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FDA Approves Right Percutaneous Single Access Heart Pump (29 Jan 2015)

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Abiomed has announced that it received FDA approval for its Impella RP System, the first percutaneous single access heart pump that provides support to the right side of the heart. The approval, under a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE), is based on results of the single-arm Recover Right study, in which 30 patients were enrolled. The…

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Measuring FFR During Cardiac Cath: Time to Go with the Flow? (26 Jan 2015)

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John Ryan, MD

Is fractional flow reserve being overused, underused, or neither?

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New Device to Lower Resistant Hypertension Shows Early Promise (22 Jan 2015)

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A novel implantable device appears to show early promise in the treatment of resistant hypertension. The “Coupler” device from ROX Medical is about the size of a paper clip and is delivered via a catheter to the upper thigh, where it creates an anastomosis between the distal external iliac vein and artery, thereby mechanically lowering…

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FDA Approves New Drug-Coated Balloon to Open Blocked Leg Arteries (5 Jan 2015)

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Medtronic said today that it had received approval from the FDA to market its IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB) to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the superficial femoral and popliteal arteries. The device is the second DCB to gain FDA approval. Last October the FDA approved CR Bard’s Lutonix DCB for a similar indication. The new DCB uses the anti-proliferative drug…

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An Examination of MR CLEAN (24 Dec 2014)

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Rory J Spiegel, MD

Rory Spiegel examines why the MR CLEAN trial of interventional therapy for acute ischemic stroke succeeded where its predecessors failed.

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Dutch Trial Gives Support to Thrombectomy for Ischemic Stroke (17 Dec 2014)

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A large new trial provides the first substantial evidence that thrombectomy may be beneficial in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Previous thromboectomy trials have been disappointing; some experts have speculated this may be due to the use of early-generation devices, long treatment delays, and difficulties in recruiting suitable patients into the trials. The Multicenter Randomized…

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The Latest on Culprit-Vessel vs. Multivessel Primary PCI for STEMI (15 Dec 2014)

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Bilal Iqbal, MBBS MRCP PhD and CardioExchange Editors, Staff

We interview Bilal Iqbal about his real-world observational analysis of culprit-vessel vs. multivessel intervention at the time of primary PCI for STEMI.

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Triple-Vessel Disease in an Asymptomatic Man: CABG, PCI, or Medical Management? (11 Dec 2014)

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Amit Shah, MD, MSCR and James Fang, MD

Amit Shah presents the case of a 66-year-old, physically active, nondiabetic man with no symptoms who was tested for coronary artery calcium and received an unexpectedly high score.

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FDA Approves New Noninvasive FFR Technology (28 Nov 2014)

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The FDA said Wednesday that it had granted approval to a novel technology that noninvasively measures fractional flow reserve (FFR) using data obtained from a CT scan of the heart. In recent years a catheter-based form of FFR has been used by interventional cardiologists during catheterization procedures to measure the pressure gradient in partially blocked…

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Resolving the Questions About Door-to-Balloon Times (26 Nov 2014)

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Brahmajee Kartik Nallamothu, MD, MPH

Brahmajee K. Nallamothu discusses his research group’s retrospective study of changes, over time, in the relation between door-to-balloon times and mortality after primary PCI.