pm | by Intermountain Medical Center | News | Comments

New heart imaging technology to diagnose coronary heart disease and other heart disorders is significantly more accurate, less expensive and safer than traditional methods, according to a new study by researchers from the Intermountain Medical...

New Device Protects Brain During Heart-Valve Procedure

March 16, 2015 9:46 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

In the first multicenter trial of its kind, Yale researchers tested a new device that lowers the risk of stroke and cognitive decline in patients undergoing heart-valve replacement. The preliminary findings of the DEFLECT III trial were...

One-Year Data for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedure

March 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

Study results of one-year data for more than 12,000 patients who had transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the United States show an overall one-year death rate of 23.7 percent and a stroke rate of 4.1 percent, according to a study...

Stents Market to Reach More Than $10.6 Billion in 2019

March 14, 2015 8:30 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on stents, there has recently been several innovations and developments expected to influence the market, particularly with bioabsorbable stents. The stents market is predicted to grow by a compound annual...

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