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A drug-eluting stent (DES) is a coronary stent (a scaffold) placed into narrowed, diseased coronary arteries that slowly releases a drug to block cell proliferation. This prevents fibrosis that, together with clots (thrombus), could otherwise block the stented artery, a process called restenosis.
Cardiac catheterization performed through wrist can reduce bleeding, lower mortality

Cardiac catheterization performed through wrist can reduce bleeding, lower mortality

The groin is the usual access point for investigating or treating the heart with a catheter, but using the wrist as access point reduces bleeding and lowers mortality. These findings are from an international study with major involvement from the University of Bern published today in the Lancet. [More]
Extended dual antiplatelet therapy after DES implantation increases mortality

Extended dual antiplatelet therapy after DES implantation increases mortality

Data from a meta-analysis published today in The Lancet found that extended duration dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation was associated with significantly higher rates of mortality compared to shorter DAPT. [More]
Patients with multiple narrowed arteries have better outcomes with CABG than with PCI

Patients with multiple narrowed arteries have better outcomes with CABG than with PCI

Despite the advent of a new generation of stents, patients with multiple narrowed arteries in the heart who received coronary artery bypass grafting fared better than those whose arteries were opened with balloon angioplasty and stents in a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Cook Medical receives CE Mark for new thumbwheel deployment system for Zilver PTX drug-eluting peripheral stent

Cook Medical receives CE Mark for new thumbwheel deployment system for Zilver PTX drug-eluting peripheral stent

CE Mark has been awarded to the new rotating thumbwheel deployment system for Cook Medical’s Zilver PTX drug-eluting peripheral stent. The new system, which is now available for purchase in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Italy, provides simple deployment for the world’s first and only approved drug-eluting stent for the superficial femoral artery (SFA). [More]
Clinical trial results of drug-eluting stent for peripheral arterial disease presented at LINC 2015

Clinical trial results of drug-eluting stent for peripheral arterial disease presented at LINC 2015

Historic five-year results from the world’s largest clinical trial of a drug-eluting stent for treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD) were presented last week at the Leipzig Interventional Course, in Germany. The data confirm long-term patency for patients treated with Zilver® PTX®. [More]
Boston Scientific starts PLATINUM Diversity trial to evaluate Promus PREMIER Stent System

Boston Scientific starts PLATINUM Diversity trial to evaluate Promus PREMIER Stent System

As part of its commitment to innovation and improving patient outcomes, Boston Scientific Corporation has initiated the PLATINUM Diversity trial to evaluate the clinical performance of the Promus PREMIER Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System in underserved patient populations, including women and people of color. [More]
Abbott announces initiation of ABSORB IV heart stent clinical trial

Abbott announces initiation of ABSORB IV heart stent clinical trial

Abbott announced today the start of the ABSORB IV clinical trial, which will test whether its Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) is more cost-effective and offers a higher quality of life than a best-in-class, permanent, metallic drug eluting stent. [More]

Drug-eluting peripheral stent from Cook Medical selected as a top 10 game-changing health technology for 2014

As announced at the 2014 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) symposium, the Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health (CNESH) has selected Cook Medical’s Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting peripheral stent as a top 10 game-changing health technology for 2014. The CNESH top 10 list is designed to encourage the adoption and use of effective, safe health technologies in Canada. [More]
Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting stent from Cook Medical receives positive one-year follow-up results

Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting stent from Cook Medical receives positive one-year follow-up results

One-year follow-up data from 907 Japanese patients who received the Zilver® PTX® drug-eluting stent showed positive results in keeping open the superficial femoral artery (SFA). The postmarket surveillance (PMS) study, designed to evaluate the stent’s performance in real-world patient use, was presented at the 2014 Euro PCR meeting. [More]
Micell Technologies presents DESSOLVE I and II trial data at EuroPCR conference

Micell Technologies presents DESSOLVE I and II trial data at EuroPCR conference

Micell Technologies, Inc. today announced that long-term clinical outcomes from its DESSOLVE I and II clinical trials were presented at the EuroPCR conference in Paris, France this week. [More]
BIOTRONIK ProMRI ICD trial expansion achieves FDA approval

BIOTRONIK ProMRI ICD trial expansion achieves FDA approval

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a significant expansion of its ongoing ProMRI® trial. [More]
BIOTRONIK's Entovis pacemaker system gets FDA approval

BIOTRONIK's Entovis pacemaker system gets FDA approval

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for its Entovis pacemaker system with ProMRI technology. [More]
Boston Scientific presents new data on cardiology-related clinical trials at ACC 2014

Boston Scientific presents new data on cardiology-related clinical trials at ACC 2014

Reinforcing its position as a global leader in bringing new therapies to patients with heart and cardiovascular disease, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) reported favorable results in studies related to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), platinum chromium stent platforms and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). [More]
FDA approves expansion of BIOTRONIK's ongoing ProMRI trial

FDA approves expansion of BIOTRONIK's ongoing ProMRI trial

BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices, announced today that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the expansion of BIOTRONIK's ongoing ProMRI trial. The new phase of the trial (Phase C) will study the company's ProMRI technology in implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) devices. [More]
Sanford Hospital starts clinical trial to study dissolving device in patients with CAD

Sanford Hospital starts clinical trial to study dissolving device in patients with CAD

Sanford Heart Hospital has started a clinical trial to study a dissolving device in patients with coronary artery disease. The ABSORB III clinical trial will investigate the safety and effectiveness of the Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) device, manufactured by global health care company Abbott. [More]

Ceram-lead project to develop new biomaterials and new arterial stents awarded Euro 5.874M by the European Union

As co-ordinator of the European project ‘ReBioStent’, Ceram, the international materials technology company, is pleased to announce that the project, to develop new biomaterials and new arterial stents, has been awarded Euro 5.874M by the European Union. [More]
First commercial implant of Elixir's DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold performed in Germany

First commercial implant of Elixir's DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold performed in Germany

Marking a milestone in the evolution of fully-bioresorbable drug-eluting scaffolds for interventional cardiology, the first commercial implant of Elixir Medical's CE Mark-approved DESolve Novolimus Eluting Coronary Scaffold was performed in Germany by Professor Dr. med. Holger Nef, Head of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, University Hospital Giessen, Giessen, Germany. [More]
Equations help explain key parameters of stents that combat artherosclerosis

Equations help explain key parameters of stents that combat artherosclerosis

​Coronary heart disease accounts for 18% of deaths in the United States every year. The disease results from a blockage of one or more arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. [More]
The Medicines Company, Boston Scientific announce co-promotion agreement for Promus PREMIER stent system

The Medicines Company, Boston Scientific announce co-promotion agreement for Promus PREMIER stent system

Boston Scientific Corporation and The Medicines Company announce a co-promotion agreement for the Boston Scientific Promus PREMIER™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System. [More]

Svelte completes enrollment in drug-eluting coronary stent Integrated Delivery System study

Svelte Medical Systems today announced enrollment of the final patient in the DIRECT II (Direct Implantation of Rapamycin-Eluting stents with bioabsorbable drug Carrier Technology) clinical study. DIRECT II is a prospective, randomized study comparing the safety and efficacy of the Svelte drug-eluting coronary stent Integrated Delivery System (IDS) to the Medtronic Resolute Integrity drug-eluting stent in 159 patients at 19 investigative sites. [More]
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