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Medtronic CoreValve® System Demonstrates Long-Term Durability

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the final follow-up results from the CoreValve® CE Pivotal Study, which demonstrated excellent long-term durability at four years in patients with severe aortic stenosis who were treated with the self-expanding...

World's First Transcatheter Valve, Medtronic Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Shows Positive Clinical Outcomes in Real-World Study

March 30, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the one-year results of the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) U.S. Post-Approval Study, which found that real-world use of the Melody TPV was associated with high procedural success, excellent valve...

Medtronic CoreValve System Results Superior to Open-Heart Surgery at One Year in U.S. Pivotal Trial

March 29, 2014 8:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the CoreValve System showed results superior to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) at one year in the High Risk Study of its CoreValve U.S. Pivotal Trial, which evaluated patients with severe aortic...

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FDA Approval of Abbott’s Supera Stent for Peripheral Artery Disease

March 28, 2014 2:37 pm | by Abbott | News | Comments

Abbott today announced that its Supera Peripheral Stent System has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat people with blocked blood vessels in the upper leg caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD occurs...

Abbott Announces FDA Approval of Its Supera Stent to Treat People with Peripheral Artery Disease

March 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott has announced that its Supera Peripheral Stent System has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to treat people with blocked blood vessels in the upper leg caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD occurs when...

World's First Pacemaker Series with Event-Triggered IEGM Transmissions Gains CE Mark

March 28, 2014 10:40 am | by PresseBox | News | Comments

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical technology, announced CE approval for its new Eluna pacemaker series today. The new generation of pacemakers includes single and dual-chamber as well as cardiac resynchronization...

Anti-Clotting Agent Helps Reduce the Incidence and Impact of Stent Thrombosis

March 27, 2014 4:00 pm | by Judy Romero, Cardiovascular Research Foundation | News | Comments

A new angiographic analysis of the CHAMPION PHOENIX trial examined the incidence and impact of stent thrombosis (ST) in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). CHAMPION PHOENIX was a prospective, double-blind, active-controlled trial which ...

'Mini Heart' Helps Return Venous Blood

March 27, 2014 3:47 pm | by The George Washington University | News | Comments

George Washington University (GW) researcher Narine Sarvazyan, Ph.D., has invented a new organ to help return blood flow from veins lacking functional valves. A rhythmically contracting cuff made of ...        

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First Implant of Smaller Left Ventricular Assist Device a Success

March 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

“Today, we’re going to make history,” said 18-year-old Eric Ramos on the day UT Southwestern Medical Center doctors operated on his ailing heart. Eric, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is one of only three patients in the United States with the condition to receive ...

Artificial Hearts May Help Patients Survive Until Transplant

March 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Beth Casteel, American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart finds the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a heart transplant. Researchers studied 22 patients implanted with total artificial hearts at ...

Bringing Original Ideas to Life: The Development of the Credit Card Sized Battery

March 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

An object as being as small as a sugar cube is fairly easy to visualize. Similarly, if the reference was to a quarter or dime, the object’s dimensions are apparent. However, if the item described was compared to an 1ICP-063450-2 lithium-ion...

Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective in Early Testing

March 25, 2014 3:28 pm | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Although traditional pacemakers pose minimal risk, patients are ...

Can MedTech Keep Up with Consumers’ Great Expectations?

March 25, 2014 8:44 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Consumer medical technology is one of the broadest medical device sectors with the most opportunity. It holds the most demand and promise for newcomers and long-time players alike, but if medical device makers do not jump on this opportunity...

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Microfluidic Device Measures Drugs' Influence on Blood Clotting

March 24, 2014 11:59 am | by Brett Israel, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with ...    

Photos of the Day: Artificial Arteries Measure Drug Influence

March 24, 2014 11:52 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs. The study is the first to examine how aspirin and another heart attack prevention drug respond to ...

This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

The move towards mobile medicine is pretty incredible in a few different ways. For one, it offers an aging population — in the U.S. it’s the baby boomers — an option for treatment that doesn’t involve more doctor’s offices or hospitals than...

Suit Charges St. Jude Riata Heart Lead Is a Defective Device

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Fabrice N. Vincent and Wendy R. Fleishman of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, have announced that Robert Loiseau of Southampton, Pennsylvania, has filed a personal injury lawsuit against St. Jude...

Bedside Optical Monitoring Device Shows Promise for Individualized Care in Stroke Patients

March 21, 2014 9:42 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and...

Stent-Based Technologies Could Prove Viable Alternatives for Aneurysm and Stroke Treatment

March 21, 2014 9:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Among the various neurointerventional devices that have been developed for challenging indications, such as intracranial aneurysms and acute ischemic stroke (AIS), flow diverters and stent retrievers have shown particular promise as viable...

Northwestern's Senate Response Deadline Approaches Regarding Unauthorized Human Experimentation

March 21, 2014 8:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Allegations continue surrounding the testing of two annuloplasty rings, invented by the chief of cardiac surgery, Dr. Patrick McCarthy at Northwestern University, the Myxo Ring, and the IMR Ring (invented by McCarthy, and colleagues). Both...

MGC Diagnostics Announces Its Intent To Acquire Medisoft SA

March 20, 2014 5:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MGC Diagnostics Corp. a leading global medical technologies company, today announced it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Medisoft SA of Sorinnes, Belgium. Under the proposed agreement, MGC Diagnostics would acquire all the...

Scientists Create Stem Cells From a Drop of Blood

March 20, 2014 12:04 pm | by A*STAR | News | Comments

Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have developed a method to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) from a single drop of finger-pricked blood. The method also enables donors to collect...

Building Heart Tissue That Beats

March 20, 2014 9:18 am | by American Chemical Society (ACS) | News | Comments

When a heart gets damaged, such as during a major heart attack, there’s no easy fix. But scientists working on a way to repair the vital organ have now engineered tissue that closely mimics natural heart muscle that beats, not only in a lab...

Making Diagnostic Imaging Possible for Patients with Cardiac Implants

March 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is on the forefront of making diagnostic imaging possible for patients with cardiac implants. Electrophysiologist Eric D. Good, D.O., has implanted the state’s first patient with... 

Small Step Toward Growing Tissue in the Lab

March 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

University of Adelaide mathematicians have devised a method for identifying how cell clusters have formed by analyzing an image of the cluster. Published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, their mathematical modelling tool will be useful...

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