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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]
Stopping cholesterol medications before surgery may increase risk of death during recovery

Stopping cholesterol medications before surgery may increase risk of death during recovery

Patients who stop taking cholesterol medications before surgery are following outdated recommendations, and significantly increasing their risk of death if they don't resume taking the medications within two days after surgery, according to a study of more than 300,000 patients being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 annual meeting. [More]
Nitrous oxide shows promise in patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

Nitrous oxide shows promise in patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

Nitrous oxide, an effective and inexpensive anesthetic, is safe for surgical patients who have or are at risk for cardiovascular disease, according to results of a large randomized controlled trial being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 annual meeting. [More]
Taking blood pressure level before a patient enters O.R. may produce more accurate measurements

Taking blood pressure level before a patient enters O.R. may produce more accurate measurements

When a patient arrives in the operating room (O.R.) for surgery, one of the first things a physician will do is take his or her blood pressure, a "baseline" measurement used throughout the procedure. However, a new study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2015 annual meeting found blood pressure taken before the patient enters the O.R. may produce more accurate measurements and should be used to determine baseline blood pressure. [More]
Jersey Shore University Medical Center to host Annual Public Meeting on December 7, 2015

Jersey Shore University Medical Center to host Annual Public Meeting on December 7, 2015

Jersey Shore University Medical Center will hold its Hospital Annual Public Meeting on Monday, December 7, 2015. [More]
Sorin Group initiates PERSIST-AVR trial to evaluate Perceval sutureless aortic valve against standard sutured bioprostheses

Sorin Group initiates PERSIST-AVR trial to evaluate Perceval sutureless aortic valve against standard sutured bioprostheses

Sorin Group, a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, today announced the initiation of PERSIST-AVR, the first international, prospective, post-market randomized multi-center trial evaluating the Perceval sutureless aortic valve compared to standard sutured bioprostheses in patients with aortic valve disease. [More]
Researchers design specialized catheter for fixing holes in the heart

Researchers design specialized catheter for fixing holes in the heart

Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Karp Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital have jointly designed a specialized catheter for fixing holes in the heart using a biodegradable adhesive and patch. [More]
Orlando Health gets Overall 3 Star Rating for bypass surgery and lobectomy

Orlando Health gets Overall 3 Star Rating for bypass surgery and lobectomy

Orlando Health received an Overall 3 Star Rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for quality care provided to patients undergoing bypass surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. [More]

Mitral valve disease patients enrolled in Harpoon’s Early Feasibility Study with 100% procedural success

Harpoon Medical, a medical device company focused on minimally-invasive, beating-heart, mitral valve repair, announced today that ten patients with severe degenerative mitral valve disease are now enrolled in its ongoing Early Feasibility Study at two clinical study sites in Europe. [More]
Boca Raton Regional Hospital introduces ultra-minimally invasive procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation

Boca Raton Regional Hospital introduces ultra-minimally invasive procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation

Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Richard G. Cartledge, MD, FACS, has begun performing ultra-minimally invasive left atrial appendage ligation for atrial fibrillation patients who are on anticoagulants such as Coumadin, Xarelto or Effient. Dr. Cartledge, who is Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Hospital, is one of a select group of surgeons nationally using this method, which involves making two microscopic incisions in order to seal off the left atrial appendage (LAA) in patients where anticoagulants are contraindicated or who refuse to be on such medications. [More]
Preoperative statins linked to reductions in cardiac complications, mortality after noncardiac surgery

Preoperative statins linked to reductions in cardiac complications, mortality after noncardiac surgery

Preoperative statins are associated with a 17% reduction in cardiac complications and a 43% reduction in mortality after noncardiac surgery, according to results from the VISION Study presented for the first time today at ESC Congress by Dr Otavio Berwanger, director of the Research Institute HCor, Hospital do Coração (Heart Hospital) in São Paulo, Brazil. [More]
New ESC Guidelines on infective endocarditis support role of imaging in diagnosis

New ESC Guidelines on infective endocarditis support role of imaging in diagnosis

ESC Guidelines published today on infective endocarditis boost the role of imaging in diagnosis of this deadly disease. [More]
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