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Are All Defibrillators Created Equal?

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by Valley Health System | News | Comments

The Valley Hospital has been selected as the United States Coordinating Center for the PRAETORIAN trial, an international trial designed to compare for the first time the traditional implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) with a newer...

SFU Lab Creates Potentially Life Saving Heart Cells

February 11, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Fraser University | News | Comments

A group of Simon Fraser University researchers’ cultivation of dozens of beating heart cells in Petrie dishes could one day save or improve the lives of patients with inherited heart arrhythmias. They are genetic mutations that...

Miniaturized Cardiac Monitors Detect Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke Patients

February 11, 2015 11:01 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc today announced the results of a new “real-world” study of patients who have had a cryptogenic stroke (stroke of unknown cause), in which the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) detected atrial...

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Country’s Smallest Pediatric Mechanical Heart Valve

February 11, 2015 10:46 am | by St. Jude Medical | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc.,  a global medical device company, today announced the launch of the HALO U.S. IDE Trial. The trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the St. Jude Medical Masters HPTM Series 15mm heart...

First Person in US Receives Evaheart Left Ventricular Assist Device

February 10, 2015 3:06 pm | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

George “Mac” McAllister had already endured two heart attacks, quadruple-bypass surgery, myopathy, ischemia of the heart and a congestive heart failure diagnosis by the time he arrived at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heart...

Analyzing Cures Before They Reach Veterans

February 10, 2015 2:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A new testing center for medical products used to help veterans has been opened at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Pittsburgh, the VA announced on Jan. 30. The Center for Medical Product End-user Testing is responsible for evaluating...

Injectable Nanoparticles Can Restore Normal Oxygen Levels

February 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine...

Robotic Sock Promotes Blood Circulation and Prevents Clots

February 10, 2015 9:33 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Patients who are bedridden or unable to move their legs are often at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition caused by blood clots forming along the lower extremity veins of the legs. A team of...

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Fixing Broken Hearts through Engineering

February 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

This year, more than half a million Americans will be diagnosed with advanced heart failure, and of those, less than 4,000—roughly seven out of every 1,000—will receive a transplant. The incredibly limited availability of hearts leaves thousands...

First Bioresorbable and X-Ray Visible Cardiovascular Stent

February 9, 2015 10:27 am | by Rutgers' Office of Research and Economic Development | News | Comments

A new stent for treating cardiovascular disease that incorporates a polymer invented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been implanted in patients for the first time. The device, called Fantom, is a drug-eluting scaffold being...

7 Lifesaving Facts About Artificial Hearts

February 7, 2015 8:30 am | by SynCardia Systems, Inc. | News | Comments

For patients suffering from end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart failure, a donor heart transplant is the standard of care. However, not all patients waiting for a donor heart will have one available to them when they need it to save their...

New Generation MRI Compatible Pacing System

February 6, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sorin Group, a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announced today that it has received approval from Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) for its new KORA...

Hospital Equipment ‘Talks’ Among Itself at Connectathon

February 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Medical device companies are teaming up to provide hospital equipment that lets doctors know when devices are alarmed, or where to find them if they’re lost. One of those companies is EQ2 LLC, creator of a computerized workflow system that...

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Mobile Medical Apps: Recreational or Medical Devices?

February 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Seppo Vahasalo, Product Line Manager of Medical Devices, SGS Fimko Ltd, Finland | Articles | Comments

Today the trend in healthcare is ‘patient centric care model’. This is an addition to the previous five ‘P’s of modern healthcare: Prevention, Prediction, Personalization, Preemption and Personal Responsibility. The rise of smartphones as a...

Bioengineered Microstructures Could Prevent Heart Failure

February 5, 2015 9:16 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin | News | Comments

The delivery of tiny biodegradable microstructures to heart tissue damaged by heart attack may help repair the tissue and prevent future heart failure. A team led by cardiovascular researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) bioengineered...

Heart Simulation to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Levine, Chief Strategy Officer, Dassault Systèmes | Articles | Comments

Simulation is something with which many people are familiar, whether from video games, occupational training, or movies. However, it’s not often thought of as being involved with the development of medical device technology. A collaborative...

Improving Blood Volume Measurements In Critical Care

February 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

FAST BioMedical Inc. announces the conclusion of a Phase II clinical trial for a technology designed to provide timely, precise and convenient plasma volume and kidney function measurements. This is especially useful for patients undergoing...

First Tri-Layered Artificial Blood Vessels Created for Vascular Grafts

February 3, 2015 2:06 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

By combining micro-imprinting and electro-spinning techniques, researchers at Shanghai University’s Rapid Manufacturing Engineering Center have developed a vascular graft composed of three layers for the first time. This tri-layered composite...

Lab Rats? No, Lab Chips

February 3, 2015 12:27 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

One small chip may put an end to animal testing by letting researchers gain realistic test results from a fusion of microcircuits and cell samples. The “mini-organism” housed inside a chip was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material...

January/February 2015 Digital Edition

February 3, 2015 12:21 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

Boston Scientific Launches World's Longest Lasting ICD

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation announces the launch and first U.S. implant of its line of Extended Longevity (EL) implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), including DYNAGEN EL and INOGEN EL device models. The first EL ICD was implanted at...

3D Bioprinting Cardiac Tissue and Improving Transplanted Stem Cells

February 3, 2015 10:31 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded two University of California, San Diego researchers almost $3 million in combined funding to pursue new technologies intended to accelerate advances...

The CARDIS Project: Detecting Early-Stage Cardiovascular Disease

February 2, 2015 3:55 pm | by Imec | News | Comments

Imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and their project partners today announced the launch of the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardio vascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics...

CoreValve System Benefits Patients with Prior Coronary Bypass Surgery

February 1, 2015 10:00 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc revealed new one-year clinical data showing that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the self-expanding CoreValve System offers advantages in survival and safety compared to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR)...

2015 Will Produce Innovative, Cost Effective Cardiovascular Technology

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Dr. Mark Carlson, Chief Medical Officer, St. Jude Medical | Blogs | Comments

This year has been a dynamic year as the medical device sector continues to adapt to the changing healthcare environment. As an industry, we are called to develop innovative solutions that address prevalent, devastating, and costly conditions...

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