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CardioKinetix Announces First Heart Failure Patients Treated in Asia with Minimally Invasive Structural Heart Device

August 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart failure, today announced a new first with four patients successfully treated this week with the novel catheter-based Parachute ® Ventricular Partitioning Device in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Exciting Future of Advanced Cardiovascular Devices

August 28, 2013 2:51 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

Within the medical device technology industry, the cardiovascular sector is one of the largest and most stable, due to immediate demand and necessity. As with all areas in the field, engineers continuously strive to design more minimally invasive devices, but with cardiovascular diseases at the top of the list in a growing elderly population, there is an urgent need for continuous advancement.

Medinol goes after J&J's Cordis in stent patent war

August 28, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Cordis Corp., the stent-making arm of Johnson & Johnson, got out of the coronary stent game 2 years go, but that's not stopping Israeli medical device company Medinol from suing Cordis for patent infringement with the Cypher and Cypher Select stents it no longer makes.

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Medtronic hands Pioneer Plus catheters to Volcano in closed-doors deal

August 27, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device giant Medtronic is handing its Pioneer Plus re-entry catheter product line over to Volcano for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced this week. The deal, which Volcano hopes will help it expand its reach in peripheral indications, is expected to close this month and is structured as an "asset purchase."

First U.S. Patients Treated with Aorfix Flexible Aortic Stent Graft

August 27, 2013 11:07 am | by Lombard Medical Technologies | News | Comments

Lombard Medical Technologies PLC, the specialist medical technology company focused on innovative vascular products, today announces that the first U.S. patients have been successfully treated with Aorfix, the Group’s flexible stent graft for the endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Robot-assisted surgery: Hansen re-designs Artisan heart surgery study

August 27, 2013 10:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Hansen Medical enrolled the 1st 5 patients in a re-designed study to evaluate its robot-assisted atrial fibrillation treatment. The revised study design, which won conditional FDA approval in May, will eventually enroll 125 patients at 14 medical centers to test Hansen's Sensei X robotic catheter system with the company's Artisan control catheters.

HeartWare Receives FDA Approval To Enroll Supplemental Patient Cohort In Destination Therapy Trial

August 27, 2013 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HeartWare International, Inc., a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an IDE Supplement that allows HeartWare to commence enrollment in an additional patient cohort for ENDURANCE...

Abiomed jumps on massive VA order for Impella pumps

August 26, 2013 5:46 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Massachusetts-based Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) won a lucrative 5-year contract to provide its flagship Impella heart pumps to the Veterans Administration, a deal that could boost the medical device maker's revenue by 20%. Abiomed can provide Impella to about 170 VA medical facilities, more than 40 Defense Dept. hospitals and other federal agencies via an automated online system, according to a company statement.

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Volcano Corporation Announces Execution Of Agreement To Purchase Pioneer PlusT Re-Entry Catheter Product Line From Medtronic

August 26, 2013 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volcano Corporation (Nasdaq: VOLC), a leading developer and manufacturer of precision guided therapy tools designed to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, said today it has signed an agreement to acquire the Pioneer PlusT diagnostic ultrasound ...

German ban on Medtronic TAVI begins today, Edwards makes room for 'compassionate cases'

August 26, 2013 3:50 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Starting today, medical device giant Medtronic is banned from selling its CoreValve and CoreValve Evolut transcatheter aortic valve implantation systems in Germany, thanks to a court ruling in favor of rival device maker Edwards Lifesciences.  

Reverse Medical lands FDA OK for micro vascular plug

August 23, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Irvine, Calif. medical device maker Reverse Medical Corp. touted FDA clearance for its flagship product, the MVP micro vascular plug for peripheral artery embolization. The plug helps decrease blood flow in the peripheral vasculature and is "completely re-sheathable" for use in procedures where a patient needs only temporary blood flow reduction.

Harvard Stem Cell Researchers Create Cells that Line Blood Vessels

August 23, 2013 10:08 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

In a scientific first, Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists have successfully grown the cells that line the blood vessels—called vascular endothelial cells—from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), revealing new details about how these cells function.

Technique May Help Regenerate Heart Cells to Treat Heart Disease

August 22, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mary Beth O'Leary, Cell Press | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new technique that might one day be used to convert cells from heart disease patients into heart muscle cells that could act as a personalized treatment for their condition.        

