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A stenosis is an abnormal narrowing in a blood vessel or other tubular organ or structure.
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]
SIMnext introduces DR Doppler Dynamic Ultrasonography Training System

SIMnext introduces DR Doppler Dynamic Ultrasonography Training System

Health care professionals now have a new way of accessing ultrasound training in a mobile and affordable manner using the DR Doppler Dynamic Ultrasonography Training System (DR Doppler), a training tool from SIMnext, LLC, a medical simulation research and development company based in Peoria, Ill. [More]
New, personalized approach to detecting low back pain

New, personalized approach to detecting low back pain

Scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered a new, personalized approach to diagnosing low back pain. The findings from a clinical study show that serum levels of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) vary in individuals with lumbar intervertebral disc disease and that biochemical profiling of circulating cytokines may assist in refining personalized diagnoses of disc diseases. [More]
Scientists develop a method for cell replacement in diseased vessels

Scientists develop a method for cell replacement in diseased vessels

In industrialized countries, a particularly high number of people suffer from arteriosclerosis -- with fatal consequences: Deposits in the arteries lead to strokes and heart attacks. A team of researchers under the leadership of the University of Bonn has now developed a method for guiding replacement cells to diseased vascular segments using nanoparticles. [More]

Arterial grafts provide better outcomes than venous grafts in heart bypass surgery patients

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend expanding the use of arteries from the chest and forearm rather than using veins from the leg when performing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery in certain patients. The guidelines, posted online today, will appear in the February 2016 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Small-vessel disease has uncertain impact on large-vessel stenosis outcomes

Small-vessel disease has uncertain impact on large-vessel stenosis outcomes

Research shows that small-vessel disease is common among patients with intracranial arterial stenosis, but that its effect on stroke risk cannot be separated from the effect of associated risk factors. [More]
Ultrasound can help identify patients at increased risk of future stroke

Ultrasound can help identify patients at increased risk of future stroke

Ultrasound, a non-invasive technique commonly used to study the presence of atherosclerosis disease in blood vessels, can be used to identify patients at increased risk of future stroke who could benefit from surgery. Since surgical treatment to prevent stroke is only considered beneficial to some, ultrasound can prove useful in preventing unnecessary surgical intervention, new research at Umeå University in Sweden shows. [More]
Arterial imaging with 3-D MRI could help to determine stroke risk among diabetics

Arterial imaging with 3-D MRI could help to determine stroke risk among diabetics

People with diabetes may be harboring advanced vascular disease that could increase their risk of stroke, according to new research being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. [More]
MCG researchers explore how neurofibromatosis puts young patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

MCG researchers explore how neurofibromatosis puts young patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

It's a fairly common genetic condition that can surface as a series of dark skin spots and result in a host of maladies from tumors to premature cardiovascular disease. Medical College of Georgia researchers hope their studies of how neurofibromatosis 1, or NF1, can dangerously thicken or thin blood vessel walls will one day help physicians better identify and treat these young patients at cardiovascular risk. [More]
New treatment may help patients with chronic renovascular disease

New treatment may help patients with chronic renovascular disease

A new treatment may help patients with a chronic kidney condition that can also lead to heart problems and premature death, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). [More]
Edwards Lifesciences' net sales grow 1.3% to $615.5 million in third quarter 2015

Edwards Lifesciences' net sales grow 1.3% to $615.5 million in third quarter 2015

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. [More]
Big data and analytics expected to play major role in Singapore’s healthcare market

Big data and analytics expected to play major role in Singapore’s healthcare market

Continuous data collection for chronic illness management is crucial to deliver personalized care for patients. In the era of globalization, patients still do not have the right tools to collect and share their physiological information on a frequent, real time basis. [More]
LEADERS FREE clinical trial demonstrates superior safety, efficacy for BioFreedom compared with bare-metal stent

LEADERS FREE clinical trial demonstrates superior safety, efficacy for BioFreedom compared with bare-metal stent

Biosensors International Group, Ltd., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative medical devices, announced today that the LEADERS FREE clinical trial demonstrated superior safety and efficacy for BioFreedom compared with a bare-metal stent (BMS). [More]
Sorin Group initiates PERSIST-AVR trial to evaluate Perceval sutureless aortic valve against standard sutured bioprostheses

Sorin Group initiates PERSIST-AVR trial to evaluate Perceval sutureless aortic valve against standard sutured bioprostheses

Sorin Group, a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, today announced the initiation of PERSIST-AVR, the first international, prospective, post-market randomized multi-center trial evaluating the Perceval sutureless aortic valve compared to standard sutured bioprostheses in patients with aortic valve disease. [More]
Anti-coagulant medications quickly resolve blood clots that could impair valve motion

Anti-coagulant medications quickly resolve blood clots that could impair valve motion

Heart valve replacements made from tissue (bioprosthetic valves) have long been thought to be spared the complication of blood clot formation. Researchers have now found that about 15 percent of all bioprosthetic aortic heart valve patients develop blood clots on the leaflets affecting valve opening, regardless of whether the patient received the new valve via open-heart surgery or a minimally-invasive catheter procedure, a new study from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute shows. [More]
Non-invasive FFRCT test can reduce need for invasive tests in patients having chest pain

Non-invasive FFRCT test can reduce need for invasive tests in patients having chest pain

According to results of the PLATFORM (Prospective LongitudinAl Trial of FFRCT: Outcome and Resource Impacts) trial, a test known as FFRCT can obviate the need for invasive tests in up to 61% of patients who have chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease. [More]
Training session can improve cardiologists’ ability to detect basic and advanced murmurs

Training session can improve cardiologists’ ability to detect basic and advanced murmurs

Cardiologists failed to identify more than half of basic and about 35 percent of advanced pre-recorded murmurs, but skills improved after a 90 minute training session, according to research presented today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2015. [More]
Pie Medical Imaging receives 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership

Pie Medical Imaging receives 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership

Based on its recent analysis of the cardiovascular image management market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Pie Medical Imaging (PMI) with the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership. [More]

Elderly patients can benefit from new, minimally invasive surgery for aortic valve replacement

Select patients age 90 years and older with aortic stenosis (AS) can benefit from a relatively new, minimally invasive surgery for aortic valve replacement, according to an article in the September 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
PCR London Valves 2015 to focus on innovative transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease

PCR London Valves 2015 to focus on innovative transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease

For the first time in its 6-year history, PCR London Valves, the world's largest Course solely devoted to addressing the rapidly expanding and innovative field of transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease, will be taking place in Berlin, Germany, from the 20 to 22 of September 2015. [More]
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