Potentially Disruptive Medtech Company Wins FDA Nod for HF Therapy
One of the 16 promising medtech companies in the private sector, as named in a Canaccord Genuity analyst report, earlier this year, has just received approval for its heart failure therapy. Impulse Dynamics noted it nabbed a nod from FDA for the Optimizer Smart System. The Orangeburg, NY-based company’s technology delivers Cardiac Contractility Modulation (CCM). Through CGM an electrical pulse is delivered during the absolute refractory period, which is just after heart contracts. In contrast to a pacemaker or defibrillator, CCM works by modulating the strength of the heart muscle contraction rather than ...
Source: MDDI - March 23, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Aortic Stenosis: Watchful Waiting Works Only for So Long
(MedPage Today) -- Study supports timely aortic valve replacement in asymptomatic patients (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 23, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

INFINITY: SBP Goal in High-Functioning Elderly Clear as WMH INFINITY: SBP Goal in High-Functioning Elderly Clear as WMH
The principal investigator discusses the effects of intensive vs standard systolic blood pressure on mobility, cognition, and cardiovascular outcomes in high-functioning elderly patients.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - March 22, 2019 Category: Radiology Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

CAD Patients With Cancer Diagnosis Face Significant Financial Burden
(MedPage Today) -- Researchers call for more interdisciplinary/integrated care of both conditions (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 22, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Middle-school screening uncovers diabetes, high cholesterol
(Reuters Health - In a small pilot study that screened 45 Ohio middle school students for cardiovascular risk factors, a third of the children had abnormal levels of cholesterol or blood sugar, and two kids were found to have undiagnosed diabetes. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

ACC: New Guidelines Issued for Primary Prevention of CVD
FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 -- Recommendations have been developed for primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD); the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guideline was published online March 17 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 22, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

MedStar Health agrees to $35M settlement over claims of unnecessary stent procedures
Columbia-based MedStar Health has agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that it paid kickbacks to a local cardiovascular group in return for referrals. The payment will resolve allegations that MedStar made payments to Pikesville, Maryland-based MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates in the kickback scheme. The scheme allegedly included lucrative cardiovascular procedures, including cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures, from Ja n.1,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 22, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Sharrow Source Type: news

German Court Dismisses TMVR Patent Case Between Edwards, Neovasc
Neovasc said it has won the latest round in its transcatheter mitral valve patent spat with Edwards Lifesciences. The Richmond, Canada-based company said a German court dismissed the case which was over a claim for co-inventorship of a European Patent for the Tiara device. Tiara is a self-expanding mitral bioprosthesis specifically designed to treat mitral valve regurgitation. In this latest case, CardiAQ, a company Edwards acquired in 2014 for $400, had originally claimed full ownership rights to one of Neovasc's European patent applications for its Tiara. In June 2017, the first-instance court in Munich had awarded co-ow...
Source: MDDI - March 22, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

MedStar Health agrees to $35M settlement over claims of unnecessary stent procedures
MedStar Health has agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that it paid kickbacks to a local cardiovascular group in return for referrals. The payment will resolve allegations that MedStar made payments to Pikesville-based MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates in the kickback scheme. The scheme allegedly included lucrative cardiovascular procedures, including cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures, from Jan.1, 2006 to July 31, 2011.  The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 21, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Sharrow Source Type: news

MedStar Health agrees to $35M settlement over claims of unnecessary stent procedures
MedStar Health has agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that it paid kickbacks to a local cardiovascular group in return for referrals. The payment will resolve allegations that MedStar made payments to Pikesville-based MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates in the kickback scheme. The scheme allegedly included lucrative cardiovascular procedures, including cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures, from Jan.1, 2006 to July 31, 2011.  The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 21, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ryan Sharrow Source Type: news

