Common Heart Defect Limits Exercise Ability: Study
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23, 2020 -- People born with a hole in their heart may lose 20% or more of their exercise capacity as they age, even if the defect is repaired. A ventricular septal defect is a hole in the wall separating the heart's pumping... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

What Are the Main Acyanotic Congenital Heart Diseases?
Discussion Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are malformations of the heart and great vessels. It occurs in about 5-8/1000 live births. Cyanotic congenital heart disease is often noted perinatally because of cyanosis, respiratory distress and/or poor feeding or other distress type problems. A review can be found here. Acyanotic congenital heart disease (ACHD) can present at birth but often is seen in older children or adults unless the lesions are severe, especially obstructive lesions. Severe lesions may also cause cyanosis and distress type problems in patients also. Shunting lesions cause problems by diverting blood flo...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - August 17, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Carag Receives U.S. FDA IDE Approval to Conduct Clinical Study of First Transcatheter Septal Occluder With Bioresorbable, Metal-free Framework
The U.S. trial for CE-marked CBSO is designed to enroll up to 250 patients in a staged study approach BAAR, Switzerland, July 1, 2020 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- CARAG AG, a privately-held Swiss medical device development company, toda... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology, FDA Carag AG, Carag Bioresorbable Septal Occluder, atrial septal defects (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - July 1, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

What Causes Bradycardia?
Discussion Bradycardia is a heart rate below what the lowest value that is normal for age. Infants and children have higher heart rates that slowly decrease with age to adult levels. It is usually noted as an incidental finding because of increased vagal tone. Reasons for cardiology referral include associated heart murmur, syncope especially if associated with exercise or unusual triggers, other signs such as chest pain or palpitations, family history of sudden cardiac death, congenital heart disease or familial heart disease, bradycardic medication use, or unusual symptoms associated with the concern. Severe bradycardia ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 22, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What Causes Tachycardia?
Discussion Tachycardia is a rapid heart rate that is above normal for age and level of exertion. Tachycardia is common, particularly sinus tachycardia due to normally encountered circumstances such as pain, fever or exercise. It is usually a normal physiologic process but sustained tachycardia often indicates a potentially abnormal underlying cause. Sinus tachycardia has a rapid heart rate with normal P waves and P-R intervals and variations from moment to moment and respiration. Generally it is not over 200 beats/minute. Vagal stimulation can slow the heart rate; this is a gradual slowing, not an abrupt slowing seen in ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 23, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Malawi: Mchinji Toddler With Hole in Heart Seeks Help
[Malawi News Agency] Mchinji -A two-year-old girl from Baziliyo Viillage Traditional Authority (TA) Zulu in Mchinji, Elube Kang'ombe needs K250, 000.00 support from well-wishers after being diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 6, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Toddler With Hole in Heart Seeks Help
[Nyasa Times] A two-year-old girl from Baziliyo Village Traditional Authority (TA) Zulu in Mchinji, Elube Kang'ombe needs K250 000 support from well-wishers after being diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 3, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Odds of Autism Up in Children With Congenital Heart Disease
Higher odds seen for specific lesions, including atrial, ventricular septal defects (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Report looks at pediatric heart surgery outcomes at Pennsylvania children's hospitals
The mortality rates for pediatric and congenital heart surgery performed at Pennsylvania children's hospitals were at or below risk-adjusted rates, according to a report released this week by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. The PHC4 report looks at outcomes for 10 such procedures — such as ventricular septal defect repair and complete atrioventricular canal repair — performed at five children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania and one in Delaware between 2014 and 2017. Those… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 13, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Report looks at pediatric heart surgery outcomes at area children's hospitals
The mortality rates for pediatric and congenital heart surgery performed at area children's hospitals were at or below risk-adjusted rates, according to a report released this week by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. The PHC4 report looks at outcomes for 10 such procedures — such as ventricular septal defect repair and complete atrioventricular canal repair — performed at five children’s hospitals in Pennsylvania and one in Delaware between 2014 and 2017. Those medical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

