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A stenosis is an abnormal narrowing in a blood vessel or other tubular organ or structure.
Health of 1 million over 65s at risk from low awareness of heart valve disease

Health of 1 million over 65s at risk from low awareness of heart valve disease

New research has revealed that the UK’s over 60s could seriously be jeopardising their health due to a lack of awareness of heart valve disease. [More]
Strategy choice impacts long-term mortality in bifurcation stenting

Strategy choice impacts long-term mortality in bifurcation stenting

Using a provisional rather than a planned two-stent strategy for coronary bifurcation stenting may halve long-term mortality, pooled study data show. [More]
Japanese surgeons develop new technique to relieve airway obstruction in children

Japanese surgeons develop new technique to relieve airway obstruction in children

Several pediatric medical conditions, such as congenital heart disease, vascular compression, and congenital softening of the cartilage lining the trachea or bronchi, can compromise the airway and cause breathing difficulty. [More]
Study estimates half of transcatheter heart valves undergo degeneration within 10 years

Study estimates half of transcatheter heart valves undergo degeneration within 10 years

Half of transcatheter heart valves may undergo degeneration within 10 years, according to estimates from the first study investigating the long-term durability of these valves in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) reported at EuroPCR 2016. [More]
RDAVR system improves survival of patients with severe aortic stenosis

RDAVR system improves survival of patients with severe aortic stenosis

When replacing a defective aortic valve with a new one, restoring function is the first priority. However, variables such as durability, length of surgery, duration of heart stoppage, size of the surgical incision, postoperative pain, and complications are other important considerations. [More]
Arterial switch to 12 o'clock position linked to myocardial ischaemia risk in adolescence

Arterial switch to 12 o'clock position linked to myocardial ischaemia risk in adolescence

Arterial switch to the 12 o'clock position is associated with abnormal coronary perfusion in adolescence, reveals research presented today at EuroCMR 2016.1 Babies born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) undergo the arterial switch operation in the first days of life. [More]
Moderate sedation leads to better clinical outcomes than general anesthesia for TAVR patients

Moderate sedation leads to better clinical outcomes than general anesthesia for TAVR patients

A new study finds the use of moderate sedation, in which patients do not need a breathing tube, leads to better clinical outcomes as compared to general anesthesia for patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). [More]
TAVR procedure could provide improved health outcomes for inoperable patients

TAVR procedure could provide improved health outcomes for inoperable patients

A novel procedure for heart valve replacement surgery could provide improved health outcomes for patients who cannot have open heart surgery, as well as being a cost effective alternative. [More]
Prompt attention may limit recurrence risk in TIA patients

Prompt attention may limit recurrence risk in TIA patients

Centres with procedures in place for the rapid assessment of patients with transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke achieve low recurrence rates in these patients, a multinational study shows. [More]

LivaNova announces first implant of Perceval sutureless valve in PERSIST-AVR trial

LivaNova, PLC, a global medical technology company, announced today the first implant of the Perceval sutureless valve in the PERSIST-AVR trial at CHU Brabois, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. [More]
Clinical study shows association between Corus CAD blood test scores and cardiovascular event rates

Clinical study shows association between Corus CAD blood test scores and cardiovascular event rates

CardioDx, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company specializing in cardiovascular genomics, announced today results from a genomic substudy of the NHLBI-funded Prospective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain (PROMISE) trial in nondiabetic patients receiving the Corus CAD blood test. [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]
Frequent TAVR to replace damaged aortic heart valve improves patient outcomes

Frequent TAVR to replace damaged aortic heart valve improves patient outcomes

The more frequently a hospital performs a minimally invasive technique called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, to replace a damaged aortic heart valve, the better patients fare, on average, immediately after the procedure, researchers reported at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Study: Age and gender affects prevalence of certain peripheral vascular diseases

Study: Age and gender affects prevalence of certain peripheral vascular diseases

New findings from large-scale studies of more than 3.6 million people who underwent screening for cardiovascular disease reveals that a person's age and gender affects the prevalence of certain types of peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and that diabetes is a major risk factor for developing these diseases, even in patients without heart disease. [More]
Patients undergoing mini-MVR have similar outcomes compared with conventional surgery

Patients undergoing mini-MVR have similar outcomes compared with conventional surgery

Patients undergoing minimally invasive mitral valve repair or replacement (mini-MVR) have similar outcomes as patients undergoing conventional surgery and also experience shorter hospital stays and fewer blood transfusions, according to an article posted online today by The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
St. Luke’s surgeon first in world to implant Medtronic’s new, MRI-compatible neurostimulator system

St. Luke’s surgeon first in world to implant Medtronic’s new, MRI-compatible neurostimulator system

Steven Falowski, MD, Chief of Functional Neurosurgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania today was the first surgeon in the world to implant Medtronic’s brand new, full-body, MRI-compatible paddle electrode leads for the Restore neurostimulator system. [More]
Edwards Lifesciences' SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve approved in Japan

Edwards Lifesciences' SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve approved in Japan

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare approved the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve for the treatment of patients suffering from severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis. [More]
Carotid stenting noninferior to surgery for asymptomatic patients

Carotid stenting noninferior to surgery for asymptomatic patients

The findings of the ACT 1 trial suggest that carotid artery stenting is just as effective as carotid endarterectomy in patients with asymptomatic stenosis. [More]
Vascular surgery safer than stenting for older patients with carotid stenosis

Vascular surgery safer than stenting for older patients with carotid stenosis

Vascular surgery appears to be safer than stenting for patients over 70 years of age with carotid stenosis, or a blockage of the carotid arteries in the neck, according to new findings published today in the Lancet. [More]
Best management unclear for patients needing carotid revascularisation

Best management unclear for patients needing carotid revascularisation

Research highlights the vulnerability of patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis to stroke while awaiting revascularisation. [More]
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