Biotronik launches Itrevia MRI-safe quad CRT-D in Japan

Biotronik said today that it launched its Itrevia MRI-safe quad cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator in Japan, part of a Japanese rollout of new devices for 2015. The device is equipped with home monitoring connectivity, as well as compatibility with up to 1.5 tesla MRI machines, the German medical device giant said. “As a producer of superior medical technologies, it is imperative for us to have a presence in the world’s leading technologies market. It also makes sense that the world’s biggest producer of ProMRI technology should have a strong presence in the country where MRI scanning is the most common. Our commitment to producing products that assist both physicians’ and patients’ needs has resonated with the Japanese market, as has our unwavering sense of responsibility when it comes to helping patients live normal lives,” Biotronik Japan managing director Jeffrey Annis said in a press release. The CRT-D device will allow full MRI scans, something Biotronik said is advisable given the rate of co-morbidities in patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices. “Patients implanted with CIEDs can have a variety of underlying diseases such as sick sinus syndrome, complete AV block, atrial fibrillation with bradycardia, ventricular arrhythmias and/or chronic heart failure. So, it is important that the implanted device is compatible with MRI scans as the risk of stroke is always present,” Dr. Kenji Ando...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Surgical Biotronik Source Type: news

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The most common form of sustained cardiac arrhythmia, which is characterized by irregular heartbeats, is atrial fibrillation (AF). The maintenance of AF is mediated by changes in the atrial structural and electrical properties.1 AF is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke and heart failure,2,3 which are associated with enhanced morbidity, mortality, and socioeconomic burden.4 The prevalence of AF is estimated to markedly increase as the population ages. Therefore, it is important to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying AF.
Source: Heart and Lung - Category: Intensive Care Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of reviewIn this review article, we aim to describe the pathophysiology of concomitant atrial fibrillation and both left and right heart failure, as well as pronounce the prognosis of having these two conditions simultaneously. This review also summarizes the current management of atrial fibrillation including stroke and thromboembolism prevention in the presence of systolic and diastolic heart failure.Recent findingsWhile rhythm control strategy is not superior to rate control strategy in atrial fibrillation patients without heart failure, catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation has shown to improve outc...
Source: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
AbstractAimsRight ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) is a common finding in Anderson –Fabry disease (AFD), but the prognostic role of right ventricular (RV) involvement has never been assessed. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prognostic significance of RVH and RV systolic function in AFD.Methods and resultsForty ‐five AFD patients (56% male patients) with extensive baseline evaluation, including assessment of RVH and RV systolic function, were followed‐up for an average of 51.2 ± 11.4 months. RV systolic function was assessed by standard and tissue Doppler echocardiography. Cardiovascula...
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
IRVINE, CA – May 8, 2020 – Johnson &Johnson Medical Devices Companies* today announced that Biosense Webster, Inc.’s THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® SF Ablation Catheter, evaluated in the PRECEPT study for the treatment of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), resulted in freedom from any documented, symptomatic atrial arrhythmias at 15 months post-procedure for eight out of ten study participants (80.4 percent).1 Use of the THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH SF CATHETER for persistent atrial fibrillation is investigational only. This PRECEPT study data support a Premarket Approval supplement application to the U.S. Foo...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news
Int J Angiol DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1708529Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in the adult population, and its incidence and prevalence are still rising. Cardiac devices are widely used in clinical practice in the management of various rhythm disturbances and heart failure treatment. Many patients who receive a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, or cardiac resynchronization therapy also experience atrial fibrillation in the course of their life. Therefore, this review aims to describe the role of these devices in the treatment and prevention of atrial fibrillation in the device recipients. In ad...
Source: International Journal of Angiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
r Harst P, Juarez-Orozco LE Abstract BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) conveys worse clinical outcomes in coronary artery disease patients. The STOP-BANG score is a simple tool that evaluates the risk of OSA and can be added to the large number of clinical variables and scores obtained during the management of myocardial infarction (MI) patients. Currently, machine learning (ML) is able to select and integrate numerous variables to optimize prediction tasks. RESEARCH QUESTION: Can the integration of STOP-BANG score with clinical data and scores through ML better identify patients who suffered an in-ho...
Source: Chest - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Chest Source Type: research
Int J Angiol DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1705111Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia which may cause symptoms that significantly impact quality of life and is associated with increased risk of stroke, heart failure, and sudden death. Over the past three decades many surgical techniques as well as catheter-bases procedures have been developed to treat atrial fibrillation. In this review we describe the indications, treatments, outcomes, surgical techniques, and technical advances reported in the literature. [...] Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.Article in Thieme eJournals: Table of conten...
Source: International Journal of Angiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Invited Papers Source Type: research
Tatjana PS Abstract Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with increased risk of death, stroke and heart failure. The prevalence and incidence of AF is increasing due to better overall medical treatment, longer survival and increasing incidence of cardiometabolic and lifestyle risk factors. Treatment of AF and AF-related complications significantly increase health-care costs. In addition, use of conventional rhythm control strategies (i.g. antiarrhyhtmic drugs and catheter-ablation) is associated with limited efficacy for sinus rhythm maintenance and serious adverse effe...
Source: Polish Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Kardiol Pol Source Type: research
AbstractAtrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia and its prevalence is expected to further increase. Patients with atrial fibrillation have an increased risk of stroke (fivefold increased risk), heart failure, and death. In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, the most recent guidelines recommend the use of the CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure, arterial hypertension, age  >  75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke/transient ischemic attack, vascular disease, age 65–74 years, sex category) scoring system to identify those who may benefit from oral anticoagulant treatmen...
Source: Internal and Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
Michel Mirowski and his colleagues gave the field of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) a pretty good start, but what's more impressive is how far the technology has advanced since that first human ICD implant in February 1980. In the past 40 years we've seen ICDs become dramatically smaller, longer lasting, more capable, more personalized, subcutaneous (non-transvenous), and even MRI-firendly. And that's not to mention the advanced data connectivity and monitoring capabilities that the latest technologies offer. So without further ado, let's take a look at the current ICD landscape and the companie...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Implants Source Type: news
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