GORE(R) CARDIOFORM ASD Occluder Receives FDA Approval for the Treatment of Atrial Septal Defects
Data from the Gore ASSURED Clinical Study demonstrated 100 percent closure success at six months FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 4, 2019 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration'... Devices, Interventional, Cardiology, FDA W. L. Gore, patent foramen ovale, CARDIOFORM, Septal Occluder (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Five-month-old twin girls have never left hospital because they're too weak for heart surgery
Natasha and Hermione Sutcliffe, from Dundee, weighed just five pounds each when they were born and were found to have ventricular septal defects – holes in their hearts – which need repairing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

#MayoClinicRadio podcast: 2/23/19
Listen: Mayo Clinic Radio 2/23/19 Structural heart disease is a problem with the tissues or valves of the heart. On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Peter Pollak, director of Structural Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, discusses?mitral valve disease and another structural heart disease problem, patent foramen ovale?--?a hole in the heart that [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - February 25, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Abbott wins FDA approval for Amplatzer Piccolo occluder for neonates
The FDA granted pre-market approval for the Amplatzer Piccolo occluder made by Abbott (NYSE:ABT) to treat a congenital heart defect in neonatal infants as small as two pounds, the company said today. The Chicago-area healthcare giant said Amplatzer Piccolo is a transcatheter, self-expanding, wire mesh device that’s inserted via the aortic or pulmonary artery to close a hole in the heart known as patent ductus arteriosus. “Piccolo is a critical advancement in the standard of care for the most vulnerable of premature babies who may not be able to undergo surgery to repair their hearts,” structural...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Cardiac Implants Featured Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatrics Abbott Source Type: news

Traumatic ventricular septal defect resulting from a motor vehicle collision - Tonks R, Perkel D, Wehber A, Rogers B.
This case report describes a rare case of ventricular septal defect due to non-penetrating trauma in a 43 year old male involved in a motor vehicle collision. The diagnosis was made by echocardiogram and the patient was taken immediately to the operating r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Nigeria:Baby Osemudiamen Urgently Needs N2.5 Million for Hole-in-the-Heart Surgery
[This Day] Nine months old Osemudiamen Edionseri from Edo State urgently needs at least N2.5 million for a hole-in-the-heart surgery if he must live beyond the next few months and fulfill his life's dream. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 23, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria:Young Umoru Needs N4 Million to Correct Hole in the Heart
[Guardian] Benin City -The joy in the family of Afekhide Umoru from Ososo in Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo State when doctors told him that his barely one year old marriage would soon produce an offspring as his wife, Vivian had become pregnant, is almost in ruins. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gore Takes on Abbott with New PFO Stroke Indication
W.L. Gore & Associates has received FDA approval to expand the indication of the Gore Cardioform Septal Occluder to reduce the risk of recurrent ischemic stroke in patients. The device treats patients through the closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO). Cardioform’s previous indication was for the closure of atrial septal defects that are up to 17mm in size. Gore’s Structural Heart Leader, Jake Goble said Cardioform has the potential to redefine stroke prevention. Goble began working for Gore in 2007. It was around that time the company began to explore the possibility of having the Cardioform focus on stroke...
Source: MDDI - April 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Cardiovascular Source Type: news

Device used to close small hole in heart may protect against recurrent stroke
A device used to close a small hole in the heart may benefit certain stroke patients by providing an extra layer of protection for those facing years of ongoing stroke risk, according to the results of a large clinical trial led by UCLA researchers.“It is a major new treatment option for some people,” said Dr. Jeffrey Saver, director of theUCLA Comprehensive Stroke Center and lead author of the study. However, he added, “Using the device is going to have to be a considered clinical decision between the doctor and the patient about who’s the right person to get it.”Thefindings appear in the Sep...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 14, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

