Tag Archive for Cardiac Surgery

Injectable Tissue Patch to Fix Broken Hearts

Scientists at the University of Toronto have developed a bandage-like patch that can be delivered into the heart through a needle, in combination with stem cells allowing for minimally invasive cardiac tissue repair, currently an impossible task. After a massive heart attack, myocardial tissue damage can significantly reduce the cardiac output. One (Read more...)

Medtronic’s CoreValve Evolut Transcatheter Aortic Valves Now Approved for Intermediate Risk Patients

Medtronic has announced that its CoreValve Evolut transcatheter aortic valve replacement platform, consisting of CoreValve, CoreValve Evolut R, CoreValve Evolut PRO, is now FDA approved for patients with “symptomatic severe aortic stenosis who are at an intermediate risk for open-heart surgery.” Previously, the products were o (Read more...)

Edwards SAPIEN 3 Cardiac Valve FDA Approved for Mitral and Aortic Valve-in-Valve Procedures

Edwards Lifesciences received FDA approval for its SAPIEN 3 transcatheter prosthetic heart valve to be used for valve-in-valve procedures. Indicated for placement within both the aortic and mitral valves in patients at risk of undergoing open heart surgery to remove an existing valve, the SAPIEN 3 can reside within a previously implanted biopr (Read more...)

Sentinel Cerebral Protection System for Preventing Strokes During Transcatheter Valve Repairs Cleared by FDA

While transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR) procedures can help avoid open heart surgeries in many fragile patients, there is a substantial risk that embolic debris is released from the calcified valves. The brain is particularly in danger, as the dislodged material can block blood vessels feeding it and result in strokes. Claret Medic (Read more...)

Spectranetics Bridge Occlusion Balloon Plugs Large Vessel Tears Caused by Lead Extractions

Spectranetics, a Colorado Springs, CO firm, won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Bridge Occlusion Balloon, a device used to block large vessels, typically the superior vena cava (SVC), if a tear happens while removing cardiac leads. Though tears are rare, when they do happen the rapid blood loss can be difficult to manage. The Bridge Occlusion [&h (Read more...)