Cardiology news

Opinion: In cardiology, Big Data covers the ‘whole’ patient
Jeroen Tas, CEO Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services, Philips Healthcare
This week’s ESC Congress in Barcelona has a lot of people buzzing about the latest innovation and research in the field of cardiology. From my vantage point, I’m most excited to see how Big Data is being put to work to change the face of cardiac care. 29 Aug 2014

Remote monitoring of heart failure patients via implants halves mortality
BIOTRONIK has announced that a clinical trial of its implant-based remote monitoring system has lead to significant clinical benefits for heart failure patients.

Gecko Biomedical's Maria Pereira named as MIT Technology Review Innovator
Gecko Biomedical has announced that its Head of Adhesive Technologies has been named as one of MIT Technology Review's “35 Innovators Under 35” for 2014 for the development of a wound healing glue for heart surgery. 19 Aug 2014

New technique tests heart drugs on live beating heart tissue samples
A researcher at Coventry University has developed a new way to test the effect of drugs on the heart by using samples of heart tissue stimulated to beat by electrical impulses. 21 Jul 2014

Edwards Lifesciences reports good outcomes for Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic heart valve
Edwards Lifesciences has released clinical trials data on its most advanced transcatheter aortic heart valve, the Sapien 3. Results from the trial concluded that outcomes at 30 days were excellent. 

British Cardiovascular Society launches app to calculate heart age
The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) has launched an app to calculate risk of heart attack or stroke and estimate heart age compared to the average equivalent person.

Nottingham University develops hydrogel for growing heart tissue from stem cells
A multidisciplinary team at Nottingham University has developed a new hydrogel that could simplify the production of stem cells and their differentiation into specific tissues for use in regenerative medicine. 15 April 2014

Boston Scientific's REBEL coronary stent system receives CE mark
The REBEL Platinum Chromium Coronary Stent System is the company's latest generation bare metal stent for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). 13 Mar 2014

EuroHeart II project shows €196bn annual cost of cardiovascular disease in Europe
The EU-funded EuroHeart II Project  was completed at the end of February after three years of research into current cardiovascular disease trends and analysis of EU-wide CVD prevention policies. 4 March 2014

High blood pressure is an epidemic as devastating as HIV
The response of most governments and international aid agencies to high blood pressure, or hypertension, is little better than the reaction to HIV/AIDS 20 years ago — too little too late — according to an editorial in the International Journal of Epidemiology. 4 March 2014

High blood pressure is an epidemic as devastating as HIV
New research shows that a 10mm Hg difference in blood pressure between arms indicates a significant increased risk for future cardiovascular events. 4 March 2014

Nottingham University Hospitals redesign pathway for heart valve disease patients
Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, has selected a specialist Valve Clinic system from McKesson to redesign the treatment pathway for patients with cardiac valve disease. 28 Feb 2014

Cardio3 BioSciences receives €4.0m investment for commercialisation of C-Cathez
Cardiac technology company Cardio3 BioSciences SA has received €4.0 million of funding from the Walloon Region of Belgium to commercialise its C-Cathez intra myocardial injection catheter in the US. 18 Feb 2014

Beating heart muscle created from embryonic stem cells
An international team led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US has generated cardiac muscle tissue from human embryonic stem cells with remarkable similarities to native heart muscle, including the ability to beat. 5 Feb 2014

Sheffield patient receives pioneering kidney treatment for high blood pressure
A patient at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first in the world to have pioneering renal denervation therapy to reduce high blood pressure. in a kidney patient whose blood pressure could not be controlled with conventional medication. 4 Feb 2014

First UK patient receives Nanostim pacemaker implanted in heart through femoral vein
St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London has implanted the first patient in the UK with the St Jude Medical Nanostim leadless pacemaker. 28 Jan 2014

Trinity Biotech exhibits cardiac diagnostics point-of-care system at MEDICA
Trinity Biotech is displaying its new 15-minute-analysis Meritas Troponin I (TnI) point-of-care test in Dusseldorf this week. 20 Nov 2013

Aerotel showcases smallest hand-held ECG monitors at MEDICA
Aerotel Medical Systems is presenting two new models of what it claims are the world’s smallest and most accurate hand-held ECG monitors at Medica 2013. 20 Nov 2013

Caution urged on taking daily doses of aspirin for heart benefits
Researchers at Warwick Medical School have published the most comprehensive review of the benefits and risks of a daily dose of prophylactic aspirin. They warn that further research is needed. 14 Nov 2013

Foetal heart monitor uses magnetism to identify abnormal heart rhythms
A device that records the natural magnetic activity of the heart of foetuses can help identify abnormal heart rhythms in unborn babies. 14 Nov 2013

Why does lack of sleep increase risk of diabetes, heart disease and asthma?
University of Helsinki researchers have discovered new biological links between sleep loss and the immune system. The results help explain why sleep deprivation increases the risk of inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma. 11 Nov 2013

Free-floating 3D holograms of heart used to guide heart surgery
Royal Philips and RealView Imaging Ltd have completed a pilot study that has demonstrated the feasibility of using a live 3D hologram with interactive technology to guide minimally-invasive heart surgery. 31 Oct 2013

3D-printed tubular pump provides alternative to heart transplant
A custom-designed tubular pump for implanting into the aortic artery to support a failing heart is being developed by researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. 11 Sept 2013

Philips image guidance system reduces radiation in cardiac catheterisation
A clinical study using Philips’ AlluraClarity system with ClarityIQ technology has achieved a 50% reduction in X-ray dose while maintaining image quality for image-guided cardiac interventions. 29 May 2013

Paper thin transistor measures heart health
A postage-stamp-sized heart monitor developed at Stanford University is thin enough to be worn under a plaster on the wrist and is sensitive enough to help diagnose cardiovascular problems. 28 May 2013

UK doctors lagging behind Europe in use of online cardiology training tool
Young UK doctors are lagging in their uptake of eduCAD, an online tool for learning the appropriate use of multi modal imaging technology in cardiology, according to co-developer GE Healthcare. 15 May 2013

Philips announces completion of patient enrolment in therapeutic hypothermia study
Patient enrollment has been completed for the CHILL-MI clinical study designed to further evaluate the Philips' InnerCool RTx endovascular cooling system in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). 10 May 2013

Subclinical overactive thyroid associated with increased mortality
Having high thyroid activity, and even “high-normal” levels, is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. 1 May 2013

Plessey Semiconductors expands distribution network in Asia
Plessey and Supreme Components Inc (SCI) have signed a distribution agreement for the Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam markets. 20 Mar 2013

Atlas of the average human heart created from 3D CT images
Researchers at Pompeu Fabra University in Spain have created a high resolution atlas of the human heart by using statistical analysis of  3D images taken from 138 people. 6 Mar 2013

Cholesterol levels regulated by gut bacteria
The metabolism of cholesterol in the human body is regulated by bacteria in the small intestine, according to research at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 24 Feb 2013

Disruption of body clock linked to diabietes, obesity and heart disease
For the first time a study has shown that insulin production follows the body’s circadian rhythm and disruption of this can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. 24 Feb 2013

Philips introduces advanced imaging integration for EP navigator
This has a novel approach to 3D rotational angiography that provides real-time anatomical details of cardiac LA-PV structures with significantly enhanced workflow. 30 Jan 2013

First patient treated in trial of Boston Scientific's Blazer temperature ablation catheter
The first patient has been treated in the ZERO AF clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the catheter in patients with symptomatic, drug refractory paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. 23 Jan 2013

Philips wins contract to supply defibrillators to KLM and Air France
Philips will equip all KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France passenger flights with its HeartStart automated external defibrillators (AEDs). 30 Nov 2012

Boston Scientific defibrillators receive CE Mark for extended longevity
Boston Scientific has received CE Mark for its Incepta, Energen, Punctua, Cognis and Teligen ICDs and CRT-Ds. 21 Nov 2012

phenox receives CE Mark approval for brain embolisation device
The phenox p64 flow modulation device is an intraluminal flow diverter intended to treat complex intracranial aneurysms and dissections. 6 Nov 2012

Blood pressure app for finding best treatments for hypertension
bpSalsa is an iPhone app that compares the performance of different blood pressure treatments to help improve the efficiency and cost of treating hypertension. 24 Oct 2012

Biotronik launches implantable BioMonitor for monitoring arrhythmias
BioMonitor is an implantable cardiac device designed for the highly accurate and reliable monitoring and management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or unexplained syncope. 18 Oct 2012

Diabetics with foot ulcers have higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death
The researchers say the findings of this large scale study highlight the potential need for improved detection and management of those with diabetes and foot ulcers. 16 October 2012

Sitting for long periods increases risk of diabetes, heart disease and death
A review of research has discovered that sitting for long periods increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death even if you meet typical physical activity guidelines. 16 Oct 2012

Philips donates millionth AED in US
Philips will donate its one-millionth HeartStart AED to help communities combat the potentially fatal effects of sudden cardiac arrest. 19 Sept 2012

Cardiac cells generated from stem cells using carbon nanotubes
The electrical stimulation of carbon nanotubes can direct stem cells to form cardiac cells. The technique could give the ability to repair damaged heart muscle, which has little natural repair capacity. 19 Sept 2012

Boston Scientific expands cardiology portfolio with acquisition of BridgePoint Medical
BridgePoint Medical is a privately held company that has developed a catheter-based system to treat coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs). 20 Sept 2012

ESC launches ICD for Life initiative
The European Society of Cardiology  is raising awareness of the the importance of ICDs and sudden cardiac death in Central and Eastern Europe through ICD for Life. 10 Sept 2012

Novel mRNA blood test can show which heart failure patients will benefit from ICD
A novel blood test for changes in messenger RNA that predict sudden death risk in heart failure patients is set to help physicians decide which patients would benefit from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICDs). 28 Aug 2012

First international consensus on cardiac resynchronization therapy in heart failure
The 2012 Expert Consensus Statement on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) in Heart Failure: Implant and Follow-up Recommendations and Management, will be published in the US and European heart rhythm journals EP Europace and HeartRhythm. 28 Aug 2012

University of Leicester receives £7m donation for new biomarker facility
The donation from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation will help pave the way for a new era of ‘personalised medicine’ enabling the University to create a facility that is unique in the UK and that can compete globally. 21 Aug 2012

Heart cells rejuvenated by enhancing telomerase in cardiac stem cells
Damaged and aged heart tissue of older heart failure patients can be rejuvenated by modified stem cells.  26 July 2012

Sorin and Orange launch remote monitoring solution for ICDs in Europe
Smartview is a remote monitoring system for patients with implanted cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices and is available in several countries in Europe. 27 June 2012

Endosense force-sensing ablation catheter gains CE mark
The TactiCath Quartz force-sensing ablation catheter has been CE mark approved and the first cases using the new device have been performed in Europe. 27 June 2012

TLT secures new research collaboration with leading UK universities
Tarilian Laser Technologies has formed a new clinical research consortium with The William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) at Queen Mary, University of London, which will also involve Imperial College, Oxford University and Barts Health NHS Trust. 22 June 2012