NHS cuts funding for umbrella-like device for stroke
Plugging a hole in the heart with an umbrella-like device can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, new studies show.   (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A tiny umbrella cuts stroke risk, but NHS won't fund it
Plugging a hole in the heart with an umbrella-like device can significantly reduce the risk of stroke, new studies show.   (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experience Journal: ‘Heart defects won’t keep me from reaching my goals’
Emily Ryan was born with coarctation of the aorta and a ventricular septal defect (VSD). But these congenital heart defects have never kept her down. Even though she’s had a pacemaker since age 4, she’s always led an extremely active lifestyle. Emily’s parents and her team of caregivers from the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital have helped Emily understand her heart condition and have given her the confidence and encouragement to realize her full potential — both in the classroom and on the track. Now a competitive Division 1 athlete and outdoor leader in college,...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 20, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Our Patients’ Stories coarctation of the aorta congenital heart defect Experience Journal Heart Center ventricular septal defect Source Type: news

ESOC 2017 Roundup: Gore touts lowered ischemic stroke, new brain infarcts in PFO Occluder test
W.L. Gore & Associates yesterday released results from the Reduce study of its Cardioform Septal Occluder devices used to close patent foramen ovale, touting a reduction in recurrent ischemic strokes and new brain infarcts. The Gore Cardioform Septal Occluder is designed to be inserted via catheter and is currently cleared by the FDA for closure of atrial septal defects. “It is of the utmost importance to us to be transparent and share clinical data as quickly as possible. We completed our two-year primary endpoint follow-up with patients in March and have worked diligently to release these important data to the ...
Source: Mass Device - May 18, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Catheters Clinical Trials Stryker W.L. Gore & Associates Source Type: news

Jimmy Kimmel Made Me Cry
Jimmy Kimmel is one funny guy. Do you remember when he duped the world with a video of a twerking girl who caught on fire? Almost 23 million people (suckers) watched that video. That’s the equivalent of every single person living in Ohio and Pennsylvania! What about his stunt at the Oscars when his mother made and served PB&J sandwiches to the celebrity audience? Classic. Given all of his antics, I never expected that Jimmy would make me cry. I never imagined that I would see Jimmy act like me, scared and completely vulnerable. This wasn’t a sketch. This was real life. On April 28, Jimmy and his wife welcom...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jimmy Kimmel baby's heart defect is common and fixable, cardiologist says
The hole-in-the-heart problem that plagues comedian Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son is one of the most common heart-related birth defects, and it usually can be fixed with surgery. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Case: Aneurysm of the Membranous Interventricular Septum Case: Aneurysm of the Membranous Interventricular Septum
Review the imaging findings and differential diagnosis in this case of a 19-year-old presenting with shortness of breath and a history of repaired ventricular septal defect.Applied Radiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Radiology Journal Article Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: April 7, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]New studies for umbilical cord allografts and tumor targeting were published this week while another company received European CE Marking. Here are some medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. AMNIOX touts new umbilical cord study AMNIOX Medical announced that it has published the results of 3 studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of umbilical cord tissue for treating chronic wounds, according to an April 7 press release. The company’s cryopreserved human umbilical cord tissue, NEOX Cord 1K was tested on 29 patients who needed a wound all...
Source: Mass Device - April 7, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Clinical Trials Radiosurgery Regulatory/Compliance Research & Development Spinal Wound Care Aesculap Implant Systems Amniox AngioDynamics Cianna Medical InVivo Therapeutics MedTech Nu-Med Occlutech Source Type: news

