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Review focuses on autologous cell therapy that can be applied to cardiac surgery

Review focuses on autologous cell therapy that can be applied to cardiac surgery

The combination of cell and gene therapy is rapidly raising clinical interest, although their combination has been under investigation for several decades. This is mainly due to the availability and feasibility of clinically relevant gene delivery options. This review focuses on cell therapies for heart failure and their use combined with cardiac surgery as well as with gene therapy. [More]
LivaNova announces first implant of Perceval sutureless valve in PERSIST-AVR trial

LivaNova announces first implant of Perceval sutureless valve in PERSIST-AVR trial

LivaNova, PLC, a global medical technology company, announced today the first implant of the Perceval sutureless valve in the PERSIST-AVR trial at CHU Brabois, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. [More]
Two common approaches to post-operative AF equally safe, effective

Two common approaches to post-operative AF equally safe, effective

Cleveland Clinic researchers, as part of the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network, have found that two common approaches to post-operative atrial fibrillation - rhythm control and rate control - are equally safe and effective. [More]
Patients undergoing mini-MVR have similar outcomes compared with conventional surgery

Patients undergoing mini-MVR have similar outcomes compared with conventional surgery

Patients undergoing minimally invasive mitral valve repair or replacement (mini-MVR) have similar outcomes as patients undergoing conventional surgery and also experience shorter hospital stays and fewer blood transfusions, according to an article posted online today by The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Certain gut bacteria can influence the immune system to reduce severity of stroke

Certain gut bacteria can influence the immune system to reduce severity of stroke

Certain types of bacteria in the gut can leverage the immune system to decrease the severity of stroke, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine. This finding can help mitigate stroke -- which is the second leading cause of death worldwide. [More]
Boston Children's, Edwards Lifesciences launch new prosthetic heart valve study for congenital heart defect

Boston Children's, Edwards Lifesciences launch new prosthetic heart valve study for congenital heart defect

Surgeons in the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital have partnered with Edwards Lifesciences to launch a clinical study of a new prosthetic heart valve for patients born with a congenital heart defect. [More]
Hi-tech Hybrid Operating Theatre has potential to improve patient care, reduce overall cost of treatment

Hi-tech Hybrid Operating Theatre has potential to improve patient care, reduce overall cost of treatment

Last month, St George’s Hospital - one of the biggest in the UK - opened their new hi-tech Hybrid Operating Theatre, where state of the art imaging could mean less invasive surgery and safer procedures for patients. [More]
Adults living with congenital heart disease may have higher risk of PTSD

Adults living with congenital heart disease may have higher risk of PTSD

Adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD) may have a significantly higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than people in the general population. [More]
LivaNova announces first implantation of Perceval sutureless valve in U.S.

LivaNova announces first implantation of Perceval sutureless valve in U.S.

LivaNova, PLC (the “Company”), a global medical technology company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announced the first U.S. implantation of the Perceval valve, the sutureless biological aortic replacement valve. [More]
PolyPid closes $22 million private equity financing

PolyPid closes $22 million private equity financing

PolyPid Ltd., an emerging clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company, focused primarily on the development of post-surgical anti-infection pipeline, announced today that it closed a $22 million private equity financing. [More]
New BayCare Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery office opens at St. Anthony's Hospital

New BayCare Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery office opens at St. Anthony's Hospital

To improve access to high-quality, advanced cardiac surgery services in St. Petersburg and south Pinellas County, BayCare Health System has opened a BayCare Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery office at St. Anthony's Hospital. [More]
LivaNova's stented aortic bioprosthesis CROWN PRT now approved for treatment of aortic valve disease

LivaNova's stented aortic bioprosthesis CROWN PRT now approved for treatment of aortic valve disease

LivaNova PLC, a global medical technology company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, today announced it has been granted approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its innovative stented aortic bioprosthesis CROWN PRT for the treatment of aortic valve disease. [More]
Heart surgery patients who receive home visits from PAs less likely to be readmitted to hospital

Heart surgery patients who receive home visits from PAs less likely to be readmitted to hospital

Two home visits by a physician's assistant (PA) during the week after hospital discharge significantly reduces the chance that a heart surgery patient will be readmitted, and reduces overall costs associated with the heart surgery, according to a scientific presentation at the 52nd Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. [More]
Pioneer calls on electrophysiologists to reexamine substrate mapping for deadly heart arrhythmia

Pioneer calls on electrophysiologists to reexamine substrate mapping for deadly heart arrhythmia

A pioneer in developing life-saving therapies for a deadly heart arrhythmia has called on electrophysiologists to reexamine a widely used technique to guide the treatment of the faulty electrical impulses responsible for these abnormal heartbeats. [More]
CytoSorbents partners with Hoang Long Pharma to bring CytoSorb to Vietnam

CytoSorbents partners with Hoang Long Pharma to bring CytoSorb to Vietnam

CytoSorbents Corporation, a leader in critical care immunotherapy commercializing its CytoSorb extracorporeal cytokine adsorber to control deadly inflammation using blood purification, today announced an exclusive multi-year distribution agreement with Hoang Long Pharma, a medical distributor in Vietnam specializing in the distribution of innovative pharmaceuticals, biologics, and devices to treat patients suffering from critical illnesses, immunologic disorders and deficiencies, and infections. [More]

Arterial grafts provide better outcomes than venous grafts in heart bypass surgery patients

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend expanding the use of arteries from the chest and forearm rather than using veins from the leg when performing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery in certain patients. The guidelines, posted online today, will appear in the February 2016 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Mallinckrodt announces approval of INOmax for cardiovascular surgery in Australia and Japan

Mallinckrodt announces approval of INOmax for cardiovascular surgery in Australia and Japan

Mallinckrodt plc, a leading specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that INOmax (nitric oxide) for inhalation has received regulatory approval in Australia and Japan for pulmonary hypertension in conjunction with heart surgery. [More]
Marriage status linked to survival outcomes following cardiac surgery

Marriage status linked to survival outcomes following cardiac surgery

People are at a greater risk of death or serious disability following cardiac surgery if they are divorced, separated or widowed, according to new research published in JAMA Surgery. [More]
Penn Medicine study shows that married people fare better following heart surgery

Penn Medicine study shows that married people fare better following heart surgery

Patients who are divorced, separated or widowed had an approximately 40 percent greater chance of dying or developing a new functional disability in the first two years following cardiac surgery than their married peers, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published in this week's JAMA Surgery. [More]
Multimodal non-invasive neurological monitoring reduces postoperative delirium in older cardiac patients

Multimodal non-invasive neurological monitoring reduces postoperative delirium in older cardiac patients

Patients undergoing cardiac surgery are at an increased risk of developing delirium and other changes in cognitive function in the days following surgery. However, new research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 annual meeting, found using monitors to track depth of anesthesia and oxygenation levels in older patients' brains during cardiac surgery significantly reduced their incidence of postoperative delirium and associated cognitive decline. [More]
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