IceCure Medical touts interventional radiology cryoablation study data
IceCure Medical yesterday released data from an interventional radiology study of its liquid-nitrogen-based cryoablation technology. Results from the study were presented at the Annual European Association of Urology Congress in Barcelona, the Israel-based company said. IceCure Medical’s ProSense cryoablation system uses liquid nitrogen technology for the treatment of benign and cancerous tumors through freezing, the company said. “The ProSense system has already demonstrated excellent progress as a rapid, in-office solution for the treatment of breast tumors. This new data adds to our growing clinical evi...
Source: Mass Device - March 21, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials IceCure Medical Ltd. Source Type: news

FDA approves Otimizer Smart heart failure device from Impulse Dynamics
The FDA today said it approved the Optimizer Smart heart failure device developed by Impulse Dynamics under its breakthrough device designation. The Stuttgart, Germany-based company’s device is designed to remodel the myocardium to increase the heart’s efficiency using “cardiac contractility modulation” – non-excitatory electrical pulses delivered to the heart muscle. An FDA advisory panel last December recommended approval for Optimizer Smart, voting voted 12-1 on safety, 11-2 on efficacy and 12-0, with a single abstention, that its benefits outweigh the risks. The system has had CE Mark appr...
Source: Mass Device - March 21, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Impulse Dynamics Source Type: news

Inhaled, IV Anesthestics Even in Cardiac Surgery Survival
(MedPage Today) -- MYRIAD trial doesn't favor cardioprotection of sevoflurane, similar drugs (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 21, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Aspirin: Have the New Guidelines Changed What You Should Do?
For many people without evidence of cardiovascular disease, less will be more – with the benefit of aspirin just not worth the risk and inconvenience – and that is particularly true for those older than 70 years or with an increased risk of bleeding. And that fits just fine with the new guidelines. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Harlan Krumholz, Contributor Source Type: news

Wake Forest Baptist Health to open cardiovascular center in Triad city
Heart patients in the Elkin area will soon be able to be seen by physicians affiliated with Wake Forest Baptist Health. The Winston-Salem-based academic medical center will open Wake Forest Baptist Health Heart and Vascular, a cardiovascular clinic located at 100 Johnson Ridge Medical Park next to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Dr. David Kay, a cardiologist based in Mt. Airy, will lead the practice while continui ng to see patients at his home office. Kay is board certified in internal medicine… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 21, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John Joyce Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health
A new study examines the link between gut bacteria, aging, and cardiovascular health. The authors conclude that 'the fountain of youth may lie in the gut.' (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiovascular / Cardiology Source Type: news

Abiomed ’ s stake in Shockwave is worth at least $58m
The $10 million Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) put into Shockwave Medical (NSDQ:SWAV) has paid off so far no matter how you slice it. Shockwave raised nearly $97 million in an initial public offering earlier this month, inking a private-placement deal with Abiomed on the side for $10.0 million worth of SWAV shares at the $17-per-share IPO price. In a regulatory filing today, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Shockwave said Abiomed owns nearly 1.7 million shares, or a 6.0% stake. With SWAV shares trading at $34.55 apiece today in mid-morning activity (up 4.8%), Danvers, Mass.-based Abiomed’s share would be worth roughly $58.7 million if...
Source: Mass Device - March 21, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiovascular Featured Wall Street Beat Abiomed Shockwave Medical Source Type: news

Novo Nordisk seeks FDA nod for oral diabetes pill
Novo Nordisk (NYSE:NVO) said this week that it submitted applications to the FDA for its oral formulation of semaglutide, a once-daily glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist therapy. The company is hoping its pill will be approved as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with Type 2 diabetes. Novo Nordisk also submitted for approval of an indication related to risk reduction of major adverse cardiovascular events. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post Novo Nordisk seeks FDA nod for oral diabetes pill appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - March 21, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Business/Financial News Diabetes Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat Novo Nordisk Source Type: news

ACC: Robust Evidence Lacking for Many Cardiovascular Guidelines
THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 -- Only a small proportion of recommendations in major cardiovascular society guidelines are supported by evidence from multiple randomized controlled trials (RCTs) or a single large RCT, according to a study published in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