Plessey launches ultra-low cost version of EPIC sensor
Plessey Semiconductors has released an ultra-low cost version of its award-winning EPIC sensor that provides remote electric field sensing for high volume consumer markets. 15 June 2012

Boston Scientific completes acquisition of Cameron Health
The acquisition of San Clemente-based Cameron Health, Inc adds the company's subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator, the S-ICD System, to Boston Scientific's portfolio. 11 May 2012

Patients' skin cells turned into heart muscle cells to repair damaged hearts
For the first time skin cells from heart failure patients have been reprogrammed into healthy, new heart muscle cells that are capable of integrating with existing heart tissue.  25 May 2012

RESPeRATE electronic device for lowering blood pressure available on prescription
The patient listens to a melody through headphones, and synchronises breathing to guiding tones that help the patient move into a therapeutic zone of less than 10 breaths per minute. 30 Apr 2012

Europe’s biggest blood pressure conference in London April 26-29
The 22nd Scientific Meeting of the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) will take place at ICC Excel London. 25 Apr 2012

New blood test predicts heart attack risk
A new blood test to detect misshapen blood vessel cells may be useful in helping doctors predict who is at risk of an imminent heart attack. 26 Mar 2012

New gel could repair damaged heart after heart attack
An injectable gel containing freeze-dried powdered heart cells could be an effective and safe treatment to repair heart tissue damage caused by heart attacks. 18 Mar 2012

Philips introduces HeartStart XL+ defibrillator/ monitor
Philips has launched worldwide the HeartStart XL+, a crash cart defibrillator/ monitor for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. 13 Mar 2012

Boston Scientific to acquire Cameron Health for initial US$300m
California-based Cameron Healthhas developed a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator — the S-ICD System. 8 Mar 2012

Feature: TLT makes early research breakthrough in foetal heart monitoring
Tarilian Laser Technologies, which has developed a unique optical sensor platform for blood pressure measurement, has now made a further innovation with the development of a ground-breaking early research prototype for a foetal heart monitoring sensor. 23 Feb 2012

Phosphate additives in food cause artery damage and premature aging
There is increasing evidence that an elevated level of phosphate in the blood not only promotes calcification of blood vessels and bodily organs but also upsets a complex hormonal system involved in regulation of phosphate in the body. 15 Feb 2012

Boston Scientific launches crossing device to treat blockages in peripheral arteries
Boston Scientific has launched in the USA the TruePath CTO Device, designed to facilitate the crossing of chronic total occlusions within the peripheral vasculature.  9 Feb 2012

Hypothermia treatment for cardiac arrest underused in US hospitals
Therapeutic hypothermia has been proven to reduce mortality and improve neurologic outcomes after a heart attack, yet it was rarely used in a sample of more than 26,000 patients, according to a new study. 6 Jan 2012

FFR-guided coronary angioplasty improves patient health while reducing costs
Fractional flow reserve-guided intervention to determine the severity of blood flow blockages in patients’ coronary arteries can improve patient outcomes while saving costs. 5 January 2012

Aortic pressure better for diagnosing congestive heart failure and coronary heart disease
Prof. Uwe Nixdorff from the European Prevention Centre, Düsseldorf is advising cardiologists to combine intima media thickness (IMT) measurement with Aloka’s ultrasound scanner pulse wave intensity function to check for unseen coronary heart disease. 5 January 2012

Biotronik introduces world's first MRI-compatible implantable defibrillators
Biotronik has announced the first implantations of its new Lumax 740 implantable cardiac defibrillators — the world’s first and only ICDs eligible for use with MRI scanners. 5 Jan 2012

TLT announces breakthrough in detection of white coat hypertension
Tarilian Laser Technologies has confirmed the ability of its Sapphire sensor technology to detect white coat hypertension during measurement of blood pressure in a clinical setting. 5 Jan 2012

Study finds blood pressure measurement errors in 93% of patients
A study at the University of New Mexico on the way clinicians measure blood pressure in patients has found an average of four mistakes in technique per patient, compared to AHA guidelines, and errors in 93% of patients. 21 Dec 2011

TLT targets UK for hi-tech manufacturing base for revolutionary optical blood pressure sensor
Tarilian Laser Technologies, developer of a revolutionary optoelectronic sensor for measuring blood pressure, has announced that it will build manufacturing capabilities for sensor-based devices in-house at its Welwyn Garden City headquarters. 21 Dec 2011

Feature: Inner cooling reduces heart and brain damage after MI, cardiac arrest and stroke
The Philips Inner Cool RTx system provides a rapid method of cooling the body from the inside. The RTx system cools or warms patients with a unique integrated temperature sensor catheter that circulates temperature-controlled fluid within the catheter and adjusts the temperature of the blood near the heart. 17 Dec 2011

Feature: Tarilian Laser Technologies achieves greatest technological advance in blood pressure measurement for 130 years
Tarilian Laser Technologies (TLT) has invented a completely novel method of measuring blood pressure based on an optoelectronic sensor. The sensor outperforms the current “gold standard” for measuring blood pressure — the mercury sphygmomanometer — and effectively makes the older technology obsolete. The sensor can measure blood pressure on any part of the body, including the eye without pressure on the eye or energy entering the body. 7 Dec 2011. Read more..

Panasonic’s CardioHealth Station provides early diagnosis in primary care
The ultrasound device is designed to assist medical professionals in making a quick and valuable assessment of cardiovascular health. 6 Dec 2011

Key protein for self-healing damaged heart muscle discovered
German scientists have identified a protein that stimulates the regression of individual heart muscle cells into their precursor cells which could then be used to regenerate damaged heart muscle after a heart attack. 20 Nov 2011

AQAI launches TestChest lung-heart function simulator
The AQAI Simulation Center based in Mainz, Germany, has launched TestChest, a device that simulates the functioning of the extremely complex lung and heart-lung functions in humans. 7 Nov 2011

New non-invasive technique uses CT for testing heart function
The technique could, in a single test, identify which abnormally narrowed blood vessels are the most likely to lead to further cardiovascular complications. 25 Oct 2011

Laughter is good for the heart
Having a good laugh has a positive effect on blood flow, while stress constricts blood vessels and restricts blood flow. Using ultrasound to measure blood vessel diameter, a study has shown a 30-50% difference in blood vessel diameter between watching a funny movie and a stressful one. 2 Oct 2011

Brain stents increase risk of stroke and death
Stents inserted in arteries in the brain to reduce the high risk of repeat strokes have been found instead to significantly increase strokes and deaths. 21 Sept 2011 

Draft guidance from NICE paves way for next-generation cardiac CT scanners  
The provisional recommendations support the use of the latest generation of scanners from Siemens Healthcare, Toshiba Medical Systems, Philips Healthcare, and GE Healthcare. 15 Sept 2011

Siemens expands angiography systems with catheter navigation technology
The MediGuide navigation technology from St Jude Medical locates the catheter during cardiac interventions and projects its precise position in realtime. 31 August 2011

First changes in 100 years to method for checking high blood pressure
The way blood pressure is diagnosed and treated is set to be revolutionised following new guidelines issued by NICE. 24 August 2011

Simple blood oxygen test identifies newborns with dangerous heart defects
A simple test to measure blood oxygen in newborns has been shown to identify babies with life-threatening congenital heart defects, a major cause of infant mortality in the developed world. 13 August 2011

Compound in bear bile could prevent arrhythmia after heart attack
A synthesised compound which is also found in bear bile could help prevent disturbances in the heart’s normal rhythm. 3 August 2011

Articificial nanoparticles shown to affect the heart
A team of German scientists has for the first time shown, in an isolated rodent heart, that selected artificial nanoparticles have a direct effect on heart rate and heart rhythm. 3 August 2011

New low-energy cardiac defibrillation method developed
An international team of scientists has developed a new low-energy method for terminating life-threatening cardiac fibrillation of the heart. 15 July 2011

Ultrasound scanner measures blood pressure from many points in body
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and Esaote have developed a new technique to measure blood pressure using ultrasound. Using an ultrasound scanner they will soon be able to measure the blood pressure pulse at many points in the body. 4 July 2011

Isansys Lifecare launches LifeTouch body-worn wireless cardiac monitor
UK company Isansys Lifecare Limited has launched the LifeTouch HRV011, a cardiac monitor that adheres to the patient’s body and analyses the ECG signal of the patient's heartbeat in unprecedented detail. 19 May 2011

Antibody injection could limit inflammation damage from heart attacks and strokes
A simple injection of an antibody could limit the devastating inflammatory response following restoration of blood supply after heart attacks and strokes. 3 May 2011

Europe could save 135,000 lives a year through better cardiovascular care
A pan-European study of cardio-vascular diseases has found that up to 135,000 deaths could be prevented in Europe each year through better control of risk factors. 20 April 2011

SurgiVision's MRI-compatible cannula wins FDA clearance
SurgiVision, Inc has receieved FDA aproval for its SmartFlow neuro ventricular cannula, an MRI-compatible injection and aspiration cannula for use in the brain. 20 April 2011

Omron Healthcare wins iF design awards for blood pressure monitors
Omron Healthcare Co., has won both the iF Product Design Award and Universal Design Award for its blood pressure monitors M6 and M6 Comfort. 19 April 2011

A beating cardiac cellSimple method turns blood cells into virus-free beating heart cells
A simplified, cheaper, all-purpose method that can safely turn blood cells into heart cells has been developed at Johns Hopkins University in the US. The method is virus-free and produces heart cells that beat with nearly 100% efficiency. 12 April 2011

New ultrasound technique for imaging defects in babies' hearts
The Medical Imaging Laboratory in Trondheim, Norway, has developed a new ultrasound technique that gives an enhanced ability to discover heart defects in newborns. 28 March 2011

Universities of Greenwich and Lille collaborate to develop coated coronary stent
The University of Greenwich is collaborating with two universities in Lille to develop a coronary stent with a coating that slowly releases drugs into the blood. 28 March 2011

Thermal sensor deployed by angiogram catheter detects early atherosclerosis
A micro heater and thermal sensor small enough to deploy by an angiogram catheter can detect the earliest stages of atherosclerosis in blood vessels. 13 March 2011

LGC’s genotyping technology used to study genetic basis for anticoagulation therapy
Researchers from six European countries will ake part in in the two-year trial, which aims to demonstrate that a patient’s genotype plays an important role in the effective prescribing of anticoagulation (anti-blood-clotting) drugs such as Warfarin. 28 Feb 2011

The CASPro blood pressure deviceWrist-worn device to revolutionise blood pressure measurement
A new method of measuring blood pressure by recording the pulse wave in the wrist gives a more accurate reading than the traditional arm cuff and has the potential to enable doctors to treat their patients more effectively. 22 Feb 2011

Medtronic starts shipping MRI-safe pacemaker in US
Medtronic, Inc. has announced the immediate availability in the US of its Revo MRI SureScan MRI-safe pacemaker, following FDA approval. 17 Feb 2011

