While the patient perceptions of robotic surgery can be debated, panelists at the annual TCT Conference agreed that robotic surgery is effective, but it's not for every patient and it is certainly not ready for prime time.
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Fed up with criticism that the AliveCor ECG isn't as good as a traditional 12-lead ECG used in hospitals AliveCor co-founder Dr. Dave Albert took to the stage at USC's 7th annual Body Computing Conference to dispel myths and announce new developments at the company.
If you don't have a plan to get into the Asia Pacific market yet, now is the time to look at the region carefully. The Asia Pacific market is valued at $55 billion, about a quarter of the total $230 billion medtech market. The UBM Canon Medtech World team, which includes MD+DI put this infographic together from trusted sources to show the various opportunities in different medical technology sectors.
FDA staff reviewers' concerns about Abbott Vascular's mitral regurgitation repair device seem to have been dismissed by an FDA panel who recommended its approval
Signs of heart disease have been found in mummies from all over the world, reports the Lancet .
The Valentine's Day episode of the hit series “Grey's Anatomy” featured Dr. Cristina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) performing a heart procedure using a device known as The Parachute. The device, which is currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States, is a minimally-invasive, catheter-based treatment for heart failure. CardioKinetix, the company behind The Parachute, says the device partitions the coronary muscle damaged by a heart attack from the healthy, functional segments of the heart.
A recent short film titled “Heart Stop Beating” made by Jeremiah Zagar provides a glimpse into the development of the technology and its use to save the life of Craig Lewis, a 55-year-old man dying from amyloidosis.
French research organization CEA-Leti is spearheading the development of a pacemaker that is eight times smaller than contemporary models. The product of the Heart-Beat Scavenger (HBS) Consortium, which also includes Sorin Group, TIMA, Cedrat Technologies, Tronics, and EASII IC, the device harvests mechanical energy directly from the heart, which enables the pacemaker to forego the need for batteries and the surgeries required to change periodically change them.
Infections associated with pacemakers and defibrillators were the subject of a study involving Medicare beneficiaries conducted by the Mayo Clinic, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and TYRX Inc. TYRX , a company specializing in site-specific infections for implantable devices, provided financial support for the study.
Here’s one that’s very close to my heart, speaking figuratively, not literally. A new pacemaker, developed by Medtronic, allows patients with the device to undergo MRIs, thanks to an approval last month by the FDA.
Medtronic, which recently made the news because of its recent job cuts , is developing a miniature, injectable pacemaker that could be ready for market introduction within five years. The device, which is roughly the size of a Tic Tac, could be inserted into the heart using a technique similar to cardiac catheterization. The pacemaker would be substantially smaller than currently available pacemakers, which are generally about the size of a silver dollar.
Some would argue that women have enough difficulties without being slighted in healthcare. But that's what Rita F. Redberg, a professor of medicine and director of Women's Cardiovascular Services at UC San Francisco and a member of the FDA Circulatory System Devices Panel, contends in a new report.
Around the world, millions die because they can't afford pacemakers. In the latest issue of Circulation , experts from the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center discuss the legality and logistics of recycling pacemakers. In other words, these devices could be collected after they are removed for burial or cremation, sterilized, and then reused.
Medical filters used to prevent blood clots should be removed from the body as soon as the clot risk has passed, says an advisory report from FDA. The warning comes because of 900 reports about problems with these filters collected since 2005. Problems can arise when filters are left inside veins too long. The devices can shift, and pieces can break off, drift through the bloodstream and perforate vital organs including the heart, according to adverse event reports.