FDA clears Abiomed heart pump after concerns over death rate

Months after federal regulators warned doctors that one of the heart pumps made by Danvers ’ Abiomed could be linked to a higher rate of death than previously thought, the company’s device has been cleared by the FDA. Abiomed (Nasdaq: ABMD) manufactures several small devices that can be inserted into patients’ heart ventricles to pump blood and give the organ’s muscles time to r ecover after a heart attack. The FDA notified doctors in February that it was evaluating a higher-than-previously-observed…
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Publication date: Available online 18 October 2019Source: Biosensors and BioelectronicsAuthor(s): Wei Yin Lim, Choon-Hian Goh, T. Malathi Thevarajah, Boon Tong Goh, Sook Mei KhorAbstractRecently, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has attracted much attention in medical diagnosis applications owing to better detection sensitivity and lower limit of detection (LOD) than colorimetric detection. In this paper, a novel calibration-free SERS−based μPAD with multi-reaction zones for simultaneous quantitative detection of multiple cardiac biomarkers — GPBB, CK−MB and cTnT for early diagnosis and prognos...
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Publication date: Available online 18 October 2019Source: The SurgeonAuthor(s): Oleksandr Khoma, Miho Mugino, Gregory L. FalkAbstractPatients with giant hiatal hernia (GHH) are often symptomatic and have significantly reduced quality of life (QoL). Advanced age is a predictor of increased morbidity and mortality in open hiatal surgery, however, outcomes of laparoscopic surgery in patients over the age of 80 are limited to case reports and small case series.Data was extracted from a prospectively maintained database. Consecutive patients over the age of 80 with GHH that have undergone surgery were included. Peri-operative m...
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Publication date: Available online 16 October 2019Source: Journal of the American College of RadiologyAuthor(s): Cindy Yuan, Kirti Kulkarni, Brittany Z. DashevskyAbstractObjectiveTo evaluate the impact of comorbid conditions and age on mammography use.MethodsWe used data from the 2011 to 2015 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which contained records for 40,752 women over the age of 40. Use was defined as a mammogram within the previous 1 or 2 years, analyzed separately. A logit model was employed to evaluate associations between use and comorbidities and age. Statistical significance was defined by a P value
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(Reuters Health) - Women who go through menopause earlier in life may be more likely to have a heart attack or stroke before they reach age 60 than their counterparts who go through menopause later on, a recent study suggests.
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Authors: Jeong MJ, Kwon H, Kim MJ, Han Y, Kwon TW, Cho YP Abstract Purpose: We aimed to compare clinical outcomes after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) between Korean patients with and without severe contralateral extracranial carotid stenosis or occlusion (SCSO). Methods: Between January 2004 and December 2014, a total of 661 patients who underwent 731 CEAs were stratified by SCSO (non-SCSO and SCSO groups) and analyzed retrospectively. The study outcomes included the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE), defined as stroke or myocardial infarction, and all-cause mortality during the perioperat...
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The risk of cardiovascular disease skyrockets for women who have been hospitalized for bulimia nervosa, astudy inJAMA Psychiatry reports. The risk is greatest in the first two years after hospitalization and remains high for another three years before disappearing at the 10-year mark.“Our findings suggest that women with a history of bulimia nervosa should be informed of an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death in the first decade after the index admission for bulimia,” wrote Rasmi M. Tith, R.D., M.P.H., of the University of Waterloo in Ontario and colleagues. “ These women may benefit from s...
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Publication date: Available online 17 October 2019Source: Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition)Author(s): Luis M. Rincón, Marcelo Sanmartín, Gonzalo L. Alonso, José Antonio Rodríguez, Alfonso Muriel, Eduardo Casas, Miguel Navarro, Alejandra Carbonell, Carla Lázaro, Sara Fernández, Paz González, Macarena Rodríguez, Manuel Jiménez-Mena, Covadonga Fernández-Golfín, Amparo Esteban, María Laura García-Bermejo, José L. ZamoranoAbstractIntroduction and objectivesTo evaluate whether a genetic risk score (GRS)...
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