St Jude Medical launches ViewMate Z intracardiac echocardiography system
The ViewMate Z system is designed for real-time image guidance and visualization of the cardiac anatomy. 16 Feb 2011

First atrial fibrillation ablation cases for contact force sensing catheter
Biosense Webster, Inc., has announced the successful completion of the first clinical cases in the EU with the new ThermoCool SmartTouch contact force sensing catheter, following recent CE Mark approval. 15 Feb 2011

Abbott receives CE Mark for world's first drug eluting bioresorbable coronary stent
Abbott's BVS device restores blood flow by opening a clogged vessel and providing support to the vessel until the device dissolves within approximately two years. 31 Jan 2011

Hotspur's GPSCath allows multiple vascular procedures from single catheter
The GPSCath is a two-in-one device that allows physicians to perform high-pressure angioplasty and inject physician-specified fluids such as contrast while maintaining guidewire position. 31 Jan 2011

Philips receives CE mark for PET/MRI system — first new modality in 10 years
The combined system integrates the molecular imaging capabilities of PET with the superior soft tissue contrast of MR (magnetic resonance) to image diseased cells as they proliferate in soft tissue. 24 Jan 2011

Biotronik launches eight new pacemaker models
The eight new models in its Estella and Effecta pacemaker series are built on Biotronik’s unified platform technology which enables the integration of key performance features across all lines. 10 Dec 2010

Cordis to distribute Ostial Pro stent positioning system worldwide
Cordis Corporation has entered into a distribution agreement with Ostial Solutions for the worldwide distribution of the Ostial Pro Stent Positioning System. 3 Dec 2010

Solar powered blood pressure device is reliable tool for developing countries
A new solar-powered device to measure blood pressure can provide affordable and reliable blood pressure testing in low income countries according to a field study. 23 Nov 2010

Many cardiovascular deaths in Europe could be prevented with better care
Results from a large pan-European study indicate that many of the 4.3 million annual deaths in Europe could be avoided if at-risk patients received better preventative care. 23 Nov 2010

Second artificial heart patient fitted with portable heart driver
A 45-year-old man has become only the second patient in the US to be discharged from hospital fitted with the Freedom portable driver to power his SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. 9 Nov 2010

Medtronic gains FDA approval for stent delivery system for TAA repair
Medtronic has received approval for its Talent Thoracic Stent Graft with Captivia Delivery System, which features a tip capture mechanism for controlled deployment and precise placement of the implantable medical device. 9 Nov 2010

UK’s first robotic multi-axis C-arm for complex vascular surgery
The Royal Free Hospital in North London has opened the UK’s first advanced interventional imaging system, Artis zeego from Siemens Healthcare. 26 Oct 2010

Getting the blues makes the heart stumble
Scientists at the University of Bonn have bred mice with heart muscle sensitive to blue light. This enables control of heart activity on demand, giving a new means to study arrhythmias. 11 Oct 2010

ESC updates guidelines for device therapy in heart failure
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has updated its Clinical Practice Guidelines covering device therapy in heart failure. The update reflects the pace of research in this field and the importance of recently published evidence. 3 Sept 2010

New clinical practice guidelines for atrial fibrillation from ESC
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has released of new Clinical Practice Guidelines covering atrial fibrillation. These are the first guidelines to be prepared solely by the ESC on this very important topic. 3 Sept 2010

Euroaspire studies health and economic impact of heart disease prevention
The multinational EUROASPIRE III health economics study aims to find out to what extent a focus on prevention can reduce both the health and economic impact of cardiovascular disease (CVD) — responsible for 4 million deaths in Europe each year. 3 Sept 2010

Australia facing epidemic of heart rhythm disorder
Australia has seen a 75% increase in hospital admissions for atrial fibrillation, the most common heart disorder, over the last 10 years. 3 Sept 2010

live-mri-maxplanckcs Maths and video game graphics help develop live MRI of beating heart
Magnetic resonance imaging taking just one fiftieth of a second will enable the dynamics of organs and joints to be filmed 'live' for the first time, including the beating heart, the bending knee, and movements of the eye and jaw. 2 Sept 2010

Screening of young athletes for heart disease needs improving
The screening process for young footballers to detect those at risk of heart disease does not take into account the type and intensity of the exercise performed. 2 Sept 2010

Enhanced cardiac ultrasound system from Philips Healthcare
Royal Philips Electronics has launched the enhanced iE33 xMATRIX cardiac ultrasound system featuring a new ergonomic solution for more efficient adult echocardiograms, the X5-1 transducer. 1 Sept 2010

Everolimus-eluting stent shows greater therapeutic benefit over gold standard
A trial of the newer generation everolimus-eluting stent has provided preliminary evidence that it gives greater therapeutic benefit than the previous gold standard, the early generation sirolimus-eluting stent. 1 Sept 2010

Siemens introduces new systems for the diagnosis and therapy of heart diseases
Siemens Healthcare is presenting at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2010 a range of innovative solutions for cardiology that provide higher quality of care and contribute at the same time to reducing costs in healthcare. 1 Sept 2010

TomTec introduces new version of 2D cardiac performance analysis software
2D Cardiac Performance Analysis is a speckle tracking based analysis tool which can analyze 2D data from various ultrasound machines. It allows a cardiologist to study the behaviour of the heart muscle quicker and easier due to improved handling. 18 August 2010

Aloka e-flow technology improves accuracy of coronary heart diseases diagnosis
The Universidad Complutense de Madrid is using Aloka’s e-tracking technology to advance the early detection of cardiovascular events.
The system is used to easily measure predominant parameters on arterial vessels. 2 August 2010

Covidien completes acquisition of ev3
Covidien has announced the completion of the acquisition of ev3 Inc. for approximately US$2.6 billion. The transaction accelerates Covidien’s strategy of building a world-class vascular platform addressing high-growth markets. 15 July 2010

Women receive greater benefit from CRT-Ds than men
Cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) reduce heart failure events more in women than men, according to data from Boston Scientific Corporation's MADIT-CRT trial. 14 July 2010

Erectile dysfunction indicates high risk of heart attack
A Malaysian study has found that seven out of 10 men admitted to hospital for a heart attack had erectile dysfunction (ED) in the six months prior to their admission. 14 July 2010

Chinese least likely to get cardiovascular disease
Racial-ethnic groups living in a similar environment and with access to universal healthcare differ strikingly in their cardiovascular risk profiles. 14 July 2010

Boston Scientific enrols first patient in multisensor CRT clinical trial
Boston Scientific Corporation has enrolled the first patient in its MultiSENSE clinical trial. The trial is designed to evaluate multiple physiologic sensors in the Company's Cognis cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators. 12 July 2010

Computerised blood pressure diagnosis beats hypertension experts
Irish Company dabl’s computerised system for diagnosing 24-hour blood pressure is more accurate and consistent than a leading group of international hypertension experts, according to an independent study. 30 June 2010

Philips launches intra-vascular interventional configuration for stroke assessment
The VasoCT is designed to visualize vessel structure beyond a clot and help physicians identify and assess the size and extent of an ischemic stroke. 17 June 2010

CardioTrace monitors cardiovascular health by measuring arterial blood flow
Advanced Global Health has launched CardioTrace, a non-invasive device that monitors the blood flow in finger arteries to identify fitness levels and abnormalities. 12 June 2010

Estudio de casos de ALOKA. ‘See the unseen’ [Español]
‘Seeing the unseen’. El Prof Dr MA García Fernández habla en la European Association of Echocardiography sobre el uso que hace de ALOKA. 1 Juni 2010. Deutsch. Italiano. Francais

Falls in elderly linked to high blood pressure and blood flow in brain
Falls in elderly people are higher in those with high blood pressure and an inability of the brain blood supply to respond adequately to changing conditions. It shows that basic treatment and exercise could reduce the high numbers of falls and admissions to hospital. 24 May 2010

nContact Surgical advances closed chest ablation techniques
nContact Surgical has enrolled the first patient in its IDE trials to evaluate a fully closed chest procedure combining the best of electrophysiologist catheter and surgical techniques for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. 14 May 2010

Biosense Webster launches Thermocool SF irrigated ablation catheter in the EU
Biosense Webster, Inc. has completed the first clinical cases with its next generation catheter in the EU, following recent CE Mark approval. 14 May 2010

Boston Scientific receives EU approval for platinum chromium stent system
Boston Scientific Corporation has received CE Mark approval for its Taxus Element Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System, the Company's third-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) technology. 14 May 2010

Dr Ng's team using the robotic armLeicester University carries out world's first robotic cardiac catheter ablation
A pioneering world first robotically controlled cardiac ablation operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital using the new Remote Catheter Manipulation System (RCMS) developed by Catheter Robotics. 4 May 2010

Bioheart launches trial of genetically modified muscle stem cells for heart repair
US company Bioheart has commenced work on its REGEN trial, a Phase I clinical trial to test genetically modified muscle stem cells in hearts of patients suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF). 2 April 2010

Medtronic pacemaker system for use in MRI scanners available in Europe
Medtronic, Inc. has announced the commercial availability of the Advisa DR MRI SureScan pacemaker in selected European geographies. It gives patients access to full body MRI scans, without positioning limitations. 26 March 2010

Philips and ACC showcase minimally invasive cardiology interventions
Royal Philips Electronics in partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) have highlighted the growing need for minimally-invasive interventions to address a spectrum of cardiac conditions, such as structural and degenerative heart issues. 26 March 2010

Mapping heart signals to help atrial fibrillation sufferers
Scientists at the University of Leicester are creating maps of irregular signals of the heart in an innovative project that has potential to bring benefits for millions of people who suffer from irregular heart rhythm. 9 Feb 2010

St Jude Medical gains EU approval for high power ICD and CRT-D devices
St Jude Medical,has announced European CE Mark approval and first implants of its Fortify and Fortify ST implantable cardioverter defibrillators and Unify cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator. 9 Feb 2010

Sorin releases new Paradym CRT defibrillator
Sorin Group has announced FDA approval and first implant of its next-generation of cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), Paradym CRT Model 8750. 9 February 2010

Quantum physics research leads to breakthrough heart scanner
A highly sensitive cardiac scanner being developed at the University of Leeds will dramatically improve the process of diagnosing heart conditions. 8 Feb 2010

Medtronic to expand cardiovascular products with acquisition of Invatec
Medtronic, Inc. will acquire Invatec, and two affiliated companies: Fogazzi and German company Krauth Cardiovascular. The takeover will cost Medtronic up to US$500m. 28 Jan 2010

Hybrid theatre enables advanced procedures at Bristol Heart Institute
A hybrid operating theatre, the second of its kind in the UK, has been opened at the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI). The hybrid theatre will mean shorter waiting times, reduced hospital stays, fewer operations and less distress for patients. 19 Jan 2010

ATS Medical gains CE approval for ATS 3f Enable aortic valve
platform that combines the novel 3f tubular pericardial valve design with its superior hemodynamic profiles and a self-expanding frame to hold the valve in its optimal position. 17 Dec 2009

