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Innovative treatment option for children with plastic bronchitis

Innovative treatment option for children with plastic bronchitis

A case study published recently in the journal Pediatrics describes an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that treated plastic bronchitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, in a six-year-old boy with a heart condition. Using new lymphatic imaging tools and catheterization techniques, physician-researchers eliminated bronchial casts, which are an accumulation of lymphatic material that clogged the child's airway. [More]
Mount Sinai Hospital first in nation to use drug-coated balloon to open blocked arteries in the leg

Mount Sinai Hospital first in nation to use drug-coated balloon to open blocked arteries in the leg

The Mount Sinai Hospital is first in the United States to use the first and only FDA-approved, drug-coated balloon to open blocked arteries in the leg. [More]
Minimally invasive valve-repair procedures offer hope for patients who have heart-valve problems

Minimally invasive valve-repair procedures offer hope for patients who have heart-valve problems

Annie Henderson, 69, suffers from multiple chronic ailments, including kidney failure and mitral valve insufficiency. The later turned her life into a battle for breath, eliminating almost all activities and even making sleep a struggle. She couldn't sleep for more than 20-minutes at a time without waking in a fit of coughing. Thanks to a leading-edge procedure performed at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Mrs. Henderson is now breathing - and sleeping - easy. [More]
Calling 9-1-1 can speed access to lifesaving treatment, say cardiology researchers

Calling 9-1-1 can speed access to lifesaving treatment, say cardiology researchers

Time is critical for patients experiencing a heart attack, and calling 9-1-1 first will speed access to lifesaving treatment, according to MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute cardiology researchers. [More]
Noninvasive diagnosis ‘reliable’ for pulmonary hypertension diagnosis

Noninvasive diagnosis ‘reliable’ for pulmonary hypertension diagnosis

Doppler echocardiography has good accuracy relative to right heart catheterisation for detecting pulmonary hypertension, shows a large study. [More]
Cardiac arrhythmias pose risk in pulmonary hypertension patients

Cardiac arrhythmias pose risk in pulmonary hypertension patients

Supraventricular arrhythmias are common and usually cause clinical deterioration in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, a study shows. [More]
MediValve successfully completes post-market clinical evaluation of acWire Guidewire

MediValve successfully completes post-market clinical evaluation of acWire Guidewire

MediValve, Ltd., a Trendlines portfolio company, today announced that it has successfully completed the first two cases of post-market clinical evaluation of its acWire Guidewire. [More]
UVA earns national award for enhancing care for heart attack patients

UVA earns national award for enhancing care for heart attack patients

The University of Virginia Health System has earned a national award from the American College of Cardiology for enhancing care for heart attack patients. [More]
Inhaled nitric oxide given to heart attack patients may improve recovery

Inhaled nitric oxide given to heart attack patients may improve recovery

Inhaled nitric oxide, delivered to heart attack patients before and during treatment with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) did not reduce the extent of damaged tissue (infarct), but may have improved recovery, according to Hot Line results presented today at ESC Congress 2014. [More]
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]