A morning fitness routine that's good for your brain, too
Cardiovascular exercise is good for blood flow, which benefits the body and the brain. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study links perimenopause to accelerated fat mass gains, lean mass losses
(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) A UCLA-led study confirms what women approaching menopause have long suspected: menopause does make fat go up. The study finds that women undergoing perimenopause lost lean body mass and more than doubled their fat mass. The research demonstrates that body mass index (BMI) is a very important clinical tool for predicting health events, such as getting diabetes or having cardiovascular disease -- but is a less useful gauge of cardio-metabolic risk in older women. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 21, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Radial vs Femoral; P2Y12 Inhibitor Monotherapy; PCI With Microbubbles
(MedPage Today) -- Advances in interventional cardiology at ACC 2019 (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 21, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Detecting Arrhythmias in Clinical Trials Using ECG Monitoring, New...
Clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine have grown in size, scope and complexity, requiring instruments for monitoring the heart to keep pace. Electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring has evolved from...(PRWeb March 21, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/detecting_arrhythmias_in_clinical_trials_using_ecg_monitoring_new_webinar_hosted_by_xtalks/prweb16185858.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Study links perimenopause to accelerated fat mass gains, lean mass losses
FINDINGSThe menopause transition, also known as perimenopause, is the time in a woman ’s life when hormonal changes lead to irregular menstruation, hot flashes and other symptoms leading up to menopause, when menstruation stops altogether. The researchers found that women undergoing perimenopause lost lean body mass and more than doubled their fat mass. The women’s lean and fat mass remained stable after the transition to menopause. The researchers also noted ethnic/racial differences in the impact of menopause on body composition.BACKGROUNDThe relationship between menopause and changes in body composition...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 20, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Bet Your Toilet Seat Can & #039;t Do This!
Every now and then we come across a technology that just begs the question: How on Earth did they think of that? Case in point, a toilet seat designed to detect heart failure by measuring a patient's biometrics during "natural" processes.  A team of researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are responsible for the idea, which is intended to lower hospital readmission rates by alerting doctors of a patient's deteriorating cardiovascular condition before the patients even realize they have symptoms. The idea is for hospitals to buy the seats and issue them to heart failure patie...
Source: MDDI - March 20, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Sugary Drinks Tied to Cardiovascular Disease Mortality
Comparing extreme categories of consumption, SSB linked to increased CVD mortality, cancer mortality (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - March 20, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pediatrics, Journal, Source Type: news

Low EF Heart Failure Benefits Most From SGLT2 Diabetes Drug
(MedPage Today) -- DECLARE substudy doesn't leave HFpEF entirely out, though (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 20, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Resistant Hypertension Common in SLE
(MedPage Today) -- Previously unrecognized cardiovascular risk factor (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 20, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Living alone does not appear to worsen heart disease
(Reuters Health) - For people with well-controlled heart disease, living alone isn't linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, a large study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Filipino, Vietnamese heart disease death risk higher than other Asian-American groups
Certain groups, or subgroups, within the Asian-American community are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than others, new research shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Just 10 Minutes of Exercise a Week May Be Enough to Extend Your Life, Study Says
Exercising for just 10 minutes a week is linked to a longer life, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Several recent studies have found that even low-intensity exercise, done for a short amount of time, can have a meaningful impact on health. Still, the idea that exercising for 10 minutes a week — less time than it takes to watch a TV show, do a load of laundry or make a pot of pasta — may be enough to increase your lifespan is novel. It’s also somewhat controversial, since the federal physical activity guidelines recommend getting at least 75 minutes of vigorous ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Exercise/Fitness Source Type: news

Sugary Drinks Tied to Cardiovascular Disease Mortality
WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 -- Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with increased mortality, mainly cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, according to a study published online March 18 in Circulation. Vasanti S. Malik,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Toilet seat that detects congestive heart failure getting ready to begin commercialization
(Rochester Institute of Technology) A toilet-seat based cardiovascular monitoring system created by a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers aims to lower the hospital readmission rates of patients with congestive heart failure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trial Pinpoints Effective BP Combos for Black Africans
(MedPage Today) -- Side effect profiles likely to guide treatment choices (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 20, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Prescriptions for healthy food might save lives - and money
(Reuters Health) - Healthy food prescriptions written for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries might lower the risk of costly chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and at the same time lower the costs of care, a new study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

