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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]

Cardinal Health agrees to acquire AccessClosure for $320 million

Cardinal Health today announced an agreement to acquire privately held AccessClosure Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of extravascular closure devices in the United States, for $320 million. Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances, the all-cash transaction is expected to close by early June 2014. [More]
Mechanical circulatory assist device may have untapped potential in heart surgery patients, say physicians

Mechanical circulatory assist device may have untapped potential in heart surgery patients, say physicians

The most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist device in the world may have untapped potential, physicians say. [More]

AccessClosure commercially launches Mynx Ace Vascular Closure Device

AccessClosure Inc., the market leader in extravascular care technology, has commercially launched its Mynx Ace Vascular Closure Device, a safe and secure vascular closure product that provides consistent results with a new, easy-to-use deployment system to seal femoral artery access sites. [More]
CSI's new Diamondback Peripheral 60cm systems receive FDA clearance for PAD treatment

CSI's new Diamondback Peripheral 60cm systems receive FDA clearance for PAD treatment

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., announced today it has received FDA clearance of its new Diamondback 360 60cm Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Systems (OAS) for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). [More]
Report highlights benefits of different access approach to treat uterine fibroids

Report highlights benefits of different access approach to treat uterine fibroids

Interventional radiologists have devised a new way to access a woman's fibroids-by flipping her wrist and treating via an arm not groin artery-to nonsurgically shrink noncancerous growths in the muscular wall of the uterus. Researchers found this to be less painful and traumatic for women, allowing them to immediately sit up and move after uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)-with no overnight stay, according to a March article in the Society of Interventional Radiology's flagship publication, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. [More]

Loyola surgeon successfully performs operation on patient suffering from rare disorder

Jarely Sanchez is an affectionate, energetic little girl who loves ballet. "Everyone she meets, she connects with," said her father, Jose Angel Ulloa. "She's like a magnet." But for more than a week, the three-year-old girl wasn't herself. [More]

Zilver PTX randomized trial of paclitaxel-eluting stents for femoropopliteal disease demonstrates superior results

Four-year results of the Zilver PTX Randomized Controlled Trial of Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents for Femoropopliteal Disease continue to demonstrate consistent, superior results when compared to bare metal stents (BMS) and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in terms of primary patency, restenosis reduction and revascularization rates. [More]

BIDMC receives FDA approval to use new medical device in patients with severely damaged aortic heart valves

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) yesterday became the first institution in the United States to use a new minimally invasive medical device since it received FDA approval last week. [More]
FDA grants indication for GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis to treat thrombotic occlusion

FDA grants indication for GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis to treat thrombotic occlusion

W. L. Gore & Associates today announced that the Food and Drug Administration has granted indication for the GORE VIABAHN Endoprosthesis to treat stenosis or thrombotic occlusion at the venous anastomosis of synthetic arteriovenous access grafts. [More]

New strategy for emergency anticoagulant treatment for patients with myocardial infarction

A new strategy for emergency anticoagulant treatment for patients with acute myocardial infarction has been put in place by a team led by Philippe-Gabriel Steg at Inserm Unit 698 (Haemostasis, Bioengineering, Immunopathology and Cardiovascular Remodelling), at H-pital Bichat, AP-HP, Universit- Paris Diderot). [More]

Wrist artery for coronary angioplasty may benefit women at high risk of blood loss

For women who are at high risk of blood loss, using an artery in the wrist may be better than the groin for routing a stent to the heart during coronary angioplasty, according to researchers at Duke Medicine. [More]

Auckland physician performs first patient implant of Boston Scientific Innova DES System

Launching a key clinical trial expected to serve as the foundation for global regulatory approvals, a physician in Auckland, New Zealand has performed the first patient implant of the Boston Scientific Corporation Innova Drug-Eluting Stent System. [More]

FDA approves revised labeling for Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved revised labeling for the Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve, making the device available to an expanded group of patients who have inoperable aortic valve stenosis, a disease of the heart valves that causes narrowing of the aortic valve, restricting blood flow from the heart. [More]

New technique use finger's pulse to measure stiffness in aorta

A University of Iowa physiologist has a new technique to measure the stiffness of the aorta, a common risk factor for heart disease. And it can be as simple as measuring the pulse in your finger. [More]

Enrollment completed for Cook Medical’s study of tibiopedal access technique for treating PAD

Cook Medical has completed patient enrollment in a study evaluating a technique for achieving vascular access via below-the-knee arteries. The new access technique could be used in treating peripheral arterial disease, including patients with critical limb ischemia. [More]

Study may allow more patients to benefit from transcatheter aortic valve replacement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has launched an investigational study with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that may allow more patients to benefit from transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure that delivers a replacement heart valve via a catheter. [More]

New treatment option for patients with aortic stenosis

Robert Stoler, MD, FACC, FSCAI, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and co-medical director, Division of Cardiology, is leading Baylor's participation in an exciting clinical trial to research a new treatment option for AS patients. [More]

Endovascular stroke therapy should be limited to use within clinical trials, say physicians

Devices snaked into the brain artery of a patient experiencing a stroke that either snatch and remove the offending clot or pump a dissolving drug into the blockage should primarily be used within a clinical trial setting, say a team of vascular neurologists at Mayo Clinic in Florida. [More]

CardioKinetix reports meta-analysis study results of Parachute Ventricular Partitioning Device

CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart failure, today announced results of a meta-analysis study of the first-of-its-kind catheter-based Parachute Ventricular Partitioning Device. Six-month clinical results from 91 U.S. and European patients with ischemic heart failure were presented at the 2013 EuroPCR Conference in Paris by Dr. Martyn Thomas, M.D., chairman of Cardiology at St. Thomas Hospital in London, England. [More]