3-D modelling of heart enables robotic surgery on beating heart
A team at the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics in France has developed a computerized 3D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart. 15 Dec 2009

Siemens echocardiography suite captures full-volume heart image in one beat
This new release of the Acuson SC2000 system features unique technologies and applications that improve diagnostic confidence and workflow in echocardiography to deliver vastly more diagnostic information than today’s conventional systems. 9 Dec 2009

Use of implantable cardiac devices in Europe doubles, but uptake variable
The use of implantable devices for the treatment of heart failure increased "enormously" in Europe between the years 2004 and 2008, but there still remain large differences between countries. 9 Dec 2009

An Egyptian mummyCT scans of mummies show atherosclerosis common in ancient Egyptians
A new study has found that atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, was common in ancient Egyptians, challenging a belief that vascular disease is a modern affliction caused by current-day risk factors such as stress and sedentary lifestyles. 1 December 2009

Biotronik launches Evia pacemaker in Europe
Berlin-based Biotronik SE & Co. KG, has launched in Europe its new, unified platform pacemaker series, Evia, and several new products to further strengthen its bradycardia portfolio. 13 November 2009

Doctors renew warning over use of home fetal heart monitors
Doctors have issued a further warning to expectant parents not to use over-the-counter fetal heart monitors (Doppler devices) at home because they can lead to false reassurance and delays in seeking medical help. 6 Nov 2009

Boston Scientific launches Promus Element Stent System in Europe
Boston Scientific has announced EU approval and the launch in Europe of its Promus Element Everolimus-eluting coronary stent system. 3 Nov 2009

Medtronic launches improved delivery system for minimally invasive treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms
Medtronic's Captivia Delivery System features tip capture for enhanced control of the Valiant thoracic stent graft during deployment and a hydrophilic coating applied to the graft cover to facilitate iliac access and delivery through patients’ vasculature. 14 October 2009

Blood flow blockages in heart measured using wireless fractional flow reserve technology
St Jude Medical, Inc. has announced the first use of the PressureWire Aeris technology, an interventional tool which measures Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) to evaluate the severity of blood flow blockages in the arteries. 13 Oct 2009

Philips upgrades Allura Xper cardio-vascular x-ray systems
Philips has launched a new upgrade program for its Allura Xper family of cardio/vascular x-ray devices. The complimentary upgrade will be provided globally to more than 2000 customers with Customer Service Agreements. 8 Oct 2009

Omron unveils blood pressure monitor modules for OEM applications
Two new blood pressure monitoring modules can be easily integrated into new or existing medical device manufacturers' OEM systems, one aimed at hospital grade devices and a lower-cost option for high accuracy home and telemedicine environments. 2 October 2009

The Micropaq monitorHandheld cardiac monitors reduce risk for cardiac surgery patients at Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Handheld devices that monitor blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels, have been put in place in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) to prevent complications, such as cardiac arrest and deep vein thrombosis. 2 Oct 2009

Large differences in cardiovascular mortality and national prevention policies across EU
Research from a three-year programme to analyse cardiovascular health and prevention policies in 16 European countries shows heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Europe but there are huge differences in both national prevention policies and levels of cardiovascular mortality between countries. 21 Sept 2009

Abbott to acquire cardiac valve device company Evalve
The acquisition provides Abbott with a presence in the growing area of non-surgical treatment for structural heart disease for a cost of up to $410 million. 21 Sept 2009

Siemens and SurgiVision to develop MRI-guided cardiac electrophysiology system
The companies will partner to develop and commercialize a real-time MRI-guided cardiac electrophysiology (EP) system.  They will also collaborate with the University of Utah to bring it to the clinic stage. 10 Sept 2009

Education and defibrillators needed to reduce sudden death during sport
More widespread availability of defibrillators and education of the general public could boost survival rates fourfold amongst athletes suffering cardiac arrest. 10 Sept 2009

Reperfusion therapy can cut risk of dying from heart attack by half
Effective reperfusion therapy provides a timely and sustainable reopening of the blockage. The wider use of reperfusion therapy in patients with heart attack (AMI) can save millions of lives. 10 Sept 2009

St Jude Medical announces European launch of remote cardiac care network
The Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN) is a secure, Internet-based remote care system for patients with implanted medical devices. It gathers and stores data from the implant procedure, in-clinic follow-up visits and from remote transmissions sent from a patient’s home. 5 Sept 2009

GE Healthcare and TomTec Imaging Systems co-operate in cardiology IT
GE Healthcare and TomTec Imaging Systems GmbH, have entered into a formal strategic co-operation contract to improve their echocardiography systems. 5 September 2009

Siemens exhibits new cardiac imaging application for aortic valve prosthesis at ESC 2009
With the syngo DynaCT Cardiac, the cardiologist can position the valve prosthesis more accurately and quickly than before. 28 August 2009

Philips launches new cardiograph with rapid diagnosis
The PageWriter TC50 cardiograph offers an intuitive operation and advanced clinical decision support. 28 August 2009

t+ blood pressure lite enables monitoring of patients' blood pressure at home
Oxford University spin-out t+ Medical has launched t+ blood pressure lite, which enables healthcare professionals to effectively monitor their patients’ blood pressure without patients having to leave their home. 28 August 2009

Basingstoke first hospital in UK to intall Zoll AutoPulse in cath lab
Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in Hampshire, UK is the first hospital in the UK to install the AutoPulse non-invasive cardiac support pump in a cardiac catheterization laboratory. 26 August 2009

Breakthrough drug-eluting stent to treat peripheral artery disease available in Europe
Surgeons in the UK have completed patient implants of the first CE Mark approved drug-eluting stent designed specifically to treat severe blockages in the largest artery in the leg. 20 August 2009 Deutsch

Philips enhances Xcelera cardiology image management system
Philips has introduced new enhancements to its Xcelera multimodality cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution featuring telecardiology capabilities to increase access to images and information. 20 August 2009

The Micromed ventricular assist devicePulse-less artificial heart gets new lease of life with US$2.8m grant
The Texas Heart Institute has been awarded the grant by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a second year of research to develop a pulse-less total artificial heart based on two MicroMed ventricular assist devices. 20 August 2009

Magnetic irrigated catheter procedures reach 2500
Stereotaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: STXS) has announced that clinicians have performed more than 2,500 procedures with the magnetic irrigated catheter since its commercial release. 20 August 2009

Injection of growth factor reverses heart-attack damage
Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have shown that injection of a growth factor, called neuregulin1 (NRG1), can spur heart-muscle growth and recovery of cardiac function when injected systemically into animals after a heart attack. 31 July 2009

HeartWorksWorld's first virtual heart brings breakthrough in education for cardiothoracic anaesthetists
HeartWorks, a uniquely realistic computer-generated model of the heart and echocardiography simulator, is the result of a 4-year project to improve teaching of peri-operative transoesophageal echocardiography. 17 July 2009

First human receives cardiac stem cells to repair damage caused by heart attacks
Doctors have completed the first procedure in which a patient's own heart tissue was used to grow specialized heart stem cells that were then injected back into the patient's heart in an effort to repair and re-grow healthy muscle in a heart that had been injured by a heart attack. 15 July 2009

New communication technologies help cardiac patients improve their prognosis
The use of phone and internet between patients and healthcare providers is an effective way to reduce risk factors for coronary heart disease and the risk of further events after a heart attack, according to new research. 29 June 2009

Atherosclerosis vaccine development receives EU support
Vienna-based AFFiRiS AG's atherosclerosis vaccine development program based on proprietary AFFITOME technology is receiving support from the EU's EUROTRANS-BIO call. 18 June 2009

Enzyme replacement therapy gives significant benefits for women with Fabry disease
Shire Human Genetic Therapies (HGT), has announced that results from an observational study demonstrate that enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with REPLAGAL 0.2mg/kg is effective in treating some of the signs and symptoms of Fabry disease in women. 18 June 2009

Philips launches worlds smallest TEE transducer for cardiac imaging of newborns
Philips' microTEE transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducer provides pediatric cardiologists with a diagnostic tool for imaging the hearts of newborn patients. 8 June 2009

Medtronic device registry shows how implantable heart devices work in clinical practice
The first results from the Medtronic Inc., OMNI Study reveal that one out of six patients with an ICD or CRT-Ds to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, received potentially life-saving medical therapy. 28 May 2009

St Jude Medical gains EU approval for cardiac mapping system
St Jude Medical, Inc. has gained European CE Mark approval and first use of its EnSite Velocity cardiac mapping system. This new system has been designed to help physicians more efficiently diagnose and deliver therapy to treat abnormal heart rhythms. 28 May 2009

Cardiola receives EU approval for home cardiac counterpulsation system
Cardiola AG has received CE Mark recertification to market its m.pulse system for at-home use to treat chronic heart failure (CHF), the most frequent cause of hospitalization in persons over 65. 27 May 2009

St Jude Medical gains EU approval for remote care system for implantable cardiac devices
St Jude Medical's Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN) is a secure, Internet-based remote care system that gathers and stores data from the implant procedure, a clinic follow-up visit or from remote follow-up transmissions of patients with implanted cardiac devices. 7 May

Medtronic initiates global abdominal aortic aneurysm study
Medtronic, Inc. has announced the start of ENGAGE, the largest ever study of its kind, which will evaluate the performance of the Endurant stent graft, an implantable medical device designed to provide an advanced minimally-invasive alternative to open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. 24 April 2009

Cardima surgical ablation probe receives EU approval
Cardima, Inc. has received CE Mark approval for its Surgical Ablation Probe with Stabilization Sheath. The system can be used in open-chest surgery in conjunction with other procedures, or as a thoroscopic standalone, closed-chest procedure. 9 April 2009

AtriCure’s cryoablation system receives US FDA clearance.
AtriCure's disposable cryoablation system, Cryo1, received 510(k) clearance from the US FDA for the cryosurgical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. 8 April 2009

Physio-Control receives US clearance for Lifepak 15 monitor/defibrillator. 8 April 2009

Boston Scientific launches new coronary imaging catheter
Boston Scientific Corporation has launched its iCross coronary imaging catheter, a product designed to improve the deliverability of the company's intravascular ultrasound technology. 7 April 2009

Integrated care with electronic records reduces cardiac deaths by 73%
Kaiser Permanente has substantially improved the heart attack survival rate for its members in Colorado through an innovative program that links coronary artery disease patients, and teams of pharmacists, nurses, primary care doctors and cardiologists, with an electronic health record. 7 April 2009

Cardiac Science adds DICOM to cardiac systems
Cardiac Science has added DICOM connectivity to its Quinton Q-Stress cardiac stress testing system and Quinton Q-Tel cardiac rehabilitation system. 7 April 2009

Bioabsorbable coronary stent shows promise in two-year study
A study published online in The Lancet from the ABSORB clinical trial demonstrates that Abbott's bioabsorbable drug eluting stent successfully treated coronary artery disease and was absorbed into the walls of treated arteries within two years. 21 March 2009

