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In medicine, a catheter is a tube that can be inserted into a body cavity, duct, or vessel. Catheters . In most uses, a catheter is a thin, flexible tube ("soft" catheter), though in some uses, it is a larger, solid ("hard") catheter. A catheter left inside the body, either temporarily or permanently, may be referred to as an indwelling catheter. A permanently inserted catheter may be referred to as a permcath.
Paroxysmal AF patients who practice yoga have better quality of life

Paroxysmal AF patients who practice yoga have better quality of life

Yoga improves quality of life in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, according to research published today in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Heart rate and blood pressure also decreased in patients who did yoga. [More]
Valley Hospital to evaluate potential new treatment alternative for AFib patients

Valley Hospital to evaluate potential new treatment alternative for AFib patients

The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, is one of 15 U.S. sites currently enrolling patients in a research study to evaluate a potential new treatment alternative for patients with symptomatic persistent and long standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AFib). [More]
Impact of central catheter maintenance bundle on central line-associated bloodstream infections

Impact of central catheter maintenance bundle on central line-associated bloodstream infections

A central catheter maintenance bundle developed to prevent a common healthcare-associated infection had an immediate effect of decreasing rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections, according to a study in the American Journal of Critical Care. [More]
UAB researchers focus on five key areas to improve care of CVD patients

UAB researchers focus on five key areas to improve care of CVD patients

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year — that's one in every four deaths. The impact of cardiovascular diseases is quite large. [More]
CHLA cardiologists perform rare fetal cardiac intervention procedure

CHLA cardiologists perform rare fetal cardiac intervention procedure

Last August, when Children's Hospital Los Angeles cardiologists confirmed that the heart of a 27-week-old fetus suffered from a critical cardiac condition that prevented blood returning from the fetus's lungs from circulating back into the body, they told the parents that their child faced certain open-heart surgery after birth. Even worse, babies born with this very rare condition—hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) with restrictive atrial septum—have a 50 percent neonatal mortality rate. [More]
Ohio State study evaluates trans-catheter interatrial shunt device for diastolic heart failure

Ohio State study evaluates trans-catheter interatrial shunt device for diastolic heart failure

For the first time in the U.S., a clinical trial is underway that's evaluating a device designed to treat diastolic heart failure. The first patient enrolled in the randomized, blinded study is being treated at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. [More]
Cardiac clot-busting drug decreases mortality in hemorrhagic stroke patients

Cardiac clot-busting drug decreases mortality in hemorrhagic stroke patients

Reporting on the results of a phase III international clinical trial, Johns Hopkins Medicine physicians say use of a cardiac clot-busting drug to treat strokes that cause brain bleeding safely decreased the death rate in patients by 10 percent, compared to a control group receiving saline. [More]
Pitt experts lead gene therapy clinical trial in Parkinson's disease patients

Pitt experts lead gene therapy clinical trial in Parkinson's disease patients

Experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are leading the second arm of a clinical trial using gene therapy to relieve the symptoms of tremor and mobility impairment in patients with Parkinson's disease. [More]
Stenting and surgery equally effective at lowering long-term risk of stroke

Stenting and surgery equally effective at lowering long-term risk of stroke

Investigators for the Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy versus Stenting Trial found that stenting and surgery are equally effective at lowering the long-term risk of stroke from a narrowed carotid artery, according to a study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Clot-busting drugs decrease mortality in one of worst forms of hemorrhagic stroke

Clot-busting drugs decrease mortality in one of worst forms of hemorrhagic stroke

The use of clot-busting drugs to clear blood from the brain's ventricles may be the first effective strategy to decrease mortality for a type of catastrophic bleeding stroke, according to phase-3 clinical trial results announced Thursday at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles. [More]
Long-term survival of 'blue babies' and patients with congenital heart defects reasonably good

Long-term survival of 'blue babies' and patients with congenital heart defects reasonably good

Over 90 percent of those operated on for congenital heart defects as children, for example, due to blue baby syndrome, are alive 20 years post-surgery. A new doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy has explored this issue. [More]
First two patients treated in multi-center clinical trial for perivascular renal denervation

First two patients treated in multi-center clinical trial for perivascular renal denervation

Ablative Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a privately held company headquartered in Kalamazoo, MI, with offices in Palo Alto, CA, announced today that Professors Wojtek Wojakowski and Mariusz Hochul have treated the first two patients in the European Peregrine Post-Market Study. [More]
Vascular surgery safer than stenting for older patients with carotid stenosis

Vascular surgery safer than stenting for older patients with carotid stenosis

Vascular surgery appears to be safer than stenting for patients over 70 years of age with carotid stenosis, or a blockage of the carotid arteries in the neck, according to new findings published today in the Lancet. [More]
Ultrasound-activated microbubbles help preserve healthy heart tissue

Ultrasound-activated microbubbles help preserve healthy heart tissue

Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering used ultrasound-activated microbubbles to improve preservation of heart muscle and function in a pig heart attack model. [More]
Cranberry capsules more effective in lowering UTI risk than juice

Cranberry capsules more effective in lowering UTI risk than juice

A UTI is an infection in any part of the urinary system, kidneys, bladder or urethra. They are more common in women and affect more than 3 million Americans per year. Many in the population will turn to sipping on a cranberry juice cocktail to alleviate their symptoms, but, according to a Texas A&M Health Science Center urologist, drinking cranberry juice to treat a UTI is little more than an old wives' tale. [More]

AccuTEC Blades introduces GEM RUNNER Reloadable Safety Single-Edge Blade Dispenser

AccuTEC Blades, Inc. announces the launch at MD&M West of its newest work station product - the GEM RUNNER Reloadable Safety Single-Edge Blade Dispenser, a breakthrough tool that speeds catheter production at the touch of a button. [More]
New blood clotting analysis system could help determine effects antithrombotic (anti-clotting) drugs

New blood clotting analysis system could help determine effects antithrombotic (anti-clotting) drugs

A new blood clotting analysis system designed in Japan makes it easier to determine the effects of taking one or more antithrombotic (anti-clotting) drugs. [More]
Velano Vascular obtains FDA clearance for modified version of novel blood draw device

Velano Vascular obtains FDA clearance for modified version of novel blood draw device

Velano Vascular, a medical technology company transforming and enhancing the care experience for hospitalized patients and their practitioners, announced today that the company received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for a modified version of its novel, needle-free blood draw device. [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]

Survey: 97% of patients concerned about cleaning and re-using catheters

A new survey has revealed significant levels of patient concern about the prospect of being asked to administer a reusable catheter, which require the user to wash and re-use their device. [More]
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