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Occlutech's Paravalvular Leak Closure Device European CE Mark approval

Occlutech's Paravalvular Leak Closure Device European CE Mark approval

Occlutech, a leading innovator of products to treat structural heart disease today announced that it has obtained a European CE Mark approval for its dedicated Paravalvular Leak Closure Device, (PLD). [More]
Seattle Children's Research Institute receives grant to improve health of infants with heart defects

Seattle Children's Research Institute receives grant to improve health of infants with heart defects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Orphan Products Development has awarded Seattle Children's Research Institute a $1.6 million grant to lead a 4-year, multi-site clinical trial aimed at improving long-term health in infants born with a heart defect. [More]
Trauma center in Pennsylvania granted Level IV Trauma Center Accreditation status

Trauma center in Pennsylvania granted Level IV Trauma Center Accreditation status

Level IV Trauma Center Accreditation status has been granted to an additional hospital in Pennsylvania for the period from November 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015. [More]
NCH advances cardiovascular service line in northwest suburbs

NCH advances cardiovascular service line in northwest suburbs

Northwest Community Healthcare is strengthening cardiovascular care for patients in the northwest suburbs by advancing its cardiovascular service line. NCH has new relationships with cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and cardiologists, and, in addition, has announced plans to open a new heart failure clinic this fall in Mount Prospect. [More]
3D-printed heart model created by Materialise

3D-printed heart model created by Materialise

Materialise (Nasdaq:MTLS), a pioneer in 3D Printing for medical applications, recently created a 3D-printed heart model for doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to support Bradley White’s case, a 16-year-old boy who was born with a tumor. With the aid of Materialise’s HeartPrint® 3D-printed model, his doctors were able to determine the best treatment for Bradley’s erratic heartbeat. [More]
Extreme environment medicine: an interview with Dr Kevin Fong, University College London

Extreme environment medicine: an interview with Dr Kevin Fong, University College London

The understanding of how long-duration space flight affects the human body has come on quite considerably in recent years, and in large part, we owe that to programs of research that have taken place aboard the International Space Station and the Mir Space Station. [More]
Plant-based medication after cardiac surgery shows mixed results in reducing complications

Plant-based medication after cardiac surgery shows mixed results in reducing complications

Administration of colchicine, a plant-based medication commonly used to treat gout, before and after cardiac surgery showed mixed results in reducing potential complications from this type of surgery, but it did increase the risk of gastrointestinal adverse effects, according to a study published by JAMA. [More]
School nurses reach 98% of students in U.S. public schools to diagnose primary immunodeficiency

School nurses reach 98% of students in U.S. public schools to diagnose primary immunodeficiency

School nurses reach 98 percent of the 50,000,000 students in U.S. public schools, grades k-12, and are uniquely positioned to facilitate the early diagnosis of serious medical conditions such as primary immunodeficiency (PI). [More]
Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher surgical risk

Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher surgical risk

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. [More]
Experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized linked with increased long-term risk of stroke

Experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized linked with increased long-term risk of stroke

In a study that included 1.7 million patients undergoing inpatient surgery, experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized was associated with an increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke, especially following noncardiac surgery, according to a study in the August 13 issue of JAMA. [More]
Clinical trial provides women with more accurate way to detect cervical cancer

Clinical trial provides women with more accurate way to detect cervical cancer

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is conducting a clinical trial that provides women with a more accurate way to detect cervical cancer. [More]
Roundtable discussion on heroin and prescription drug abuse

Roundtable discussion on heroin and prescription drug abuse

Jersey Shore University Medical Center hosted a roundtable discussion on August 4, led by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, to discuss the continued growth in heroin and prescription drug abuse in the shore community. [More]
New joint ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery

New joint ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery

The publication of the new joint ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery: cardiovascular assessment and management introduces a number of recommendations in the field. Among other topics, the Guidelines include updated information on the use of clinical indices and biomarkers in risk assessment, and the use of novel anticoagulants, statins, aspirin and beta-blockers in risk mitigation. [More]
Study reveals impact of new onset postoperative AFib on patient mortality rates

Study reveals impact of new onset postoperative AFib on patient mortality rates

New onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (AFib, or abnormal heartbeat) occurs in one-out-of-five heart surgery patients and is associated with an increased risk of additional complications, including double the risk of death, according to a study in the August 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Statin therapy may speed up wound healing following cardiac surgery

Statin therapy may speed up wound healing following cardiac surgery

Statin therapy may help to improve wound healing in patients following cardiac surgery and reduce overall recovery time, especially in patients who are prone to healing complications, according to a review article in the August 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Surgical patient safety program significantly reduces cardiac surgical site infections

Surgical patient safety program significantly reduces cardiac surgical site infections

A common postoperative complication after open heart operations-infection at the surgical site-has been reduced by 77 percent at a Canadian hospital through its participation in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP-), according to a new case study presented at the 2014 ACS NSQIP National Conference. [More]

First publication describing use of CytoSorb during cardiac surgery

CytoSorbents Corporation, a critical care immunotherapy company commercializing its CytoSorb® cytokine adsorber in multiple countries worldwide, announced the PDF availability of the first publication describing the use of CytoSorb® intra-operatively during cardiac surgery at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Hospital - Grosshadern Campus, in Germany. [More]
AHA honors two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers"

AHA honors two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers"

The American Heart Association has honored two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers" for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of the AHA's mission to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. [More]

Thoratec commences CE Mark Clinical Trial for HeartMate III chronic left ventricular assist system

Thoratec Corporation, a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, said today that its CE Mark Clinical Trial for HeartMate III™ commenced with the first patient implanted with this new device. [More]
CHOP launches Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program

CHOP launches Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia today launched the Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program. Building on growing evidence of the interaction of heart disease and brain development in the fetus, this Program will systematically investigate innovative therapies to protect brain development and to prevent brain injury as early as possible before birth. [More]