Occlutech Obtains European CE Mark for its Novel PmVSD Occluder
SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland, April 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Occlutech, a leading innovator of implants to treat structural heart disease, today announced that it has obtained European CE Mark approval for its Perimembranous Ventr... Devices, Cardiology, Regulatory Occlutech, PmVSD, Perimembranous Ventricular, Septal Defect Occluder (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Atrial septal defect (ASD)
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - March 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experience Journal: Coping with a child ’s congenital heart disease
At 16 months old, Avery was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect — a hole in the wall between the heart’s upper chambers that required open-heart surgery to repair. ​ Shock, fear and pride were just a few of the emotions Avery’s parents Jessica and Andrew experienced throughout their journey coping with their daughter’s congenital heart defect (CHD). The couple found it helpful to talk through their questions and feelings with other parents of children with a CHD, as well as with Avery’s caregivers from the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Now with...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 27, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories atrial septal defect Dr. Pedro del Nido Experience Journal Heart Center Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews January 2017
Improved Manikin Control Graphical user interface changed the way we interact with computers. Since the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, all computers have become more intuitive and require less knowledge of computer code for the everyday user. Continuing the trend of easy use, the new SimPad Plus from Laerdal has increased the processor speed, improved WiFi connectivity and added a Bluetooth connection to increase the number of manikins the SimPad Plus can control. Running scenarios with manikins or standardized patients remains intuitive and allows the instructor to be in the room or in a vehicle throughout the sim...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 30, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Cardiac imaging detects serious residual septal defects during child open heart surgery
Using cardiac imaging during heart surgery can detect serious residual holes in the heart that may occur when surgeons repair a child's heart defect, and offers surgeons the opportunity to close those holes during the same operation. Pediatric cardiology experts say using this tool, called transesophageal echocardiography, during surgery may improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cardiac imaging detects serious residual septal defects during child open heart surgery
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) Using cardiac imaging during heart surgery can detect serious residual holes in the heart that may occur when surgeons repair a child's heart defect, and offers surgeons the opportunity to close those holes during the same operation. Pediatric cardiology experts say using this tool, called transesophageal echocardiography, during surgery may improve outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

One gene mutation, two diseases, many insights into human heart function
Scientists have linked a single gene mutation to two types of heart disease: one causes a hole in the heart of infants, and the other causes heart failure. Using cells donated by a family with the mutation, the researchers gained insight into congenital heart disease, human heart development, and healthy heart function. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Septal Defect, HF Share Genetic Mutation
(MedPage Today) -- Family's trouble with'master regulator'gene may point to new tx (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - December 15, 2016 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Device Approved to Prevent Second Strokes in Certain Heart Patients
It's for people who had prior stroke related to a hole in the heart Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Stroke (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ventricular Septal Defect
Title: Ventricular Septal DefectCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/1/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/9/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - September 9, 2016 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

After three heart surgeries, baby Madison spreads smiles, strength and hope
It was just after midnight on an unseasonably warm Christmas Eve when Morre and Marcus stepped off the plane at Logan Airport. They carried precious cargo: their newborn daughter Madison needed emergency heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Madison was the couple’s first child. Like most expectant parents, Morre and Marcus were overwhelmed with joyous anticipation as the pregnancy progressed. They decorated their baby’s nursery and picked out a name: Madison, which means “gift from God.” But at Morre’s 20-week ultrasound, the couple’s joy was tempered by some troubling news...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 7, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories CHD congenital heart disease Dr. Aditya Kaza Dr. Gerry Marx Heart Center Melody valve Source Type: news

Making heart surgery as simple as possible with MIS techniques
Tertiary care centers such as the Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center have led the way in groundbreaking surgical innovations for years, pushing boundaries and correcting ever more complex abnormalities. But innovation is also making a difference when it comes to more “common” procedures. “We’re always trying to make the less complex procedures shorter and less invasive,” says Sitaram Emani, MD, director of the Complex Biventricular Repair Program at the Heart Center. “Making surgery and recovery less painful and disruptive for all of our patients is a priority.” Emani a...
Source: Mass Device - September 1, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news

