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CE Mark for Medtronic’s MRI-Safe ICD

April 9, 2014 12:32 pm | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic today announced CE (Conformité Européenne) Mark and European launch of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) System, the first and only ICD system approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans...

Florida Lawmakers Look To Expand, Regulate Telehealth

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The calls may come in the middle of the night and from hospitals more than an hour away. Someone is having a stroke and is en route an emergency room in the Florida Keys, but there aren't any neurologists on call. Within 15 minutes, a...  

Toward a Faster, More Accurate Way to Diagnose Stroke

April 9, 2014 11:45 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

When someone suffers from a stroke, a silent countdown begins. A fast diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death. So scientists are working on a new blood test that one day could rapidly confirm whether someone...

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Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a...

Cardiac Device Keeps Heart Going

April 8, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jennifer R. Lloyd, San Antonio Express-News | News | Comments

With a weak heart muscle and heart valve problems, Ruben Rivera said he was apprehensive about having a new type of battery-powered defibrillator implanted under his skin that could shock his heart if it sensed an irregular rhythm. But the...

Corindus Vascular Robotics to Present at Design of Medical Device Conference

April 8, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Corindus Vascular Robotics, a leading developer of precision vascular robotics, today announced that Tal Wenderow, Co-founder and EVP of Product & Business Development of Corindus, will present at the upcoming Design of Medical Device...

CardiacAssist Receives Health Canada Approval for Its TandemHeart Circulatory Support Platform

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CardiacAssist, Inc., a privately-held medical device company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today announced that it has received a Class 4 medical device license for its TandemHeart System from Health Canada. The TandemHeart...

Mitralign Completes Enrollment in EU Study for its Novel Catheter-based Valve Repair Device

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitralign Inc., a cardiac device company, announced today it has completed enrollment in a study in Europe investigating its lead device, the Mitralign System, in patients with functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). Pending successful outcomes...

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'IN.PACT Admiral' Drug-Coated Balloon from Medtronic Outperforms Standard Angioplasty

April 7, 2014 10:34 am | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Patients with peripheral artery disease in the upper leg experienced significantly better outcomes at 12 months after treatment with the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon from Medtronic, Inc. than with standard balloon angioplasty, according to a landmark...

5 Takeaways from Conversations with Leading Providers at HIMSS

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lindsay Sanchez, Citrix | Blogs | Comments

The HIMSS conference attracted 38,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors this year; an indication of the role HIT is predicted to play in healthcare transformation. However, the breadth of technologies displayed made you wonder how providers...

New Study Casts Doubt on Heart Regeneration in Mammals

April 4, 2014 11:43 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

The mammalian heart has generally been considered to lack the ability to repair itself after injury, but a 2011 study in newborn mice challenged this view, providing evidence for complete regeneration after resection of 10% of the apex, the...

Photos of the Day: Stretchable, Stick-On Patient Monitoring Patch

April 4, 2014 11:00 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. The new device was developed by John A. Rogers of Illinois and Yonggang...

Stick-On Electronic Patches for Health Monitoring

April 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for...

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Edwards Intuity Elite Valve System Receives CE Mark

April 4, 2014 3:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced it has received CE Mark for the advanced Edwards Intuity Elite valve system. This next-generation, rapid deployment...

First Patients Implanted with ICDs in BIOTRONIK ProMRI Study

April 3, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced today that the first patients across the United States have received implants of the new Iforia implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). Implants occurred...

The Pulse: Replacing a Skull with a 3D Printed Version

April 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we’re 3D printing a human skull for implantation, checking blood pressure with a patch, helping disabled children learn to walk, and monitoring pressure sores. This episode features:       

The Internet of Things and Medical Device Product Development: Practical Strategy Suggestions

March 31, 2014 2:21 pm | by Joe Kreidler, Director of Electrical and Software Engineering, and Joe Wascow, Principal and CMO, Optimal Design | Articles | Comments

With an astonishing 25 billion devices predicted to be connected to the Internet by 2015, the Internet of Things (IoT) stands to become a multi-trillion dollar market by the end of the decade. Wireless sensors are being used on everything...

Drug-Eluting Stents Demonstrate Better Outcomes After One Year than Bare Metal Stents in At-Risk Patients

March 31, 2014 2:12 pm | by The American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

Use of drug-eluting stents is associated with a lower risk of major cardiovascular events at one year compared to bare metal stents when followed by an individualized course of blood-thinning medication among patients previouly thought...

Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

March 31, 2014 12:32 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments...

New Long-term Data Demonstrate Patients with Mild Heart Failure Sustained Lower Mortality Rates after Receiving Boston Scientific CRT Defibrillators

March 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

In the longest follow-up to date of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for mild heart failure patients, Boston Scientific Corporation's (NYSE: BSX) exclusively sponsored and landmark Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial...

Genetic Markers May Predict When People with Heart Disease Are Likely to Have a Heart Attack

March 31, 2014 12:25 pm | by Intermountain Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City have identified a biological process that may help physicians predict when someone with heart disease is likely to have a heart attack in the near future. A new...

GE Healthcare Debuts Connected Cardiovascular Care at ACC 2014

March 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today showcased a suite of connected cardiovascular innovations – including several new and advanced imaging technologies and software capabilities – at the 63rd annual American College...

Test Accurately Rules Out Heart Attacks in the ER

March 31, 2014 11:56 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual... 

Study Backs Nonsurgical Way to Fix Heart Valves

March 31, 2014 11:52 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results...

Photos of the Day: Repairing the Heart Without Surgery

March 31, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study gives a big boost to fixing a bad aortic valve, the heart's main gate, without open-heart surgery. Survival rates were better one year later for people who had a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead...   

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