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What Is Your Heart Attack Risk?

August 22, 2013 9:57 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Researchers in India have carried out a data mining exercise to determine which are the most important risk factors in increasing the chances of an individual suffering a heart attack. The use of computational data mining techniques that allow researchers to extract interesting and meaningful information from real-life clinical data could remove at least some aspect of the subjectivity of clinical prognosis.

Boston Scientific Receives FDA Approval For IntellaTip MiFi™ XP Ablation Catheter

August 22, 2013 9:51 am | by Boston Scientific Corporation | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation continues to expand its electrophysiology (EP) offerings with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its IntellaTip MiFi™ XP catheter and 510(k) clearance of its Zurpaz™ 8.5F steerable sheath.

The Japanese Market For Peripheral Vascular Devices Will Be Characterized By New Product Launches In Many Segments

August 22, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group, the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, efforts to streamline the regulatory approval process in Japan have resulted in the recent entry of numerous devices in the Japanese peripheral vascular (PV) device market, and more products, such as drug-coated balloons and infrapopliteal stents, are expected to enter in the next few years.

Boston Scientific Completes Enrollment In SuperNOVA Trial Evaluating Innova™ Self-Expanding Stent System

August 19, 2013 6:02 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has completed enrollment in the SuperNOVA trial – a global, single arm, prospective, multicenter trial evaluating the long-term (12 month) safety and effectiveness of the Innova™ Self-Expanding Stent System (Innova Stent System). 

AngioDynamics Applauds National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's (NICE) Updated Guidelines for Varicose Vein Treatment

August 19, 2013 4:45 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

AngioDynamics, a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, applauds the decision by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to issue updated guidance for the treatment of varicose veins.

First German Patient enrolled pushes ROX Medical Past Halfway Point in CONTROL-HTN trial

August 19, 2013 4:26 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ROX Medical has crossed the halfway point in the CONTROL-HTN international, multi centre, randomized controlled hypertension trial. The milestone was met with the enrollment of the first patient from Prof. Markus van der Giet and Prof. Walter Zidek of the Charite Hospital, Benjamin Franklin Campus, Berlin.

JenaValve Announces First Implantations Of Transapical TAVI System In Canada

August 19, 2013 12:56 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

JenaValve Technology, Inc., a privately-held, venture-backed developer, manufacturer and marketer of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) systems for the treatment of aortic valve disease, announced today that it has successfully completed the first two implantations of its second-generation transapical JenaValve TAVI system in Canada.

Home Sensors Enable Seniors to Live Independently

August 19, 2013 10:29 am | by Ann Kellan, Science Nation Producer | News | Comments

People are living longer and they desire to live as independently as possible in their senior years. But, independent lifestyles come with risks, so researchers are developing "smart home" technologies like these to enhance and monitor ... 

Concept Animation of Nanorobotic Atherosclerosis Plaque Removal

August 15, 2013 9:47 am | by Nanobotmodels | Videos | Comments

Atherosclerosis is a major cardiovascular disease involving accumulations of lipids, white blood cells, and other materials on the inside of artery walls. Since the calcification found in the advanced stage of atherosclerosis dramatically enhances the mechanical properties of the plaque, restoring the original lumen of the artery remains a challenge.

Monitor Your Heart Rhythm Whenever, Wherever

August 14, 2013 3:21 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SuperECG provides a 24-hour ECG examination for everyone. The HeartBug device is buttonless and the service functions completely online. The service has been developed by cardiologists and hardware and software designers. Now anyone can conduct a cardiac assessment that previously required a visit to a specialist.

Mouse Heart Beats Again with Human Cells

August 13, 2013 5:33 pm | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

A mouse heart was able to contract and beat again after its own cells were stripped and replaced with human heart precursor cells. The findings show the promise that regenerating a functional organ by placing human induced pluripotent stem cells in a three-dimensional scaffold could have for transplantation, drug testing models and understanding heart development.

Ambient Backscatter Eliminates Power Needs for Wireless Device Communication

August 13, 2013 5:18 pm | by University of Washington | Videos | Comments

University of Washington engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

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