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Vasomedical, Inc. to Present Live Webcast at RetailInvestorConferences.com on February 7th

February 6, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vasomedical, Inc. ("Vasomedical") (OTC BB: VASO), a diversified medical technology company specializing in the design, manufacture and sale of medical devices for noninvasive cardiology including EECP® systems, the gold standard of ECP...

Abiomed Announces Revenue of $38.3 Million, Up 19% and Record Impella Patient Usage, Up 26%

February 6, 2013 3:44 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Abiomed, Inc. (Nasdaq:ABMD), a leading provider of breakthrough heart support technologies, today reported third quarter fiscal 2013 revenue of $38.3 million, up 19% compared to revenue of $32.2 million in the same period of fiscal 2012, on record quarterly patient usage, up 26% compared to the same period of fiscal 2012.

ZOLL Receives Shonin Approval from Japan to Market Intravascular Temperature Management Technology

February 6, 2013 12:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHELMSFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 6, 2013--ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, has received Shonin approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to enter the Japanese market with its Intravascular Temperature...

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Thoratec Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

February 5, 2013 4:02 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thoratec Corporation (NASDAQ: THOR), a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012. "Thoratec...

Cook Medical Study of Tibiopedal Access for Crossing of Infrainguinal Artery Occlusions Exceeds 50% Enrollment

February 5, 2013 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 5, 2013--With more than 100 patients enrolled, Cook Medical has exceeded 50 percent enrollment in the Tibiopedal Access for Crossing of Infrainguinal Artery Occlusions trial. The first-of-its-kind, prospective, multicenter study is evaluating the retrograde...

MGC Diagnostics Corporation Announces National Jewish Health Selects the Company as Preferred Provider for Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Instrumentation

February 5, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MGC Diagnostics Corporation (NASDAQ: MGCD) (formerly Angeion Corporation), a global medical technology company, today announced that National Jewish Health has selected MGC Diagnostics as its preferred provider of cardiopulmonary...

Pacemaker Payment Plans, Courtesy of Medtronic

February 5, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic offers patients in India the option to pay off a pricey cardiac implants in installments. Medtronic's (NYSE:MDT) India division is offering patients an "easy monthly installment" plan to help families cope with the high cost of cardiac implants. The EMI program is available in 60 hospitals in 18 cities and applies to a handful of medical devices...

Edwards Lifesciences Reports Strong Fourth Quarter Results

February 4, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, of $91.1 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to net income of $63.1 million, or $0.53 per...

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Medtronic Announces CE Mark of Evera® Portfolio of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators

February 4, 2013 8:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medtronic today announced CE Mark of the Evera portfolio of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. With increased longevity and the most advanced shock reduction technology available, the new family of ICDs is the first to feature the PhysioCurve design, a contoured shape with thin, smooth edges that better fits inside the body, increasing patient comfort by reducing skin pressure by 30%.

St. Jude Announces First Implant Evaluating New Size of Portico Heart Valve in European Trial

February 4, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc. announced the first patient implant of its 25 mm Portico Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve using the Transfemoral Delivery System in its ongoing European trial. The Portico valve system offers a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis – a narrowing of the aortic valve that obstructs blood flow from the heart.

Nanomaterials Key to Developing Stronger Artificial Hearts

February 1, 2013 2:30 pm | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

On January 30, 2013 ACS Nano published a study by Ali Khademhosseini, PhD, MASc, a researcher in the division of biomedical engineering at Brigham and Women's Hospital, detailing the creation of innovative cardiac patches that utilize nanotechnology to enhance the conductivity of materials to induce cardiac tissue formation. Creation of these ultra-thin cardiac patches put medicine a step closer to durable, high-functioning artificial tissues that could be used to repair damaged hearts and other organs.

Novel Absorbable Scaffold for Breakthrough Surgical Applications

January 31, 2013 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Biomedical Structures, LLC (BMS), a designer, developer and manufacturer of biomedical textiles for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, announced its BIOFELT® absorbable scaffold for implant devices...

Liquid Media-Compatible Pressure Sensors Improve Design, Cut Costs

January 3, 2013 5:04 pm | by AJ Smith | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

With the wide range of sensors on the market, selecting the best pressure measurement device for medical equipment in applications that require liquid sensing or condensing humidity can be a big challenge for medical OEMs. Designers need to choose sensors that offer the right balance of technical features, reliability, and cost for their specific applications.

