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    Doctors who suspect that a patient has had a myocardial infarction or is suffering from another heart disorder request a blood test to measure troponin, a protein released into the bloodstream by damaged heart muscle. According to Lars Halvor Langmoen, CEO of SpinChip, an Oslo point-of-care (POC) start-up, this...

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    ZOLL Medical Corporation recently received FDA premarket approval for its Hospital Wearable Defibrillator (HWD). The device offers continuous protection to hospitalized patients at risk for ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. The company cites evidence that delays in defibrillation increase mortality, as well as...

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    At the Congress for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) from August 27-31 in Rome, Siemens Healthineers presented what it calls its new “workflow approach” for complex, minimally invasive procedures. The goal is to help cardiologists optimize medical imaging at every stage of cardiology treatment, from diagnosis...

    Clinicians can now “deep dive” using virtual reality to understand and view aortic stent grafts. Medtronic, the Dublin-based medical technology company, has made available an app at iTunes and Google Play that enables doctors to understand the use of stent grafts in dealing with aortic pathologies. Specifically, the...

    Researchers at the University of Missouri have been testing the benefits of non-invasive, contact-free bed sensors for the health of elderly people living in a retirement community. The sensors continuously monitor heart rate, respiration rate and overall cardiac activity. A hydraulic transducer, a flexible tube of...

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    Siemens Healthcare presented its Evar Guidance Engine software application package at the Charing Cross Symposium in London in late April. It is designed to “make work easier for surgeons.” The software is the first automated support for minimally invasive endovascular treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms....

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    Some may think the wearable ECG market is overcrowded, but seeing big players joining the throng shows there is still room. At Shanghai’s CMEF, a significant player jumped in—Mindray, one of China’s biggest and most diversified health care equipment companies. Its Mr. Wear was officially released on the Chinese market...

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    Accelerated visualization, depicting 3D cardiac anatomy, function, and flow analysis, with cloud-based image processing, are key advances of ViosWorks, a major innovation for cardiac MRI. Although ViosWorks is not yet commercially available, GE Healthcare and the San Francisco start-up Arterys showcased it at the...

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    The Phoenix Children’s Heart Center created a couple of years ago its own in-house Cardiac 3D Print Lab. Dr. Justin Ryan, lead research scientist at the lab, and Dr. Stephen Pophal, interventional cardiologist, explained to MedicalExpo how 3D printed models of babies’ hearts represent a tremendous aid in surgical...

    A medical breakthrough, bioresorbable scaffolds are designed to repair and restore diseased coronary vessels. They are intended to deliver results similar to drug-eluting stents before being completely resorbed by the body. Despite some limitations, they usher in a new era for interventional cardiology.   A couple of...

    The U.S. company CardioFocus just won approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its HeartLight endoscopic cardiac ablation system for treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. The HeartLight consists of a balloon catheter, a deflectable sheath introducer, an endoscope and an integrated console. The main...

    The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is 2.5 cm long and 93 percent smaller than conventional pacemakers, making it the smallest in the world, according to manufacturer Medtronic. Conventional pacemakers are surgically implanted. The Micra system is delivered via a minimally invasive technique, through a thin tube...

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    The MoMe Kardia by InfoBionic, which received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March, is a remote patient monitoring system designed to help detect cardiac arrhythmia. It collects all ECG, respiration and movement data from the patient and continuously streams it via the Cloud to a physician...

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    The Pennsylvania-based company CardiacAssist received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance  in March for its new product, the TandemLung oxygenator. The device acts exactly like an artificial lung by infusing the blood with oxygen and removing carbon dioxide. After its TandemHeart pump was cleared for use with...

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    Customed, German provider of IT solutions for medical technology and cardiology, revealed at the conhIT Conference in Berlin from 19-21 April its new Custo watch, an easy-to-use long-term ECG. As opposed to conventional electrocardiograms with adhesive electrode pads attached to patient’s body, the company’s...

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    The emergence of wearable biosensors might be fantastic for tracking the cardiovascular health of individual patients, but it raises questions of reliability of the data as well as ethical issues. Tracking the movements of patients’ hearts has become commonplace with the advent of small, wearable cardiovascular...

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    The U.S. technology giant IBM is working on new software which aims to become an automated radiology assistant. Its code name is AviCenna, after the 11th century philosopher who wrote a medical encyclopedia. This software examines medical images using a suite of different image-processing algorithms. It can identify...

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    The rise of 3D printing represents a huge advance in surgical planning by improving our understanding of anatomy. One London hospital to recognize the potential of this promising technology is Charing Cross, which has an active surgical research laboratory.    James Duncan, clinical research fellow and the rest of the...

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    Medical professionals are now moving forward on 4D-printed objects, generating structures that change shape and functionality without external intervention. We might soon see 4D-printed cardiac stents, but only time will tell. Although 4D printing surfaced a few years ago, its description remains debatable. Stratasys...

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    The ability to produce highly detailed three-dimensional models from radiological scans is a huge advance, not only in prosthetics and implants but also in surgical preparation.   Hospitals generally use 3D printing to produce highly detailed models of patient-specific structures from CT and MRI scans. Images from...

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    Researchers from the Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital have integrated two imaging techniques to produce a three-dimensional anatomic model of a patient’s heart that is more detailed and more anatomically accurate. According to the hospital, the 3D model printing of patients’ hearts has become more...

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    Pioneering heart surgery of the 1960s and 70s produced revolutionary results, but at a cost to the patient in terms of extensive high-risk operations with the need for intensive care and long recovery times. In the past decade, transcatheter procedures have had a significant impact on the time needed for interventions...

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    A new, non-invasive technology that uses blood pressure cuffs to help screen people for signs of hardened arteries aims to find heart disease in young people, long before symptoms develop and early enough to do something about it. That is important because atherosclerosis kills nearly 14 million people globally each...

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    Usually, obesity goes hand-in-hand with high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. Schiller’s Cardiovit CS-200 Office is one of the latest generation digital electrocardiography (ECG) exercise test systems to detect cardiac abnormalities. Cardiovit CS-200 Office digital electrocardiography (ECG) exercise test...

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    A group of engineering students at Rice University has created a knee brace that generates electricity from walking and may someday help power artificial hearts. The students have been working with the engineering company Cameron International that partnered with the Texas Heart Institute to develop artificial heart...

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