High cholesterol: Eating this many eggs a week could raise risk of cardiovascular disease
HIGH cholesterol can be caused by eating an unhealthy diet and increases the risk of serious health conditions. While eggs are associated with a healthy diet, a new study has linked them to high cholesterol consumption and suggested they can “significantly” increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Food prescriptions may prevent heart disease in 2 million people
If Medicaid and Medicare provided fruits and vegetables, it could prevent cardiovascular disease in about 1.93 million beneficiaries, according to new research. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First Trial Pins Down Alcohol-Afib Link
(MedPage Today) -- Recurrences down with abstinence (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 19, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Green Eggs and … Death? Green Eggs and … Death?
A new study says that egg consumption is linked to cardiovascular events and death. Should we start cutting back?Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

HeartFlow highlights FFR-CT trial at ACC
Cardiovascular software developer HeartFlow is touting a presentation at the...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: HeartFlow wins UnitedHealthcare contract HeartFlow partners with Imperial College London HeartFlow secures $240M in financing 7 new insurers to cover HeartFlow's software HeartFlow nets more coverage for its software (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 19, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Add-On Bempedoic Acid Leads to Moderate LDL Reduction (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Novel agent would be useful, but not a blockbuster, cardiologists say (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 19, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

These drinks are linked to much higher risk of early death
New research finds drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day is linked to a 31 percent higher risk of early death from cardiovascular disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ACC 2019 Roundup – ReCor touts six-month Paradise renal denervation study results
This study effectively shows that by giving health consumers the tools they need to better manage their health, we can empower them to live healthier lives,” senior study author and chief medical officer Dr. Bimal Shah said in a prepared statement. Read more  Neovasc presents Reducer data Neovasc (NSDQ:NVCN) said today that it released data on its Neovasc Reducer device during the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. During the session, researchers explored the treatment of refractory angina in patients with no options, Vancouver-based Neovasc said, tou...
Source: Mass Device - March 19, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Assist Devices Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Featured Patient Monitoring ReCor Medical Source Type: news

Trials Back Shorter DAPT After Stenting
(MedPage Today) -- Dropping aspirin after a few weeks found non-inferior to standard yearlong regimen (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - March 19, 2019 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Cardioversion of Obese Patients Cardioversion of Obese Patients
What do we know about the efficacy and safety of conventional cardioversion methods in obese patients? Should alternative techniques be considered in this population?Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Classification of Deaths in Cardiovascular Outcomes Trials Classification of Deaths in Cardiovascular Outcomes Trials
How common are undetermined cause of deaths in cardiovascular outcomes trials, and what are the implications of these findings?Circulation (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

If you drink 2+ sugary drinks a day, your risk of early death increases by 31 percent, study says
A Harvard-led study in the journal, Circulation, found people who drink two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day have a 31 percent higher risk of early death from cardiovascular disease. Each additional soda, sports drink, or sugary beverage increased the risk by 10 percent. Dr. Tara Narula joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the findings. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For heart disease prevention, skip the daily aspirin
Daily intake of low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks is no longer recommended. That’s according to 2019 guidance on cardiovascular disease prevention from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Exceptions include older patients who are at high risk, reports CNN.  “Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people with out known cardiovascular disease. It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caitlin Mullen Source Type: news

Light Activity Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Older Women Light Activity Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Older Women
The prospective trial, which used objectively measured movement, found that the performance of regular household tasks was associated with significant reductions in cardiovascular risk.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Light Physical Activity Tied to Lower CHD, CVD Risk in Women
TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 -- Light physical activity (PA) is associated with reductions in coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) among older women, according to a study published online March 15 in JAMA Network Open. Andrea Z.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 19, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news