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Gene therapy offers potential alternative to pacemakers

Gene therapy offers potential alternative to pacemakers

Researchers have developed a gene transplant procedure that can transform ordinary heart muscle cells into “biological pacemaker” cells that maintain heart rhythm. [More]
Self-competence seems to decrease quality of life for children living with cardiac pacemaker

Self-competence seems to decrease quality of life for children living with cardiac pacemaker

For children and teens living with a cardiac pacemaker, a low sense of self-competence seems to contribute to decreased quality of life, reports a study in the July Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. [More]
Cook Medical’s Evolution® RL Lead Extraction Products reintroduced to the US market

Cook Medical’s Evolution® RL Lead Extraction Products reintroduced to the US market

Effective immediately, Cook Medical customers in the United States will again have access to its Evolution® RL and Evolution® Shortie RL Controlled-Rotation Dilator Sheath Sets. Distribution of these products within the U.S. market was suspended for two months while Cook’s Lead Management clinical division worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to resolve agency questions about the marketing clearance of these products. The devices, which remained available in Europe and other markets, were not recalled by FDA. [More]
Researchers develop self-powered artificial cardiac pacemaker

Researchers develop self-powered artificial cardiac pacemaker

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. [More]
Huntington Memorial Hospital patient implanted with tiny, leadless cardiac pacemaker

Huntington Memorial Hospital patient implanted with tiny, leadless cardiac pacemaker

A Huntington Memorial Hospital patient has become the first patient in the San Gabriel Valley to be implanted with a tiny, leadless cardiac pacemaker. Developed for patients with bradycardia - a heart rate that is too slow - the Nanostim device is designed to be placed directly in a patient's heart without the visible lump, scar and insulated wires (called leads) required for conventional pacemakers. [More]
Cardiac Lead Extraction celebrates 25-Year anniversary at Cardiostim

Cardiac Lead Extraction celebrates 25-Year anniversary at Cardiostim

A quarter century ago, doctors treating patients with implanted cardiac pacemakers had a big problem. Their patients were outliving the complex electrical devices that gave them an acceptable quality of life. [More]
Stress may accelerate cognitive decline later in life

Stress may accelerate cognitive decline later in life

A new study published in the June 18 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience adds to a body of evidence suggesting stress may accelerate cognitive decline later in life. [More]
ARIAD reports data from Iclusig Phase 2 trial in adult patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors

ARIAD reports data from Iclusig Phase 2 trial in adult patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced, for the first time, data from its Phase 2 trial of Iclusig (ponatinib) in adult patients with refractory metastatic and/or unresectable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). [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]
NYU Langone Medical Center implants RNS device in brain for patients with epilepsy

NYU Langone Medical Center implants RNS device in brain for patients with epilepsy

NYU Langone Medical Center last month became the first hospital outside of a clinical trial site to implant a pacemaker-like device in the brain that may be a game-changer for patients with epilepsy. [More]
Implantable system improves sleep and heart function without mask

Implantable system improves sleep and heart function without mask

A novel device implanted under the skin like a pacemaker successfully treats central sleep apnoea (CSA) in heart failure patients, according to research presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece. [More]
New study sheds light on why athletes are more likely to have abnormal heart rhythms

New study sheds light on why athletes are more likely to have abnormal heart rhythms

A new study by The University of Manchester has shed light on why athletes are more likely to have abnormal heart rhythms. [More]
Leadless pacemaker technology shows promising performance after 12 months

Leadless pacemaker technology shows promising performance after 12 months

Vivek Reddy, MD, Director of Arrhythmia Services for The Mount Sinai Hospital, reported his promising12-month follow-up data showing the world's first leadless pacemaker is demonstrating overall device performance comparable to conventional pacemakers. Dr. Reddy presented the one-year LEADLESS study data findings during his late-breaking clinical trial presentation on May 9 at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society's 35th Annual Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, CA. [More]

St. Jude Medical presents new data on quadripolar technology at Heart Rhythm 2014

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, is the leader in quadripolar technology with the only cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) system approved in the U.S. New data presented at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions, demonstrates increased survival, improved clinical outcomes and better cost utilization with St. Jude Medical's quadripolar technology. [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]
Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital docs implanted smallest heart pacemaker in Columbus woman

Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital docs implanted smallest heart pacemaker in Columbus woman

It's about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. [More]
Cook Medical's Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip now available to gastroenterologists

Cook Medical's Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip now available to gastroenterologists

The Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip is now available to gastroenterologists in major global markets. The clip is used to stop gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding, which is a condition that can be challenging to treat because of the variations among bleeds. [More]

St. Jude Medical's net sales increase 2% in first quarter 2014

St. Jude Medical, Inc. today reported sales and net earnings for the first quarter ended March 29, 2014. [More]
UCL scientists find new way to artificially control paralyzed muscles using light

UCL scientists find new way to artificially control paralyzed muscles using light

​A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralysed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists at UCL and King's College London. [More]
Study compares two types of heart valve technologies

Study compares two types of heart valve technologies

Among patients undergoing aortic valve replacement using a catheter tube, a comparison of two types of heart valve technologies, balloon-expandable or self-expandable valve systems, found a greater rate of device success with the balloon-expandable valve, according to a JAMA study released online to coincide with presentation at the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions. [More]