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EuroPCR 2014 Showcases Technological Advances in Complex Cardiovascular Interventions

May 22, 2014 2:07 pm | by European Society of Cardiology (ESC) | News | Comments

New technological advances, such as innovation in the field of cardiac pacing as seen in the area of leadless pacing, were discussed at a session jointly organized by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) and the European Association...

Desires Lie in More Minimally Invasive and Accommodating Medical Devices

May 21, 2014 4:27 pm | by Jinny Lee, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences | Blogs | Comments

What is remarkable about medical technology today – that wasn’t the case 10 or 15 years ago – is that we are performing surgical procedures with minimal incisions or with catheter-based approaches, which promise a number of potential benefits...

CoreValve System Demonstrates Positive Clinical Performance at Two Years in 'Real World' ADVANCE Study

May 21, 2014 2:19 pm | by Medtronic Inc. | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. today revealed new data showing that patients treated with the CoreValve System experienced positive clinical outcomes in the rigorous "real world" Medtronic CoreValve ADVANCE Study. Presented at EuroPCR 2014, the transcatheter...

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Strong Performance Data Reported for SYNERGY Stent System Trial

May 21, 2014 2:07 pm | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Boston Scientific Corporation reported positive three-year follow-up data for the EVOLVE clinical trial, comparing the safety and performance of the SYNERGY Everolimus-Eluting Bioabsorbable Polymer Platinum Chromium (PtCr) Coronary Stent...

Lotus Valve System Demonstrates Strong Performance and Safety Profile at Six Months

May 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

Further validating its advanced transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) technology, the Boston Scientific Corporation Lotus Valve System continued to demonstrate impressive performance at six months, according to new data presented...

World’s Smallest, Fastest Nanomotor for Drug Delivery

May 21, 2014 11:04 am | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature...

Students Win $75K for Bacteria-Killing Catheter

May 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, University of Utah | News | Comments

After hearing his aunt, a primary care nurse, tell stories of catheters causing clotting and infections, University of Utah bioengineering student Nate Rhodes decided to come up with a solution. Along with a few classmates, he developed a...

3D Printing a Healthcare Revolution

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is one of those truly disruptive technologies that comes along very rarely. It is remarkable how many different industry sectors it can touch and impact significantly. Healthcare is just one area where it is making a difference...

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PCR Innovation Day Promotes Interaction Between Stakeholders in Cardiovascular Innovation

May 20, 2014 11:41 am | by EuroPCR | News | Comments

The first PCR Innovation Day focused on facilitating a constructive interaction between the key stakeholders—physicians, inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, start-ups, MedTech incubators, regulatory organisations and larger companies —in...

Medtronic Announces CE Mark and Launch of NC Euphora Coronary Balloon

May 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Continuing its commitment to bringing advanced and clinically relevant interventional technologies to market, Medtronic, Inc. has announced CE (Conformité Européene) mark and launch of the NC Euphora Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter...

Medtronic Settles Global Patent Litigation with Edwards Lifesciences

May 20, 2014 9:37 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. announced that it has reached a global patent settlement agreement with Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. Under the terms of the cross-license settlement agreement, the parties will dismiss all of the pending litigation matters...

Radiopaque Clad Wire

May 20, 2014 8:00 am | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Custom manufactured clad composite wire which is an effective alternative to solid wires with marker bands to improve the visibility of implantable devices is available from Anomet Products, Inc. of Shrewsbury, MA. Anomet Radiopaque Clad Wires allow...

Beaming Power to Medical Chips Deep Inside the Body

May 19, 2014 3:01 pm | by Tom Abate, Associate Director of Communications, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A wireless system developed by Electrical Engineering Professor Ada Poon uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice, paving the way for new ‘electroceutical’ devices to treat illness...

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ICD and CRT-D Patients Benefit from Home Telemonitoring

May 19, 2014 11:36 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Home telemonitoring is equally effective in ICD and CRT-D patients, a subanalysis of the IN-TIME trial has shown. The findings were presented for the first time today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece...

Implantable Device Treats Central Sleep Apnea in Heart Failure Patients

May 19, 2014 11:25 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

A novel device implanted under the skin like a pacemaker successfully treats central sleep apnea (CSA) in heart failure patients, according to research presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece...

Self-Fixating Hernia Mesh Platform

May 19, 2014 10:29 am | by LifeBond Ltd. | News | Comments

LifeMesh is being developed to provide strong, atraumatic fixation of prosthetic mesh for reinforcement of tissue during surgical repair of abdominal wall defects. The self-fixating surgical mesh is being developed to simplify hernia repair...

Biosensors' Next Generation Cobalt Chromium Bare-Metal Stent

May 19, 2014 10:21 am | by Biosensors International | News | Comments

Biosensors International has launched Chroma, its innovative cobalt chromium bare-metal stent (BMS). The novel platform combines straight and s-shaped link connectors, providing enhanced longitudinal strength while maintaining flexibility...

Surgery Completed to Implant 3D Printed Hip

May 16, 2014 3:06 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient's CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided...

Hope for Paraplegic Patients

May 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

People with severe injuries to their spinal cord currently have no prospect of recovery and remain confined to their wheelchairs. Now, all that could change with a new treatment that stimulates the spinal cord using electric impulses. The...

First Implantation of Aesculap’s univation X Unicondylar Knee System

May 15, 2014 4:58 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems LLC | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the implantation of the univation X Unidondylar Knee System on April 9, 2014. This case marks the first implantation for Aesculap’s univation X fixed knee implant worldwide and marked the limited launch...

Societies Publish Recommendations to Guide Minimally Invasive Valve Therapy Programs for Patients

May 15, 2014 10:59 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

As minimally invasive therapies are increasingly used to treat diseased heart valves, newly published recommendations provide guidance on best practices for providing optimal care for patients. The document released today offers first-time...

Minimally Invasive Procedure Saves More Lives than Open-Heart Surgery

May 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Baylor Research Institute | News | Comments

For the first time, a minimally invasive transcatheter valve – tested by Baylor Research Institute in Dallas (BRI) – has been shown to save more lives than open-heart surgery, according to new research revealed at the American College... 

St. Jude Medical Announces First Implants in US Study of the Portico Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve System

May 14, 2014 8:50 am | by St. Jude Medical Inc. | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced that the first patient implants occurred in the Portico Re-sheathable Transcatheter Aortic Valve System U.S. IDE Trial (PORTICO trial). The trial is evaluating the Portico...

Implantable Pump Seal Improves Service Life and Cuts Power Use

May 13, 2014 3:33 pm | by Steve Twork, Global Market Manager – Medical Devices, Bal Seal Engineering Inc. | Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Implantable devices can significantly impact the quality of care offered to a patient. Since they function within the human body, they must be able to exist in that hostile environment without fail. As such, ensuring the proper sealing...

Why Athletes Are More Likely to Need Pacemakers in Old Age

May 13, 2014 2:16 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

A new study by the University of Manchester has shed light on why athletes are more likely to have abnormal heart rhythms. Elderly athletes with a lifelong history of training and competing in endurance events like marathons, triathlons and...

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