Philips announces first 3D cardiovascular images from magnetic particle imaging
The technology, which uses the magnetic properties of iron-oxide nanoparticles injected into the bloodstream, has been used in a pre-clinical study to generate unprecedented real-time images of arterial blood flow and volumetric heart motion. 27 February 2009

deCODE genetics offers cut-price genetic test for heart risks during February
deCODE genetics is offering its deCODEme Cardio Scan, a unique new tool that enables individuals to better understand their inherited risk of heart problems such as heart attack, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, for $100. 12 February 2009

Medusa Siren ePCR Suite integrates with Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/ defibrillator
Medusa Medical Technologies Inc. has announced that its electronic patient care reporting software, the Siren ePCR Suite, now has an interface with the Philips HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator. 31 January 2009

Richter-Helm and Athera Biotechnologies in partnership to develop recombinant protein for cardiovascular disease
The partnership will develop and manufacture Athera's novel product for prevention of plaque rupture and athero-thrombosis through binding of the protein, Annexin A5, to endothelium. 31 January 2009

Philips collaborates with Bard Electrophysiology to advance cardiac arrhythmia treatment
Royal Philips Electronics has announced an agreement with Bard Electrophysiology to co-develop new clinical tools to help electrophysiologists treat patients suffering from arrhythmias. 31 January 2009

Implantable defibrillators lower risk of death in older heart patients
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can improve survival in patients with heart damage — even those in their 70s — according to research reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. 21 January 2009

Two common biomarkers improve prediction of stroke risk
Two common biomarkers associated with inflammation, lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) have been shown to improve the ability to predict who will suffer from a stroke. 15 January 2009

ZOLL gains US clearance for R series code-ready defibrillator with WiFi option
ZOLL Medical Corporation has received US FDA clearance for its ZOLL R series code-ready clinical defibrillator with a WiFi option that allows wireless communication between the defibrillator and standard hospital networks to help ensure code-readiness and download patient data. 8 January 2009

Agfa wins contract from Antwerp University Hospital for cardiovascular system
Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium, has awarded Agfa HealthCare a contract for its IMPAX Cardiovascular solution. The contract will provide enterprise-wide access to cardiology patient records to meet the high volume diagnostic needs. 6 January 2009

Medtronic gains EU approval for world's first MRI-safe pacemaker
Medtronic, Inc., has received the CE mark for the first-ever MR-conditional pacemaker system, the EnRhythm MRI SureScan pacemaker and CapSureFix MRI SureScan pacing leads (Model 5086MRI). 4 December 2008

Clinical Data launches genetic test for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.
The company also announced plans to make its databases of genetic mutations associated with inherited cardiac conditions, such as ARVC, available to the public. 24 November 2008

Global Therapeutics initiates trial of stent with RNA therapeutic agent to prevent artery closure
Global Therapeutics has announced initiation of the world’s first clinical trial of a drug eluting stent that uses an antisense RNA therapeutics agent aimed at silencing one of the genes (c-myc) responsible for causing arteries to reclose after stenting (restenosis). 18 November 2008

Musgrove Hospital extends cardiac procedures with new imaging system
Musgrove Hospital in Southwest England has installed a floor-mounted AXIOM Artis zee interventional cardiac imaging system from Siemens for coronary angiography, angioplasty and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT). 9 November 2008

Radiometer adds NT-proBNP and Troponin T to its cardiovascular point-of-care portfolio
Radiometer has added assays for NT-proBNP and Troponin T to the panel of cardiovascular markers that can be assessed at the point of care using its new AQT90 FLEX POC immunoassay platform. 9 November 2008

Philips and King's College London to collaborate on research into heart disease
Philips and King’s College London will develop new medical imaging research projects with a particular focus on cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. An area of focus will be on combining different imaging technologies, such as X-ray, MRI, ultrasound and CT, to help doctors navigate their way through a patient’s heart during minimal-invasive procedures. 20 October 2008

GE Healthcare and Boston Scientific collaborate on cardiovascular imaging
GE Healthcare and Boston Scientific Corporation have announced a collaboration that enables improved intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) workflow between the GE Healthcare Innova Cardiovascular x-ray system and the Boston Scientific iLab ultrasound imaging system. 14 October 2008

Endovascular simulation at Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics symposium
Medical Simulation Corporation (MSC) has teamed up with Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) to provide product- and procedure-based simulation experiences aboard two BSC Mobile Simulation Labs to attendees of the 20th annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium in Denver this week. 13 October 2008

Philips and STERIS in alliance to provide hybrid surgical rooms for minimally invasive procedures
The alliance will combine Philips' cardiovascular X-ray systems and STERIS HD 360° Suites technologies and design services to create a flexible environment where clinicians can treat patients requiring minimally invasive procedures, or those needing open surgery, within a single operating suite. 8 October 2008

First successful use of Sorin's new pediatric oxygenator and arterial filter
The Sorin Group has announced the first successful uses in the US of its newest pediatric devices for cardiovascular surgery at the Children’s Medical Center Dallas. 29 September 2008 Italiano

SunTech Medical blood pressure monitor chosen by GE for cardiac stress ECG systems
GE Healthcare will offer the SunTech Tango+ blood pressure monitor with its CASE cardiac assessment system for exercise testing and CardioSoft exercise stress testing. 18 September 2008

The Heart Guard cardiograph

Early warning system for cardiac patients
Latvian company Integris Ltd, has developed an inexpensive, real-time heart activity monitor for personal use. The device is small enough to be worn continuously and can monitor both heart activity and the patient's physical activity and alerts the patient of abnormalities. 9 September 2008

St Jude Medical's HIFU cardiac ablation system gains EU and US approval
St Jude Medical has received European and US clearance for its Epicor LP cardiac ablation system that uses HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) to surgically ablate cardiac tissue to disrupt abnormal electrical impulses in the heart. 21 August 2008

Call to make sudden cardiac arrest a national health priority in USA
The US National Medical Association (NMA) has called for changes in the prevention and treatment paradigm for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It has released a white paper that outlines directives for elevating SCA to a national health priority and bringing it to the forefront of the policy discussion. 13 August 2008

Cardiac Science reports revenue up 16%
Cardiac Science Corporation has announced revenue of $52.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2008, a 16% growth compared to the same period last year. 6 August 2008

Discovery of cardiovascular disease antibodies may lead to immunization
Low levels of naturally occurring antibodies may represent an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke in men. This discovery, published in the journal Atherosclerosis, has now led to attempts to develop an immunization against cardiovascular disease. 6 August 2008

Lifenet transmits defibrillator information from paramedics to hospital via broadband
Physio-Control, a Medtronic subsidiary, has launched the Lifenet STEMI Management Solution, a combination of web, broadband and medical technology, that reduces time to treatment for heart attack patients. 5 August 2008

St Jude Medical wireless transmitter for implanted cardiac devices gains FDA approval
The Merlin@home transmitter is a wireless system that transmits data from implanted cardiac devices and enables remote monitoring of patients by medical staff. 2 August 2008

Asahi Intecc and MediGuide collaborate on guide-wire technology for cardiology
Asahi Intecc and MediGuide have signed a collaboration agreement for the development and marketing of an innovative guide wire (G-Wire) using an integrated, sub-millimetre magnetic tracking sensor for the interventional cardiology market. 30 July 2008

New cardiovascular score developed to improve heart attack and stroke detection
QRisk2 is an equation developed to help doctors identify those most at risk of developing CVD and for the first time, simultaneously takes into account extra risk from ethnicity, social deprivation and other clinical conditions such as family history of heart disease or diabetes. 16 July 2008

Biotronik releases CRT pacemaker with advanced algorithm for RVsense triggering
The Stratos LV cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker incorporates RVsense Triggering which helps assure that resynchronization therapy is delivered continuously, and expanded wideband IEGM Snapshot memory. 10 July 2008

Philips and Skytron team up to provide hybrid operating rooms
Royal Philips Electronics and Skytron have entered into a partnership to supply hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive cardiovascular surgical procedures, combining Philips’ cardiovascular x-ray systems with Skytron’s surgery room equipment. 19 June 2008

Brain imaging identifies ways to help stroke patients regain speech
An important breakthrough in understanding how the brain works could help stroke patients to regain their speech. The new study shows that brains of stroke sufferers may have to 'relearn' how to put together different types of information in order to understand speech by using different parts of the brain to compensate for damaged areas. 6 June 2008

The InfraReDx LipiScan coronary imaging systemFirst use of infrared laser imaging system to analyse coronary artery plaque
Physicians at a hospital in Michigan have successfully used the InfraReDx LipiScan coronary imaging system in a patient undergoing a cardiac catheterisation. The system detects how much fat and other substances are contained in a plaque. 2 June 2008

Heart experts issue guidance on management on implantable cardiac devices
The Heart Rhythm Society and the European Heart Rhythm Association have issued an 'expert consensus' on the monitoring of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices to ensure that these life-saving devices are managed properly and patients receive the best possible care. 22 May 2008

Remote monitoring of pacemaker patients improves detection of serious events
Remote monitoring of pacemaker patients via the Medtronic CareLink Network detected clinically actionable events more quickly than routine follow-up care of transtelephonic monitoring and in-office visit, according to a study presented last week at the Heart Rhythm 2008 congress. 21 May 2008

Sorin Group to use Greatbatch’s MRI-safe technology in cardiac devices
The Sorin Group has announced that it intends to use technology from Greatbatch Inc to accelerate its programme to make its cardiac rhythm management (CRM) systems MRI compatible. 21 May 2008

Philips releases new version of Xcelera cardiology system
Royal Philips Electronics has begun shipping version 2.2 of its Xcelera cardiology image management, analysis and reporting solution. The new version offers enhanced functionality and greater workflow efficiency, giving improved support for imaging studies and data from key cardiac subspecialties. 18 May 2008

Agfa introduces cardiology solution for lesion follow-up
The solution will be part of the company's IMPAX Cardiovascular system for integrated data and image management in cardiology and will allow clinicians to focus on the lesion follow-up history. 15 May 2008

Volcano Corp announces first human use of imaging catheter
The OCT imaging platform provides high-resolution images in the 10-15 micron range, opening the door for new applications to complement both IVUS and angiography. 12 May

Boston Scientific announces EU and US approval of new pacemakers
Boston Scientific Corporation has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE Mark approval of its Altrua family of pacemakers. 12 May 2008

Home is where the best heart care is
The telemedical weight scalesJoshua Rowe, chairman for telemedicine specialist Broomwell Healthwatch, explains how a cardiac telemedicine service can improve patient care whilst cutting the cost of congestive heart failure (CHF).
30 April 2008

Call for European action to combat heart disease
A Call for Action encouraging European countries to develop national strategies to combat 4.3 million deaths and economic loss of 192 billion annually from heart disease has been issued by the Joint European Societies on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. 29 April 2008

London clinic invests in early detection of coronary disease
The Clinical Imaging and Research Centre at The Wellington Hospital in north London has installed a Somatom Definition Dual Source CT, Symbia T6 Spect CT and ultrasound scanners from Siemens to support its high volume clinical work and to support its pioneering patient research projects. 17 April 2008