Nigeria: Great, Born Without Anus and With Hole in the Heart, Seeks N6 Million Lifeline
[Guardian] In the seven months Innocent Great has lived, it has been with acute pain and misery as the baby boy battles symptomatic congenital heart disease at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja. He has for most of the seven months been a patient of the hospital's Paediatric Cardiology unit, where the ailment, popularly known as a hole in the heart, is being managed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 30, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The heart and the head: Meeting milestones after pediatric heart surgery
When their unborn son Silas was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at 22 weeks gestation, Montana and Michael Green knew he faced a long road. Though their primary concern was Silas’ health they also worried their son might face developmental delays, a common side effect following infant heart surgery. Silas was diagnosed with double-outlet right ventricle (DORV) , a complicated abnormality in which the pulmonary artery and the aorta — the heart’s two great arteries — both arise from the right ventricle. This disrupts the flow of oxygenated blood throughout the body. DORV is often associat...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 2, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program congenital heart disease DORV Heart Center Samantha Butler PhD Source Type: news

The ride of my life
My muscles are weightless, and my mind is empty. Outside the window, a pair of older Japanese women chat quietly. I close my eyes and breathe in the steam that floats up from the geothermal water beneath me.… knowing I won’t ever again waste a single heartbeat fills me with hope that while the sun is setting on this chapter, it will rise again brighter than ever in my future. I’m sitting in a natural hot spring in Japan, a centuries-old tradition that is believed to have healing powers. I slide deeper into the onsen in quiet meditation and hope the mineral-rich water is doing what it’s supposed to....
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 25, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Beth Puliti Tags: Our Patients’ Stories BACH Boston Adult Congenital Heart Program congenital heart disease Dr. Sitaram Emani Heart Center Source Type: news

Ventricular Septal Defect
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - July 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Double the joy, following heart-lung transplant
Nicole, left, and her twin sister Isabella Nearly six months following a heart-lung transplant, Nicole Kouri makes a triumphant return to school, alongside her twin sister Isabella. It was a pact she made with her Dad back in August of 2015, while her friends were lying by the pool, soaking up the final days of summer, and Nicole was lying in a bed at Boston Children’s Hospital. 14-year-old Nicole was born with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) — otherwise known as a hole in the heart — and pulmonary hypertension, a serious condition associated with VSD that makes it difficult for blood to flow properly t...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 27, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories cardiomyopathy double lung transplant Dr. Tajinder Singh Francis Fynn-Thompson heart transplant Heart transplant program hypertension Lung Transplant Program Mary Mullen Pediatric Transpl Source Type: news

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 prod...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine CorMatrix Cardiovascular Inc. Source Type: news

Occlutech wins CE Mark for LAA occluder
Structural heart disease implant developer Occlutech said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its Left Atrial Appendix occluder device designed for the minimally invasive closure of the LAA to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. The Occlutech LAA occluder device consists of a flexible nitinol wire mesh and loop anchoring and sealing technology, the Swiss company said. “We are extremely pleased to be able to provide patients and cardiologists with this innovative product and expect our LAA occluder to significantly add and improve therapy options for patients,&...
Source: Mass Device - June 2, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiac Implants Cardiovascular Regulatory/Compliance Occlutech GmbH Source Type: news

Life with congenital heart disease: Looking back with gratitude, looking ahead with hope
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 - June 1, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories BACH congenital heart disease Dr. Keri Shafer Dr. Michael Landzberg Dr. Sitaram Emani Source Type: news

Oldest handwritten documents in UK unearthed in London dig
Early writings found under office block being cleared for new Bloomberg HQ give glimpse of Roman LondonTertius the Brewer, Junius the Cooper and Julius Classicus – the up-and-coming military commander who would turn traitor against Rome a decade later – have sprung back to life from the first decade of Roman London, their names – along with the first reference to London itself – miraculously preserved on writing tablets in a sodden hole in the heart of the City.The wooden tablets, preserving the faint marks of the words written on bees wax with a metal stylus almost 2,000 years ago, are the oldest h...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 1, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Heritage Archaeology London UK news Culture Science Bloomberg Media Media business Books Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for May 26, 2016
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Ortho Kinematics wins Health Canada nod for VMA system Ortho Kinematics said today it won Health Canada authorization for its Vertebral Motion Analysis spinal imaging system. The VMA system from Austin, Texas-based Ortho Kinema...
Source: Mass Device - May 26, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Plus 5 Source Type: news