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Emerging Biologics: Breaking Down Barriers with Device Companies and the FDA

January 3, 2013 3:29 pm | by Christopher Velis | Articles | Comments

Medical devices and man-made materials have achieved major advances over recent decades. However, a new drumbeat is sounding in healthcare, as the steady growth in the use of biologics in medical procedures is gaining traction. Man-made materials will always have a place in the case of acute trauma, but biologics have the potential to take over as the most effective solution for degenerative conditions.

Biocompatibility and Performance of Medical Devices

January 2, 2013 2:19 pm | Events

Join us for a rare gathering of international thought leaders sharing insights on crucial topics affecting our industries today. This comprehensive symposium is based on the definitive new publication “Biocompatibility and Performance of Medical Devices” assembled by ANSM expert Dr. Jean-Pierre Boutrand.

Singapore Pumps Innovation into the Heart of Asia’s Growing Cardio Device Industry

December 19, 2012 4:57 pm | by Kevin Lai | Blogs | Comments

In the time it takes to read this piece, 30 Chinese men and women will die from heart disease. This staggering statistic means that as Asia continues to witness astonishing growth and development, Asians will increasingly wrestle with the disease. Heart disease is already the number one killer in China and India, and is fast on the rise throughout Southeast Asia, where the World Health Organization reports that cardiovascular diseases accounts for 27% of all deaths.

Connected Medical Devices—An Expanding Threat Landscape

December 19, 2012 4:23 pm | by Nate Kube | Articles | Comments

In 2008, a team of academic researchers shook up the connected medical device community by presenting a paper at an IEEE Symposium, which outlined a potential attack on implanted cardiac devices through the wireless interface. While this initially raised some concern, it was not until Jay Radcliffe demonstrated a potential attack through the wireless interface of a patient-worn insulin pump that awareness of medical device security issues “exploded,” prompting a U.S. Government Accountability Office inquiry into medical device security issues, and a media blitz that continues to this day.

State-of-the-Art Virtual Reality System Is Key to Medical Discovery

December 12, 2012 4:20 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

What happens when a team of neurosurgeons, university professors, architects, students and engineers stands in front of an 8-foot-high theater screen with a 320-degree, immersive, 3-D view of their data? Cutting-edge science happens, and some are astonished by what is revealed.

Rice, Texas Children's team creates biocompatible patch to heal infants with birth defects

December 12, 2012 2:14 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

A painstaking effort to create a biocompatible patch to heal infant hearts is paying off at Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital. The proof is in a petri dish in Jeffrey Jacot's lab, where a small slab of gelatinous material beats with the rhythm of a living heart.

Targeted Micro-Bubbles Detect Artery Inflammation, MU Study Finds

December 12, 2012 2:06 pm | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

Heart disease is a leading cause of death throughout the world. Doctors say that it is important to detect heart disease early before it becomes too serious. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found a way that they believe could help detect heart disease before it progresses too far as well as identify patients who are at risk for strokes.

Merit Medical Announces 510(k) Clearance for the ONE Snare System

December 10, 2012 11:43 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used primarily in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the ONE Snare(TM) Endovascular Snare System.

Rejected hearts now viable for transplantation after stress echo

December 5, 2012 9:00 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Hearts previously rejected due to donors’ age or other risk factors can now be declared viable for transplantation using pharmacological stress echo, according to research presented at EUROECHO and other Imaging Modalities 2012. The study1 was presented by Dr Tonino Bombardini from Pisa, Italy.

Stents Market Tops $5 Billion, Led By Drug-Eluting Devices

November 30, 2012 3:20 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

A growing acceptance of drug-eluting stents as a more effective treatment for coronary heart disease, along with increasing awareness about coronary stents among patients, is expected to boost procedural volumes. As a result of these factors, the global market for coronary stents is estimated at over $5 billion...

Merit Medical Acquires Assets of Medigroup

November 30, 2012 9:08 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Medigroup, Inc., a manufacturer of peritoneal dialysis catheters based in Illinois.

Merit Medical Signs Agreement to Acquire Thomas Medical Products, a Unit of GE Healthcare

November 27, 2012 9:55 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Merit Medical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used primarily in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced that it has entered into a stock purchase agreement to acquire Thomas Medical Products, Inc. ("Thomas Medical") from GE Healthcare in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $167 million...

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