Philips and Mediguide announce clinical trials of cardiac navigation system
Philips and Israeli company MediGuide have started clinical trials of a system that enables real time tip positioning and navigation of an invasive device used in coronary or cardiac intervention. 11 April 2008

Implanted wireless medical devices are potential security risk for patients
Implanted medical devices with wireless technology have a potential risk of unauthorised access to patient data and reprogramming of the device. 2 April 2008

Stentys completes $18 million financing for bifurcated stent production Paris-based Stentys has completed an $18 million ‘series B’ round of venture financing that will allow it to complete clinical trials and obtain EU clearance for its drug-eluting, bifurcated stent. 31 March 2008

French Fire Brigade buys Zoll AutoPulse units
The French Fire Brigade has contracted with Zoll Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL) to equip all of its rescue vehicles with the AutoPulse non-invasive cardiac support pump in a deal worth US$1.1m. 28 March 2008

Philips continues buying spree with cardiac IT company Tomcat Systems
Royal Philips Electronics has announced it will acquire Northern Ireland-based Tomcat Systems Ltd. Tomcat is a privately held company producing cardiovascular information systems (CVIS). 27 March 2008

CircuLite starts European trial for Synergy cardiac assist device
CircuLite, Inc. has announced a 20-patient trial for its Synergy micro implantable blood pump. This follows successful completion of a first-in-man pilot study of Synergy in four patients. 19 March 2008

NewCardio receives European patent for wireless ECG technology
NewCardio a development-stage cardiac diagnostic and services company has received a patent for the CardioBip, a proprietary device and methodology for transtelephonic transmission of comprehensive ECG data. 19 March 2008

Axellis announces 'global expansion' with three acquisitions
Axellis Ltd, a UK and US based medical technology company, has announced three acquisitions, which it says are part of a strategy to become a leading, global provider of specialist hardware and software solutions to optimise treatments in oncology and cardiology. 19 March 2008

EACTS launches International Atrial Fibrillation Registry
The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) has e launched the International Atrial Fibrillation Registry (IAFR) in association with UK company Dendrite Clinical Systems. The IAFR is designed to capture data and report in patient outcomes following surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. 17 March 2008

First European implants of new Boston Scientific defibrillators
Forty implants have been performed in 14 hospitals in six countries. The company plans a full launch in Europe and other international markets in the second quarter of this year. 6 March 2008

Ultrasound detection of emboli in brain during surgery reduces stroke rates 
Surgeons at the University of Leicester have developed a new technique to detect emboli that has helped reduce stroke rates during and after a form of heart surgery. 20 February 2008

Medrad and Possis Medical to merge
Bayer HealthCare affiliate Medrad, Inc and Possis Medical, Inc. have announced that they have agreed to merge in a deal worth about US$361 million. The merger is seen as combining complementary cardiology products: Medrad's contrast injection systems and Possis Medical's mechanical thrombectomy devices. 18 February 2008

iPods cleared of interfering with cardiac pacemakers
A study by the US Food and Drug Administration has refuted claims that portable music players, such as Apple's iPod, interfere with cardiac pacemakers. The study is reported in the open access journal BioMedical Engineering OnLine.

Boston Scientific gains EU approval for new defibrillators
Boston Scientific Corporation has been awarded CE Mark approval for its Cognis CRT defibrillator and Teligen ICD for treating heart failure and sudden cardiac death. 30 January

European approval for Boston Scientific defibrillator
Boston Scientific Corporation has gained the CE Mark approval for its Livian cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator, which treats heart failure and helps protect patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. 9 January

Delayed defibrillation in hospital reduces survival
A study of patients who suffer a cardiac arrest in hospital has shown that they are more likely to survive if their hearts are shocked back into rhythm within two minutes, but 30% of such patients aren’t getting help fast enough. 9 January

CT angiography highly accurate in detecting coronary artery disease
Computed tomography (CT) angiography is as accurate as an invasive angiogram in detecting coronary artery disease, according to two 64-slice-scanner trials. 29 November

A 3D image of the heart from the Philips Brilliance iCT scannerPhilips unveils rapid 3D CT scan system
Royal Philips Electronics' latest CT body scanner, Brilliance iCT scanner, allows radiologists to produce high-quality images with exceptional acquisition speed. 26 November

Agfa installs cardiology suite at Belgian Hospital
Agfa HealthCare has completed the installation of its Impax Cardiovascular Suite at the AZ Imelda hospital in Bonheiden, Belgium. The enterprise-wide, cardiology information management system and reporting solution allows physicians to view both cardiology and radiology images and reports. 16 October 2007

Medtronic buys MRI-safe technology for implanted devices from Biophan
Biophan's technologies reduce the normally dangerous heating and induced voltages in wires to safe levels during MRI scans. 9 October 2007

Philips expands into US home cardiac monitoring market with acquisition of Raytel Cardiac Services
Royal Philips Electronics is to acquire US-based Raytel Cardiac Services and other ancillary operations from SHL Telemedicine Ltd, for approximately US$110 million in cash. 4 October

Neurosonix wins European cardiac surgery innovation award for ultrasound device
Neurosonix Ltd has received an award from the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) for its EmBlocker ultrasound device that provides protection against cerebral embolism during heart surgery. 4 October 2007

US study to determine if imaging can detect subclinical cardiovascular disease
One of the most challenging aspects of cardiovascular imaging is going to be how to detect subclinical atherothrombosis disease in order to address earlier management. The High Risk Plaque (HRP) study will approach this challenge clinically and economically with a multimodality approach. 18 September

New guidelines for treatment of arterial hypertension
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) have revised their 2003 guidelines. In 2000, 26% (972 million) of the adult population worldwide had hypertension. Identifying specific patients at risk of developing organ damage will allow better deployment of preventative healthcare resources. 18 September

Groundbreaking treatments at new London centre for cardiovascular MR
Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, has recently opened its new Centre for Cardiovascular MR with two Magnetom Avanto MRI scanners and an interventional cardiac catheterisation laboratory from Siemens Medical Solutions. 11 September 2007

First implants for BioControl’s device for congestive heart failure
Cardiologists and surgeons at in Germany and Italy have successfully implanted BioControl's CardioFit device in the first patients as part of a multi-center clinical study. 13 August 2007

CardioFocus receives European approval for endoscopic cardiac ablation system
The device combines endoscopic visualization and guidance with the delivery of therapeutic light energy to perform pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. 5 August

Heart screening project to save athletes from sudden cardiac death
UK charity Cardiac Risk in the Young is launching a campaign to screen all leading athletes as part of a five-year study to understand the causes of sudden cardiac death in young people. 27 July 2007

Browsing medical images on the iPhoneMedical heart images on iPhone
Using Heart Imaging Technologies' system, physicians can simply click on a web link on the phone sent via email by one of their colleagues, enter their password, and view medical images. 25 July 2007

St Jude Medical gains European approval for heart failure devices. 15 May 2007

Biosense Webster and Medtronic collaborate to advance cardiac arrhythmia care.
The companies have announced plans to collaborate on a clinical trial, educational initiatives and a product development program, to advance the care of patients with cardiac arrhythmias. 10 May 2007

Remote monitoring improves clinical outcomes for heart patients
According to Australian and Canadian research, remote monitoring for patients with chronic heart failure helped reduce heart failure admissions to hospitals and lowered all cause mortality by nearly
20%. 30 April 2007

Dental X-rays of carotid artery not enough to estimate stroke risk
A review of research on the detection of calcified tissue in the carotid artery by dental x-rays has found that the technique does not give enough evidence to estimate a patient’s stroke risk. 30 April 2007

ECG can predict cardiovascular problems in women
Postmenopausal women without symptoms of cardiovascular problems who have minor or major abnormalities on an electrocardiogram are at increased risk of future cardiovascular events and death. 29 March 2007

MRI of the heartCombined MRI and echocardiography improves stroke diagnosis
Using both MRI and echocardiography to image the heart greatly enables physicians to identify the cause of strokes, especially cardioembolic strokes. The technique could revolutionise patient care.14 March 2007

First implants and EU approval for Sorin REPLY pacemakers
This new pacemaker line is designed to deliver automatic, physiologic pacing adapted to patients who have bradyarrhythmia. 8 March 2007

Philips unveils networked patient monitor combined with defibrillator
The Philips HeartStart MRx can serve as a wireless transport monitor/defibrillator or cardiac bedside monitor/defibrillator with built-in pacing, synchronized cardioversion and defibrillation capabilities. 23 February 2007

Medtronic begins European and US trial of MRI-compatible pacemaker system
The first patients in the trial were recently implanted with the new Medtronic EnRhythm MRI SureScan pacing system. The study will compare the electrical and diagnostic system performance, as well as complication rates of patients with and without MRI scans. 13 February 2007

Philips introduces imaging tool for complex cardiac arrhythmias
The Philips EP navigator combines pre–interventional 3D CT images of a patients’ cardiac anatomy with live X-ray fluoroscopy catheter position information in a single image, allowing physicians to navigate more easily through the heart during complex procedures. 7 Feb 2007

Chinese market for personal blood-pressure monitors growing at 33%
The Chinese market for home-use digital blood-pressure monitors will grow at over 33% per year, driven by lower prices and increased awareness, according to a new report from InMedica. 7 Feb 2007

Home blood-pressure monitor market to reach $1bn by 2010
The world market for home-use digital blood pressure monitors is worth almost $800 million. The increase in hypertension and use of telehealth will lead to growth of 6.7% per year, taking it to $1 billion by 2010, according to a report by InMedica. 30 Jan 2007

EP MedSystems and Philips launch new ultrasound platform for cath lab
The new ViewMate II ultrasound system is based on Philips' HD11 XE platform and has been developed for use with EP MedSystems’ ViewFlex intracardiac (ICE) imaging catheters. 16 Jan 2007

One-third of implanted heart devices may be unnecessary
A new study has found that a large number of patients with implanted cardiac devices may not benefit from them and that a simple heart-rhythm test can tell who will not benefit. 10 Jan 2007

A high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation systemFocused ultrasound used to treat atrial fibrillation
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are trialling high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation to correct the electrical signals controlling hearts suffering from atrial fibrillation. 15 Dec 2006

Cardiac Science ships Atria 3100 electrocardiograph. 12 Dec 2006

Medtronic to spin-off external defibrillation business. 11 Dec 2006

Pre-hospital care in Lund, Sweden doubles survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest. 8 Dec 2006 Francais Deutsch Español

A model illustrating the direction and strength of blood flow through a child's pulmonary artery and connecting veins after certain changes are made to its shape.4D MRI scans of child heart help predict outcome of heart surgery
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the hearts of children with heart defects can be used to create three-dimensional models to test the effect of surgical procedures. This can help surgeons plan optimum surgery for each child’s congenital heart defect. 29 November 2006

Sorin Group initiates European study to show superiority of dual chamber ICDs. 20 Nov 2006 Deutsch Italiano Francais Español

Pacemakers may be better than beta blockers for some heart failure patients
Patients suffering from certain types of heart failure may benefit more from pacemakers than from long-term use of medication, according to new research. 12 Nov 2006

