CorMatrix launches Tyke cardiac tissue repair device for neonates

CorMatrix Cardiovascular said today it launched its CorMatrix Tyke cardiac tissue repair patch designed for correcting congenital heart defects in neonates and infants, touting the 1st successful procedures utilizing the patch. The CorMatrix Tyke is a patch designed to repair pericardial structures and as an epicardial covering or for intracardiac defects, septal defects, annulus repair, suture-line buttressing. “We are excited to partner with our pediatric cardiac surgeons to deliver Tyke as product developed to address a specific need in the neonatal and infant population. CorMatrix Tyke is one of the few products commercially available that is specifically designed and labeled for the treatment of neonate and infant cardiac tissue repair,” CEO Andrew Green said in a prepared statement. The Tyke patch features 2 layers of CorMatrix ECM, which the Roswell, Ga.-based company said is 2 layers less than its standard ECM patch, making it smaller and lighter for young patients. CorMatrix said the patch was developed as an alternative to synthetic grafts and patches to improve the repairing of complex reocnstructive surgeries in young patients with congenital heart defects such as atrial-septal defects and small pulmonary vessels. “The availability of Tyke and its 2 ply construction will allow us the ability to repair the tiniest structures in the most delicate and tiniest of newborn babies, and achieve a more accurate—and hopefully—more durable ...
Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. Source Type: news

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ConclusionHigh rates of detection are mainly due to low rates of referral when indicated and possibly parental anxiety about a CHD diagnosis.
Source: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis report highlights the view that congenital disorders of glycosylation type 1a should be excluded when faced with congenital heart defect with cerebellar atrophy or neurodevelopmental delay, especially when the situation of congenital heart defect becomes more and more severe.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
A 3-day-old male child was referred to us for evaluation of pulsatile mass in epigastrium. Examination showed long tubular mass —diverticulum like—in epigastrium, pulsating in synchrony with cardiac motion. Baby was acyanotic with saturation of 96%. Electrocardiogram was unremarkable with sinus rhythm. Chest X-ray showed situs solitus with levocardia without any skeletal abnormalities like cleft sternum. Echocardiography showed left ventricular apical diverticulum with systolic flow into diverticulum and diastolic jet towards left ventricular cavity along with a small subaortic ventricular septal defect and a s...
Source: European Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Jennifer D’Ercole McKenna, 49, is a patient pioneer — part of a small but growing group of middle-age adults with congenital heart disease who had surgical repair in infancy or early childhood. “It’s hard for doctors to answer questions about how long I’m going to live. I ask, ‘Will I live until my 80s?’ and their response is, ‘That’s our goal.’” In 1966, the average life expectancy for someone with Jennifer’s diagnosis, Ebstein’s anomaly, was 37 years (39 for females and 33 for males). Jennifer shares her lifetime of wisdom with parents and...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Our Patients’ Stories BACH congenital heart disease Dr. Keri Shafer Dr. Michael Landzberg Dr. Sitaram Emani Source Type: news
One in 100 babies is born with some form of congenital heart defect (CHD).  Sometimes the issue is minor and doesn’t cause serious problems. Other times, the heart can’t function properly and needs immediate, invasive surgery. As kids with CHD grow up, they learn their condition will follow them for life and need continued attention. Every CHD heart is unique, but some experiences are universal, and kids and families can help support one another through challenging times. The Heart Experience Journal, created by the Department of Psychiatry and the Heart Center, represents the “collective wisdo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Experience Journal atrial septal defect congenital heart defect congenital heart disease Heart Center Source Type: news
Editor’s note: “Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List” is a monthly roundup where we share some of the most compelling health care narratives driving the news and conversation in recent weeks. Disability In STEM Jesse Shanahan, a master’s student in astronomy at Wesleyan University, has a physical disability. That makes her rare among students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, where only 9 percent to 10 percent of undergraduates, and only 1 percent of Ph.D. recipients, in the United States have disabilities. Beyond the physical barriers she faces—like inacc...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Elsewhere@ Health Affairs Featured Narrative Matters clinical trials Disabilities On Our Reading List Source Type: blogs
Conclusions Better diet quality is associated with a reduced occurrence of some conotruncal and septal heart defects. This finding suggests that a reduction in certain cardiac malformations may be an additional benefit of improved maternal diet quality, reinforcing current preconception care recommendations.
Source: Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition - Category: Perinatology & Neonatology Authors: Tags: Epidemiologic studies, Press releases, Congenital heart disease, Childhood nutrition, Diet, Pregnancy, Reproductive medicine, Childhood nutrition (paediatrics), Child health, Infant health, Infant nutrition (including breastfeeding) Original articles Source Type: research
Growing up with pioneering treatment is the latest What your patient is thinking piece from The BMJ. It is written by Liza Morton who was the world's first 11 day old baby with congestive heart failure to be attached to an external cardiac pacemaker for complete heart block. She was fitted with five early implantable pacemakers  by thoracotomy before age 7, she had surgical repair of her atrial septal defect and her first variable rate pacemaker in her early teens, and four further variable rate pacemakers. She describes her childhood memories of being treated for congenital h...
Source: Doc2Doc BMJ Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: forums
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year about 1966 babies are born with atrial septal defects (ASDs), representing about 5% of the 40,000 children born with some form of congenital heart defect in the United States.1,2 The prevalence is 6.1 ASDs/10,000 live births, with a trend toward an increase in numbers in the last decade.3 Natural history studies indicate that if left unrepaired ASDs can result in progressive right ventricular volume overload, leading ultimately to right heart failure, elevated pulmonary vascular resistance, atrial arrhythmias, systemic thromboembolic events, and ultimately death.
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Editorial commentary Source Type: research
Finding out your child has congenital heart disease (CHD) can send you on an emotional roller coaster. “You can’t help but think, is this my fault? What did I do wrong?” says Jessica Nigrelli, whose daughter Avery was diagnosed with CHD when she was 16 months old. When Avery was a baby, she had an on-again, off-again heart murmur that was checked every three months. When the murmur persisted at 16 months, her primary care doctor recommended she see a cardiologist from Boston Children’s Hospital. At the Heart Center’s outpatient clinic in Waltham, Dr. Susan Saleeb discovered Avery’s atria...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Heart conditions cardiac surgery congenital heart disease Heart Center Source Type: news
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