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Amgen seeks FDA approval for evolocumab to treat patients with high cholesterol

Amgen seeks FDA approval for evolocumab to treat patients with high cholesterol

Amgen today announced the submission of a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for evolocumab seeking approval for the treatment of high cholesterol. [More]

Cardiva Medical closes private equity financing and senior secured facility with GE Capital

Cardiva Medical, Inc. announced today that it has closed the first two tranches of a $16.5 million Series 3 private equity financing and a $12.5 million senior secured facility with GE Capital. [More]
Research leads to optimal design of alternative to open-heart surgery

Research leads to optimal design of alternative to open-heart surgery

University of Houston (UH) professor Suncica "Sunny" Canic is a mathematician, not a medical doctor, but her research could save the lives of heart patients. [More]
Improving care, outcomes for NSTEMI patients linked to higher survival rates

Improving care, outcomes for NSTEMI patients linked to higher survival rates

Changes in the treatment of the most common form of heart attack over the past decade have been associated with higher survival rates for men and women regardless of age, race and ethnicity, according to a UCLA-led analysis. [More]
Radial artery catheterization much safer for women

Radial artery catheterization much safer for women

Instead of going through the groin during heart catheterizations, physicians can now insert the catheter through a patient's wrist, a less traumatic and safer option for some patients — especially women. [More]
Researchers use simple tactics to reduce unnecessary blood tests, health care spending

Researchers use simple tactics to reduce unnecessary blood tests, health care spending

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges. [More]
St. Mary's Medical Center honored with Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award

St. Mary's Medical Center honored with Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. [More]
Children who undergo complex imaging tests may have increased risk of cancer

Children who undergo complex imaging tests may have increased risk of cancer

Children with heart disease are exposed to low levels of radiation during X-rays, which do not significantly raise their lifetime cancer risk. [More]
LUMEDX, Scientific Software Solutions to create Comprehensive Congenital Cardiac Information System

LUMEDX, Scientific Software Solutions to create Comprehensive Congenital Cardiac Information System

LUMEDX Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based cardiovascular imaging and information systems (CVIS), and Scientific Software Solutions, Inc., (SSS), maker of PedCath congenital catheterization (cath) reporting software, announced today that they are partnering to create an innovative solution for congenital cardiac data and image management. [More]
Mount Sinai Heart to host four-day symposium on Complex Coronary, Valvular, and Vascular Cases

Mount Sinai Heart to host four-day symposium on Complex Coronary, Valvular, and Vascular Cases

Mount Sinai Heart will host its innovative and prestigious 17th Annual 2014 Live Symposium of Complex Coronary, Valvular, and Vascular Cases June 10-13 at The Mount Sinai Hospital. [More]
Blood gene expression profile identifies patients with elevated risk of cardiovascular death

Blood gene expression profile identifies patients with elevated risk of cardiovascular death

A study of 338 patients with coronary artery disease has identified a gene expression profile associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular death. Used with other indicators such as biochemical markers and family history, the profile - based on a simple blood test - may help identify patients who could benefit from personalized treatment and counseling designed to address risk factors. [More]
CardiAQ performs first-in-human Trans-Apical TMVI procedure

CardiAQ performs first-in-human Trans-Apical TMVI procedure

CardiAQ Valve Technologies (CardiAQ), which performed the first ever Trans-Femoral, Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation procedure in June of 2012 with its self-conforming, self-anchoring implant technology, announced today that it has achieved another milestone in cardiovascular medicine by successfully implanting its Second Generation Transcatheter Mitral Valve in an 88-year-old female suffering from severe mitral regurgitation (MR 4+) using the company's newly added Trans-Apical Delivery System. [More]
PAH risk factors identified for systemic sclerosis patients

PAH risk factors identified for systemic sclerosis patients

Researchers have identified clinical features that could help predict which patients with systemic sclerosis are likely to go on to develop pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and therefore benefit most from early treatment. [More]
CathMaps+ world's first mobile application for people with elevated risk of cardiac incident

CathMaps+ world's first mobile application for people with elevated risk of cardiac incident

CathMaps+ will demonstrate how mobile technology can provide emergency assistance and peace of mind to millions of Americans at risk for a cardiac event. [More]
Study shows room for improvement in medical management of women with PAD

Study shows room for improvement in medical management of women with PAD

Women face greater limits on their lifestyle and have more severe symptoms as a result of peripheral artery disease (PAD), but minimally invasive procedures used to unclog arteries are just as successful as in men. [More]
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of Mount Sinai Heart receives highest "two-star" safety rating

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of Mount Sinai Heart receives highest "two-star" safety rating

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory of Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Hospital has once again received the highest "two-star" safety rating from the New York State Department of Health for its percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) overall and in non-emergency cases. [More]
Jersey Shore opens new CVICU to provide post-operative care for cardiac surgery patients

Jersey Shore opens new CVICU to provide post-operative care for cardiac surgery patients

Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently unveiled the new CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) - a twelve bed critical care unit providing post-operative care for cardiac surgery patients, including those who receive traditional open heart surgery and newer, complex interventional cardiovascular procedures. [More]
Hospital sees success by temporarily connecting major blood vessels

Hospital sees success by temporarily connecting major blood vessels

Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital reached a medical milestone April 3, performing the 25th successful transcatheter valve replacement using a novel way to access the heart. [More]
RWJUH offers new alternative to open up blocked arteries

RWJUH offers new alternative to open up blocked arteries

Treatment options for high-risk heart patients with severely calcified coronary artery disease (CAD) have been limited for more than 20 years. Now, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital offers a new alternative to open up blocked arteries. [More]
Scientists discover how MRP-14 gene generates dangerous clots that could trigger heart attack

Scientists discover how MRP-14 gene generates dangerous clots that could trigger heart attack

Right now, options are limited for preventing heart attacks. However, the day may come when treatments target the heart attack gene, myeloid related protein-14 (MRP-14, also known as S100A9) and defang its ability to produce heart attack-inducing blood clots, a process referred to as thrombosis. [More]