Coronary plaque characterization software from Toshiba and Vital Images
The new software features include improved integration, colour coding of vessel walls, noncalcified and calcified plaque, and improved visualization of lesion boundaries and plaque types with automated measurement and quantification tools. 31 October 2006

Sorin Group introduces advanced defibrillation therapy to Japanese market
Sorin Group subsidiary ELA Medical has launched its ALTO 2 line of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in Japan and announced the first implants. 23 Oct 2006

Personal ECG heart monitor on sale to public in UK
Medick Healthcare has launched what it claims is the world’s first intelligent personal ECG (electrocardiogram) heart monitor. It monitors the rhythm of the heart in real time, and allows users to directly see the impact of everything from smoking and caffeine through to exercise on the heart’s performance. 17 October 2006

St Jude Atlas heart failure devices gain European approval
The Atlas II ICD and Atlas II defibrillators are the newest of the company's high-powered devices for treatment of patients with potentially lethal heart arrhythmias and heart failure.  13 Oct 2006

Cardioscan reduces unnecessary cardiac referrals by primary care physicians
The Zargis Cardioscan can reduce rates of unnecessary referrals by primary care physicians regarding heart murmurs by an average of 41%, according to a recent study. 13 Oct 2006

MRIs made safe for people with defibrillators and pacemakers
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University claim to have overcome the problems of taking magnetic resonance images of people with implanted defibrillators and pacemakers. They have painstakingly figured out how to safely perform MRI scans on men and women who have any one of 24 modern types of these implanted devices. 8 Oct 2006

The Philips ambient experience catheterization labPhilips previews new cath lab
Royal Philips Electronics previewed its Ambient Experience Catheterization Lab at the Philips Simplicity Event in London. The lab is designed to improve the workflow of physicians and reduce the anxiety of heart patients undergoing catheterization. 7 Oct 2006

Biotronik's new Lumax ICD with telemonitoring of heart and device
Biotronik’s new Lumax implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) contains not only a defibrillator that can deliver life-saving electric shocks to the heart, but also integrates a technology that monitors the functions of both the heart and the device itself. 3 Oct 2006

Boston Scientific launches less-invasive visualization system for cardiac surgical ablation
Boston Scientific's new FLEXView System enables physicians to perform stand-alone ablation procedures in a closed chest environment with direct visualization of the procedure at all times. 29 Sept 2006

Philips launches new cardiology ultrasound system
The new Philips HD11 XE is designed to meet the specific needs of cardiologists through more powerful cardiac capabilities. 29 Sept 2006

Philips releases defibrillators compliant with newest guidelines from AHA, ERC and ILCOR. 8 Sept 2006

University Hospital Cologne to be certified to implant CardioWest artificial heart
Members of the cardiac transplant team will begin the first of a three-part certification programtraining to implant the CardioWest temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t) on 4 Sept. 1 Sept 2006

Medtronic launches three new pacemakers
Medtronic, Inc.,has introduced the Adapta, Versa, and Sensia fully automatic pacemakers. Recently approved by the FDA, they provide physiologic pacing adapted to the needs of individual patients. 28 August 2006

Boston Scientific launches iLab for ultrasound imaging within heart and blood vessels
The system can be directly installed into the cardiac catheterization lab or radiology suite and give rapid access to images for diagnosis. 25 July 2006

New training tool for interventional cardiologists
TeachFFR.com is a web-based teaching tool that consists of narrated, interactive case studies demonstrating the proper use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) measurement techniques, which physicians use during interventions to assess lesion severity. 17 July 2006

Boston Scientific issues safety alert for Guidant pacemakers and defibrillators
Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announced that it is providing safety information and retrieving a specific subset of pacemakers, cardiac resynchronization pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators from its sales force and hospital inventories. 27 June 2006

Sorin Group initiates multi-centre study of heart failure patients in Europe
Sorin Group's Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) Business Unit has announced the first patient enrolments in Germany and Portugal in a study of the clinical relevance of slow ventricular tachycardias (VTs) in a heart failure population. 22 June 2006

Growth potential for cardiology PACS  in Europe
End-user willingness to purchase digital cardiology picture archiving and communications systems is forecast to increase the market from US$73.6 million in 2005 to US$200.5 million in 2012. 21 June 2006

QuickOpt optimizes cardiac resynchronization therapy in under two minutes
A clinical trial of St Jude Medical's QuickOpt timing cycle optimization feature for its implantable defibrillators found that it was consistently comparable to a traditional echocardiography procedure for determining optimal conduction delays. 20 June 2006

European trial shows greater efficacy of dual chamber over single chamber ICDs
A recent study has shown that clinically significant adverse events can be reduced by one-third with dual chamber ICDs compared to single chamber ICDs in patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. 20 June 2006

Medtronic launches implantable cardiac devices with wireless telemetry in Europe
Medtronic has announced European approval and market availability of its Concerto and Virtuoso line of implantable cardiac defibrillators, its first such devices with wireless telemetry for remote monitoring of patient health. 19 June 2006

The Excor mobile driving unitHeart surgery patients in Europe can recover at home with portable artificial heart
Berlin Heart AG, maker of the Excor Ventricular Assist Devices for children and adults, has received the European CE Mark, which allows it to market a modified version of its Excor Mobile Driving Unit with the CardioWest artificial heart in Europe. 1 June 2006

Visualizer for heart surgery training
The visualizer enables a consultant to demonstrate, describe and discuss surgical procedures with a student audience and ensures the heart is perfectly illuminated so that students can see all the heart detail on screen. 3 May 2006

Sorin Group stresses key role of pacing technology in avoiding unnecessary ventricular pacing
Sorin Group has begun a European awareness campaign on the risks associated with unnecessary pacing of the right ventricle from cardiac implantable devices. It significantly increases the risk of patients developing heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF). 25 April 2006 Deutsch Español Francais Italiano 

Siemens syngo BEAT softwareSiemens introduces cardiology software for MRT scans
Siemens new software, syngo BEAT, reduces MR examinations of the heart to a few mouse clicks — even for patients suffering from arrhythmia. It enables faster and more accurate diagnostics and increases efficiency in cardiology. 25 April 2006

Cardiac Science defibrillators meet new European and American guidelines
Cardiac Science Corporation has shipped two new models of its Powerheart automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that meet new American Heart Association and European Resuscitation Council guidelines. 23 April 2006

Medtronic introduces cardiopulmonary bypass system
Medtronic has received U.S. FDA clearance for its Performer Cardiopulmonary Bypass System (CPB), an integrated, compact console that provides support of the circulatory system during a variety of cardiac surgical procedures. 21 April 2006

Magnetically guided catheter aids radio frequency ablation treatment of heart
A remotely-controlled catheter device guided by magnetic fields can provide a safe and practical method for delivering radio frequency ablation treatment in the hearts of patients with atrial fibrillation. 21 April 2006

European clinical trial of beating heart transplant system
TransMedics, Inc., has initiated a multi-centre European trial to evaluate the safety and performance of its Organ Care System for heart transplants. There are currently two trialsites in Germany and two in the UK. 14 March 2006

Trials of GE's 64-slice CT as diagnostic tool for cardiovascular disease
GE Healthcare will sponsor a series of multi-centre, multi-patient trials to further validate the clinical efficacy of its LightSpeed VCT computed tomography (CT) system as a method for the diagnosis and treatment planning of cardiovascular disease. 14 March 2006

Medtronic initiates 50-site study of defibrillator with wireless telemetry
Medtronic has begun the first implants in a trial of its Concerto cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) with atrial therapies (AT). The study will involve up to 425 patients at approximately 50 sites in Europe, the United States and Japan. 9 February 2006

Increasing cardiac disorders in Europe driving demand for diagnostic imaging systems
An increase in the incidence of cardiac disorders has led to a rise in the number of diagnostic procedures, thereby resulting in a spurt in interventional cardiac catheterisation procedures. There is also a greater demand for non-invasive diagnostic techniques using CT and MR imaging systems. 5 February 2006

First study of cardiac resynchronization therapy using
ultrasound and CT
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in California will use a Toshiba  ultrasound system in conjunction with a 64-slice computerised tomography system to assess outcomes following cardiac resynchronization therapy. 18 November 2005

Remote cardiac monitoring network  reaches 50,000 patients
The Medtronic CareLink Network has enrolled 50,000 patients and registered over 120,000 data downloads since its launch in 2002. The system allows patients to receive expert medical advice from their physician while at home or travelling. 18 November 2005

CT image of heart captured in five beats
A study conducted at the at Centre Cardiologique de Nord in France has shown that the LightSpeed VCT computed tomography scanner, can capture images of the human heart in as few as five beats. This can help physicians improve the success rate of coronary CT imaging when compared with scan durations of 10 seconds or longer. 15 November 2005

Real-time monitoring and feedback improves cardiopulmonary resuscitation delivery
Verbal and visual feedback improves the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) delivered by paramedics and emergency medical technicians, according to the findings of a study announced by Royal Philips Electronics, in partnership with Laerdal. 15 November 2005

GE Healthcare and Volcano Corporation to develop cath lab with X-ray and ultrasound
The two companies will collaborate to develop a digital cardiovascular imaging system with fully integrated X-ray and intravascular ultrasound imaging (IVUS) capabilities. This is intended to give interventional cardiologists a clear view of coronary and peripheral vessel morphology for therapeutic procedures such as stent placement. 5 November 2005

Clinical studies demonstrate effectiveness of Siemens 64-slice CT scans in cardiac care
Three studies of 64-slice computed tomography (CT) in cardiac care have been published in peer-reviewed journals by Siemens' clinical collaborators in Switzerland, USA and Germany. 16 October 2005

Impedance cardiography helps identify patients at risk of heart failure
A study conducted by the San Diego Veterans Administration Healthcare System and University of California found that impedance cardiography (ICG) and BNP testing can help predict heart failure-related. 2 October 2005

Web-enabled cardiology system from Cardiac Science
Cardiac Science Corporation has launched a web version of its Pyramis cardiology data management system.  Authorised users will be able to access cardiology data with full privileges fro anywhere. It will also allow further integration with the  Cerner Millennium hospital information system. 2 October 2005

Siemens interventional cardiac technology provides 3D visualisation of coronary vessels
Interventional Cardiac 3D (IC3D) technology will provide clinicians with a helpful and important tool in the evaluation of patients prior to stenosis.
24 September 2005

Cardiac resynchronization therapy saves many lives cost-effectively
Three new studies of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) show that it offers sustained all-cause mortality improvements, is a cost-effective therapy and improves heart pumping function. It slows the progression of heart failure, reduces hospitalisations and saves lives in many heart-failure patients. 13 September 2005

Nihon Kohden and Inovise Medical in partnership to improve cardiac diagnosis
Nihon Kohden Corporation, a leading provider of cardiology equipment in Japan and China, and Inovise Medical, an Oregon-based cardiac diagnostic company, have signed a multi-year agreement to integrate Inovise Medical's Audicor heart sounds detection and analysis technology into the next generation of Nihon Kohden electrocardiographs. 12 September 2005

