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A stenosis is an abnormal narrowing in a blood vessel or other tubular organ or structure.
U-M implants CoreValve Evolut R System in patients with severe aortic stenosis

U-M implants CoreValve Evolut R System in patients with severe aortic stenosis

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is one of the first hospitals in the country to implant Medtronic's new investigational device during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). [More]
CVRx Barostim neo System receives CE Mark approval from NSAI for treatment of heart failure

CVRx Barostim neo System receives CE Mark approval from NSAI for treatment of heart failure

CVRx, Inc., a private medical device company, announced today it received CE Mark approval from the National Standards Authority of Ireland of the Barostim neo System for the treatment of heart failure. [More]
FDA approves Epaned for treatment of symptomatic and asymptomatic heart failure

FDA approves Epaned for treatment of symptomatic and asymptomatic heart failure

Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc., focused on the development and commercialization of innovative and safe medicines for children, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Epaned for the treatment of symptomatic heart failure and the treatment of asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction (to decrease the rate of development of overt heart failure and to reduce hospitalization for heart failure). [More]
FFR guided drug-eluting stenting reduces death compared to medical therapy in stable CAD patients

FFR guided drug-eluting stenting reduces death compared to medical therapy in stable CAD patients

Fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided drug-eluting stenting reduces death, myocardial infarction or urgent revascularisation, as compared to medical therapy in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD), according to the results of the FAME 2 trial presented for the first time today at ESC Congress by principal investigator Dr Bernard De Bruyne (Belgium). [More]
Measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help avoid surgery

Measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help avoid surgery

A method for measuring coronary artery blockage in heart attack patients can help more than one fifth of them avoid stents or surgery, according to a British study presented at the ESC Congress 2014 today. [More]

Local anaesthetic is safe, effective for transcatheter aortic valve implantation

Local anaesthetic is as safe and effective for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) as general anaesthetic, according to results of the FRANCE 2 registry presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Romain Chopard from France. [More]
Doctor offers four important benefits of laser back surgery

Doctor offers four important benefits of laser back surgery

The spinal column is one of the most delicate and essential areas of the human body. Signals carried to and from the brain through the column control many key functions of our motor skills and nervous system. [More]
Royal Philips receives 510(k) clearance from FDA for TAVI treatments

Royal Philips receives 510(k) clearance from FDA for TAVI treatments

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market its precision planning application for Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Implantation (TAVI) treatments. [More]
Study could pave way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis

Study could pave way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis

A recent Finnish study could pave the way for preventing brain and cardiac ischemia induced by atherosclerosis. Finnish researchers have found that the low-expression variant of fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4), which is particularly common among Finns, reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. [More]
Incisionless TAVR surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30%

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]
Boston Scientific gains CE Mark, begins European commercial launch of 25 mm Lotus TAVI System

Boston Scientific gains CE Mark, begins European commercial launch of 25 mm Lotus TAVI System

Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark and begun the European commercial launch of its new 25 mm Lotus Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System, complementing the currently available 23 mm and 27 mm valve sizes. [More]
Doctors offer new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart

Doctors offer new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart

Doctors at the Orlando Health Heart Institute are offering a new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart valves who are considered to be at high risk to undergo surgery. Orlando Health is the only hospital in Orlando currently offering the Medtronic CoreValve® System. [More]
Research roundup: 20M gain insurance, coverage's effect on surgery choices; opioid use by service members

Research roundup: 20M gain insurance, coverage's effect on surgery choices; opioid use by service members

This report aims to help readers understand recently announced enrollment numbers, as well as other numbers that have received less attention, and assess their importance for the future of the ACA and our health care system. . [More]
St. Mary's Medical Center honored with Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award

St. Mary's Medical Center honored with Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. [More]
MRI findings rarely associated with spine-related symptoms

MRI findings rarely associated with spine-related symptoms

Incidental magnetic resonance imaging findings are not generally associated with the development of chronic low back pain or radicular symptoms, US study findings indicate. [More]
Comparative study shows ultrasonic Bonescalpel makes spine surgery safe, efficient

Comparative study shows ultrasonic Bonescalpel makes spine surgery safe, efficient

Misonix, Inc., an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull-based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and other surgical applications, announced that Dr. Ajay Krishnan of the prestigious Stavya Spine Hospital and Research Center in India concluded after a comparative study in 100 consecutive patients that the BoneScalpel is better than conventional methods in terms of safety and efficacy as it reduces the number of dural tears and neurological deficit, reduces blood loss and shortens operating time. [More]
Delays in receiving TAVR for severe aortic stenosis could impact effectiveness of treatment

Delays in receiving TAVR for severe aortic stenosis could impact effectiveness of treatment

Severe aortic stenosis (AS) has a grave prognosis with 25-50% of patients dying within a year once symptoms develop. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) represents a paradigm shift in the therapeutic options for these patients. [More]
Cerenis’ SAMBA and MODE Phase II Studies Meet Primary Endpoints for Treatment of FPHA, HoFH

Cerenis’ SAMBA and MODE Phase II Studies Meet Primary Endpoints for Treatment of FPHA, HoFH

Cerenis Therapeutics, the biopharmaceutical company, today announced that two of its Phase II studies, SAMBA and MODE (Modifying Orphan Disease Evaluation), with CER-001, an engineered human apoA-I-containing pre-β HDL mimetic, met their primary clinical endpoints in patients with Familial Primary Hypoalphalipoproteinemia (FPHA) and Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (HoFH), respectively. [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]

Minimally invasive TAVR procedure saves more lives than open-heart surgery, shows study

For the first time, a minimally invasive transcatheter valve - tested by Baylor Research Institute in Dallas (BRI) - has been shown to save more lives than open-heart surgery, according to new research revealed at the American College of Cardiology's 2014 Scientific Sessions and published in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]