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New technology allows for safer, more precise removal of plaque during atherectomy procedure

New technology allows for safer, more precise removal of plaque during atherectomy procedure

Rush Oak Park Hospital is the first hospital in the surrounding area to acquire and use a newly approved technology that allows vascular surgeons to see in real-time the plaque they are removing during an atherectomy, a minimally invasive procedure that helps treat peripheral artery disease (PAD). [More]
Study evaluates long-term outcomes of TAVR with SAPIEN 3 in intermediate-risk patients

Study evaluates long-term outcomes of TAVR with SAPIEN 3 in intermediate-risk patients

To account for baseline differences, TAVR patients were compared by a propensity score analysis with patients randomized to receive surgical intervention in a precursor study, PARTNER 2A. Propensity scoring analysis is a statistical technique used to reduce bias from potential confounding variables, which in this case was used to identify surgical patients from a previous study who would be comparable to TAVR patients in this study. [More]
Prostatic artery embolization improves sleep, quality of life for men with enlarged prostates

Prostatic artery embolization improves sleep, quality of life for men with enlarged prostates

An innovative interventional radiology treatment for men with enlarged prostates decreases the number of times they wake to urinate in the night, according to research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting. Researchers said the majority of men with enlarged prostates and lower urinary tract symptoms reported better sleep that resulted in an improved quality of life after they underwent a treatment called prostatic artery embolization (PAE). [More]
Miriam Hospital enrolling local participants for Parachute implant clinical trial to treat heart failure

Miriam Hospital enrolling local participants for Parachute implant clinical trial to treat heart failure

The Miriam Hospital is actively recruiting local participants for a U.S. clinical trial of the Parachute device for treating heart failure. The study is focused on determining if the new minimally invasive catheter-based device can slow the progression of heart failure, reduce repeat hospitalizations and death, and significantly improve quality of life for patients who experience enlargement of the left ventricle after a heart attack. [More]
Liposomal sizing and the Coulter principle: an interview with Professor Melvin E. Klegerman

Liposomal sizing and the Coulter principle: an interview with Professor Melvin E. Klegerman

For about the last 25 years, the cardiology group here have been developing a platform technology for both the diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis. The group began at Northwestern University, Chicago, under the direction of Dr. David McPherson and he continues to lead the group. [More]
Boston Scientific receives FDA approval for Innova Vascular Self-Expanding Stent System

Boston Scientific receives FDA approval for Innova Vascular Self-Expanding Stent System

Boston Scientific Corporation has received Food and Drug Administration approval for the Innova Vascular Self-Expanding Stent System, an advanced treatment option for patients with narrowing or blockages in the superficial femoral artery (SFA) or proximal popliteal artery (PPA). [More]
Less invasive endovascular aortic repair benefits most patients, provides quick recovery

Less invasive endovascular aortic repair benefits most patients, provides quick recovery

Each year, nearly 40,000 Americans undergo elective surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm with the goal of preventing a life-threatening rupture of this potentially dangerous cardiovascular condition. [More]
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]
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]
New injectable polymer could strengthen blood clots

New injectable polymer could strengthen blood clots

Most military battlefield casualties die before ever reaching a surgical hospital. Of those soldiers who might potentially survive, most die from uncontrolled bleeding. [More]
Breakthrough treatment option for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia

Breakthrough treatment option for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia

Men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate is enlarged but not cancerous, have a new, breakthrough treatment option that is less invasive and has fewer complications than other minimally invasive treatments, such as transurethral resection of the prostate and surgical options, according to research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting. [More]

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]
Treatment for stroke: Intra-arterial treatment more effective than standard medical care for clot removal

Treatment for stroke: Intra-arterial treatment more effective than standard medical care for clot removal

Study results released today in The New England Journal of Medicine gave the world of stroke care more evidence that physicians are winning the battle against this debilitating disease, which affects as many as one in six people. [More]
5-minute walks can reverse harm caused to leg arteries from prolonged sitting

5-minute walks can reverse harm caused to leg arteries from prolonged sitting

An Indiana University study has found that three easy -- one could even say slow -- 5-minute walks can reverse harm caused to leg arteries during three hours of prolonged sitting. [More]
Regional anesthesia technique allows majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery

Regional anesthesia technique allows majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery

A recent study of an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique, called femoral nerve block, shows that it leads to less opioid use and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. [More]

Incisionless TAVR surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30%

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin. [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]
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]
Men advised to take proactive approach to prevent hernia

Men advised to take proactive approach to prevent hernia

As the preeminent hernia specialist in the Western United States, Dr. Shirin Towfigh has diagnosed and treated a number of patients through incisional hernia surgery and other cutting-edge techniques. [More]

Cook Medical introduces Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent in Canada

Cook Medical launched its Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent in Canada at the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association (CIRA) meeting in Montreal, Canada. It's the first drug-coated stent in Canada indicated to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the superficial femoral artery (SFA). [More]
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