Defibrillators in schools can save lives — only if managed properly
Approximately 7000 children, including adolescents, die from sudden cardiac arrest each year in the USA. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) help schools to be prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency and potentially save the life of a student, employee, or visitor. 11 September 2005

Agfa launches new cardiology portfolio on the back of Heartlab acquisition
Agfa HealthCare Business Group has launched a new cardiology portfolio that provides a single point of access and integrates cardiology, radiology and wider clinical systems. 7 September 2005

Philips launches new cardiology ultrasound system
Royal Philips Electronics launched the new Philips HD11 XE cardiology ultrasound system at the European Society of Cardiology conference, hosted in Stockholm. he HD11 XE adds a variety of features to help physicians more accurately measure heart chambers, wall motion and ejection fraction. 7 September 2005

Implantable heart monitor automatically alerts via satellite
A new FDA-approved defibrillator can automatically send a signal to a doctor via wireless satellite transmission if a patient’s heart beats abnormally or if the device malfunctions. 31 August 2005

Cardiac care at Royal Brompton boosted by Siemens cardiac CT system
To fulfil the demand for more complex cardiac care, the Royal Brompton Hospital in London has commissioned the first Siemens Biplane Cardiac CT System with flat plate detectors in England. 19 August 2005

St Jude Medical's remote patient monitoring system receives FDA approval
The new version of software for the St Jude Medical's Housecall Plus remote patient monitoring system has received approval from the United States FDA. The system monitors implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients. 21 July 2005

Caffeine and exercise can prevent clear PET and CT imaging of heart
Consumption of caffeine before a positron emission tomography (PET) or computed tomography (CT) scan of the heart can increase the amount of chemical tracer in the heart and obscure the images. If a person exercises or drinks coffee before having a PET/CT scan, the heart beats faster, causing more tracer to appear in the heart region, obscuring the view. 13 July 2005

Heart monitoring device lets patients record their own ECG
A new handheld monitoring device launched by Trident International Corporation lets patients record their electrocardiogram (ECG) anytime and anywhere. The ReadMyHeart  captures information vital to better cardiovascular disease management n only 30 seconds. 6 July 2005

First implants of Medtronic Adapta pacemaker for slow heart rhythm
Medtronic has started clinical studies to evaluate its Adapta pacemaker in Serbia, Germany and Austria. Within the next year, Medtronic expects to introduce a portfolio of fully automatic pacemakers, the Adapta, Versa, and Sensia, in countries worldwide. 6 July 2005

FDA issues notification of recall of Guidant defibrillators and Guidant issues new warnings
The FDA said some Guidant defibrillators can develop an internal short circuit without warning, resulting in failure to deliver a shock when needed. Guidant has said that magnetic switches in other models may become stuck. 26 June 2005

Multislice Computed Tomography shows promise for noninvasive detection of coronary artery disease. 10 June 2005

Shock wave therapy gives remarkable results in wound healing and curing myocardial diseases
Effective, non-invasive and practically without side effects, extracorporeal shock wave therapy has demonstrated impressive results not only in orthopaedics and traumatology, but also in treating fresh and chronic wounds as well as circulatory disorders of the myocardial muscle. 8 June 2005

New cardiovascular imaging system introduced by GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare's new Innova(R) 2100IQ will enhance clinicians' ability to diagnose and treat heart disease and enable more precise placement of interventional devices such as stents, balloons and filters. 2 June 2005

Medtronic supports new European guidelines on use of ICDs and CRT as heart failure therapies
Under the new ESC heart-failure guidelines, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) have been designated Class I for indicated heart failure patients, which means they are recognized as standard-of-care treatments for many heart failure patients already on optimal medical therapy. 29 May 2005

Defibrillators help explain mystery of emotionally triggered sudden cardiac arrest
The electrical characteristics of anger-triggered arrhythmias are more disorganised and unstable than arrhythmias unrelated to emotional events, giving a possible clue explaining why sudden cardiac arrest increases in people during stressful times. 21 May 2005

Biosense Webster software provides more precise imaging and navigation of the heart
The software enables electrophysiologists to create 3-D electroanatomical maps to give a more precise view of the heart, allowing them to better navigate catheters to targeted points within the heart. 21 May 2005

Medtronic streamlines clinician access to cardiac device data with wireless communications
Medtronic has announced three major advances that help streamline use of important cardiac data. The company has received US FDA approval to distribute a wireless-enabled, in-clinic device programmer, the Medtronic CareLink programmer which will enable wireless communication with implanted devices and high-speed data connectivity using the MICS radiofrequency band. 19 May 2005

Medtronic evaluates remote monitoring of heart activity, weight and blood pressure in heart failure patients
Medtronic has begun a U.S. pilot evaluation with Carematix, Inc. to assess the efficacy and convenience of remotely monitoring physiological heart data, weight and blood pressure in the management of heart failure. 14 May 2005

Biophan releases additional data on pacemaker and defibrillator lead heating
Research by Biophan Technologies has revealed that the most prevalent heating occurs not at the electrode tip of a lead, but actually a short distance away from the electrode tip, in the tissue itself. 14 May 2005

Biophan veröffentlicht neue Daten über Erwärmung von Schrittmacherkabeln
Biophan Technologies, Inc. ein Innovationsunternehmen, das biomedizinische Technologie der nächsten Generation entwickelt, veröffentlichte heute weitere technische Daten über seine Forschung über die Erwärmung von Kabeln von Schrittmachern und implantierbaren Defibrillatoren. 14 Mai 2005

Siemens introduces revolutionary nuclear cardiology imaging system
Siemens Medical Solutions has announced that its c.cam — a unique, reclining dedicated cardiac gamma camera system — will be available for the European market. 4 May 2005

MRI technology enables non-invasive imaging of implantable blood filters to prevent pulmonary embolism
Biophan Technologies has announced that a new round of experimental tests have demonstrated the ability of the company's proprietary technology to enable MRIs of Vena Cava filters. Vena Cava filters are implanted in the Vena Cava of some patients undergoing surgery to capture and trap blood clots that have the potential to cause embolisms. May 2005

University of Florida students build smaller, smarter heart pump
The miniaturised heart pump  could become a life-saving alternative for patients waiting in long lines for scarce donor hearts. The device has novel pumping technology that makes it smaller and smarter than currently available ventricular assist devices. May 2005

Worldwide research to demonstrate benefits of fluid status monitoring for heart failure patients
Medtronic has announced a series of worldwide clinical studies designed to further demonstrate the patient and clinician advantages of the new implantable InSync Sentry system to help detect and manage worsening heart failure. April 2005

Medtronic recalls additional defibrillators
Medtronic has identified an additional 396 monophasic LIFEPAK 500 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be included in a voluntary recall originally announced on Feb. 25, 2005. The company will be contacting the owners of the devices. April 2005

Imaging technology could guide therapy designed to prevent heart attacks
A catheter-based imaging technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT) can successfully identify the characteristics of coronary plaques in patients with various cardiac symptoms, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). April 2005

European premier for combined single photon emission CT and diagnostic CT at Erlangen Hospital
The Nuclear Medicine Clinic and the Radiological Institute at Erlangen University Hospital have begun using Europe’s first combined system for SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) and diagnostic Computed Tomography. This opens new opportunities for physicians in detecting tumours and cardiac diseases. April 2005

Medwave to provide sensor-based non-invasive blood pressure solutions to Analogic Corp.
Analogic will incorporate Medwave's non-invasive blood pressure technology into its patient monitoring product line. Analogic will also integrate Medwave's sensor-based blood pressure solutions into their own products, or products that they design and manufacture for other medical device companies. March 2005

Philips introduces new cardiology products and technologies at ACC annual meeting. March 2005

Cardiac resynchronization therapy saves lives and reduces hospitalisations in heart failure patients
The results of the CARE-HF (Cardiac Resynchronization in Heart Failure) randomised, controlled trial were presented during a Late-Breaking Clinical Trial session at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session. March 2005

GE showcases advances in cardiac care at ACC congress
These include GE's first cardiology-specific installation of its next-generation CT scanner, its third all-digital heart hospital in the United States built from the ground up, and cardiology research using GE's CodeLink system. March 2005

First home blood pressure monitor to detect and accurately flag irregular heart beat
Microlife USA today announced the launch of its new upper arm blood pressure monitor, the first home blood pressure monitor to detect the appearance irregular heartbeat and notify the user of the irregularity. March 2005

Criticare Systems releases new blood pressure measurement technology
Criticare Systems has released a new technology platform for non-invasive blood pressure measurement utilizing a traditional BP cuff. This system is based on the Criticare-pioneered "on inflation" principal but adds a greater level of patient comfort, safety, accuracy, reading speed and tolerance of a wide range of physical and environmental conditions. March 2005

Medwave launches new blood pressure module developers kit
Medwave has released its new enhanced OEM module developers kit, which allows medical device manufacturers to sample the Medwave blood pressure technology in a development setting without investment in engineering resources or time. March 2005

Arrhythmia Research Technology, to sponsor satellite session at ISHNE/ISE congress in Gdansk
Arrhythmia Research Technology will sponsor a satellite session, "Signal Averaged ECG — Is SAECG Back?" at the The Joint Congress of the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology (ISHNE) and the International Society of Electrocardiology (ISE) in Gdansk from June 2–4, 2005. March 2005

SonoSite to highlight cardiac capabilities of TITAN ultrasound system at congress
SonoSite will showcase its high performance TITAN ultrasound system, including the new SonoCalc IMT software for assessment of cardiovascular risk, at the 54th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), March 6-9, 2005. March 2005

Edwards Lifesciences pays tribute to Dr Jeremy Swan's contributions to medical technology
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation paid tribute today to the late Jeremy Swan, M.D., chairman emeritus of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's division of cardiology and co-inventor of the Edwards Swan-Ganz pulmonary artery catheter. The device has helped clinicians evaluate cardiovascular performance during heart surgery in more than 25 million patients. February 2005

Nexense launches home monitoring products based on contactless biosensors
The new product line is based on Nexense’s biosensor platform, which offers contact-free monitoring of vital signs, including heart and pulse rate, in a non-intrusive and non-radiating manner. February 2005

Study shows effectiveness of blood pressure monitor in emergency transport
Medwave's Vasotrac blood pressure monitor performed with a high degree of accuracy in the in ground ambulance, helicopter and jet air transport vehicles. February 2005

Thousands of UK heart failure deaths could be prevented, according to new survey
One of the largest surveys ever undertaken on heart failure shows that inadequate awareness, diagnosis and treatment may be contributing to thousands of preventable deaths every year. In the UK, heart failure claims at least 24,000 lives each year. February 2005

Long Beach Memorial to implant world's first device to manage the heart's fluid accumulation. January 2005

OR-Live.com presents: live heart surgical broadcast of a robotic assisted Mitral valve repair. January 2005

Boston Scientific launches drug-eluting stent system. January 2005

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