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Scientists in Japan design first optical pacemaker for laboratory research

WASHINGTON, May 28 The world's first optical pacemaker is described in an article published today in Optics Express, the Optical Societys open-access journal. A team of scientists at Osaka University in Japan show that powerful, but very short, laser pulses can help control the beating of heart m...

iPods and similar devices found not to affect pacemaker function

Last May, a widely reported study concluded that errant electronic noise from iPods can cause implantable cardiac pacemakers to malfunction. This just didnt sound right to the cardiac electrophysiologists at Childrens Hospital Boston, whove seen hundreds of children, teens and young adults with he...

Drug, Pacemaker Fight Irregular Heartbeat

Studies suggest new weapons against dangerous atrial fibrillation WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac researchers say a new drug may help treat the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. The drug, dronedarone, is not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administ...

Bladder Pacemaker For Incontinence

Biomedical engineering researchers from Duke University have come out with a device which is likely// to be of significance in patients who suffer from bladder control issues. They have named this as ‘smart bladder pacemaker’ that breaks into the urinary circuit in spinal cord which is respons...

Novel Biological Pacemaker Under Construction for Weak Hearts

Johns Hopkins scientists have developed a natural or rather biological pacemaker by fusing connective tissue cells of guinea pigs with heart muscle cells. The newly developed pacemaker can fire on it’s own and regulate the rhythm // of the heart in a more physiological way. Two sets of tiny el...

New pacemaker reduces risk of heart failure

New study says heart failure victims who get a new kind of pacemaker have only half the usual risk of being hospitalized with worsening heart trouble.// The device, Medtronic's InSync pacemaker, has been implanted in more than 3,000 people in the US since its approval by the FDA. It is intend...

A 'super sensor' for cancer and CSIs

...has obvious uses in an operating room to give a physician warning of an impending attack during a procedure. It could be fitted into an implant like a pacemaker or another future device to alert the user to impending dangers, thus preventing sudden death. Prof. Rishpon is also investigating the application...

Sunshine Heart Provides C-Pulse U.S. Clinical Update

... breath. The most common treatments for Class III heart failure are drugs, lifestyle adjustments, family education, device therapy (i.e. heart failure pacemaker with or without a defibrillator), or surgery. A major medical treatment challenge is that the drug therapy and CRT options often stop alleviating sym...

When You Make Things That Get Implanted in People, Small Things Count

...icators in Paso Robles, California, will make silicone micro-implants such as surgical drains, catheter systems, intravenous drug delivery devices and pacemaker leads. What is not routine is the incredibly precise tolerances demanded of these miniature products. Considering that silicone is a highly flexible s...

Boston Scientific Announces Results for Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2009

... ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ------- ICD systems $315 $276 $139 $144 $454 $420 pacemaker systems 90 88 65 70 155 158 Total CRM products $405 $364 $204 $214 $609 $578 ...

Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews deep brain stimulation to treat psychiatric diseases

...be functionally equivalent to creating a lesion on the brain, but with the advantage of being adjustable and reversible. "It is like implanting a pacemaker for the brain," says Dr. Lee. The patient is awake during deep brain stimulation surgery while a neurosurgeon implants the electrodes. Patients are ab...

Big disparities in the treatment of arrhythmias across Europe

...side of the EU. Some of the countries have no reimbursement e.g. for ICD or pacemaker therapy and the penetration of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is ...implanting centres range from less than 1 to 6.87 per million citizens. pacemaker therapy is performed in the range of 88 to a maximum of around 1200/ millio...

Dementia drugs may put some patients at risk, Queen's study shows

...manent pacemaker: an invasive procedure that can involve serious complications for seniors. Both the injuries incurred from falling and the risks from pacemaker implants are "downstream consequences" of not recognizing this drug-induced phenomenon. "This study does not suggest that dementia patients should...

AstraZeneca Announces TOPROL-XL(R) (Metoprolol Succinate) is Now Available

...vere bradycardia, heart block greater than first degree, cardiogenic shock, decompensated cardiac failure, and sick sinus syndrome (unless a permanent pacemaker is in place) and in patients who are hypersensative to any component of this product. Patients taking TOPROL-XL should avoid abrupt cessation of...

Catheter Ablation Effective in Treating Atrial Fibrillation

...lockers, calcium channel blockers, flecainide or propafenone to try to improve the condition before resorting to surgical options such as installing a pacemaker or catheter ablation. In catheter ablation, doctors guide a thin flexible tube through blood vessels to the heart. Radiofrequency energy directed f...

Video: U.S. Announcement - First Patients in United States Receive Innovative Device to Treat Moderate Heart Failure

... breath. The most common treatments for Class III heart failure are drugs, lifestyle adjustments, family education, device therapy (i.e. heart failure pacemaker with or without a defibrillator), or surgery. A major medical treatment challenge is that the medical regimen and CRT options often stop alleviating s...

First Patients in United States Receive Innovative Device to Treat Moderate Heart Failure

... breath. The most common treatments for Class III heart failure are drugs, lifestyle adjustments, family education, device therapy (i.e. heart failure pacemaker with or without a defibrillator), or surgery. A major medical treatment challenge is that the medical regimen and CRT options often stop alleviating ...

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Launches Series of Events to Benefit Cardiac Care

...hildren's Hospitals event on May 7. The 7th annual HeartBeat 5000, formerly pacemaker 5000, is the last event in this series and will take place on June 27. Hea... a complete heart block at 23 weeks of gestation. She received a lifesaving pacemaker at Children's of Minnesota shortly after birth. Today, Madelyn is a vibrant...

SingaporeMedicine Highlights Singapore's Advanced Pain Management Techniques

...ignals. It comprises the surgical placement of epidural electrodes, cables, and a transmitter or battery. Much of this method has evolved from cardiac pacemaker technology," explained Dr Tan. Before the system is placed, a simple trial may be performed, to determine the effectiveness of the stimulatio...

Blacks, Hispanics Less Apt to Get Best Heart Failure Care

...d, implantable defibrillator (ICD) to regulate heart rhythms; and "cardiac resynchronization therapy" (CRT), a newer approach that relies on a special pacemaker that realigns heartbeats whenever the normally simultaneous pulsing of the right and left ventricle falls out of sync. Farmer's team, which reports...

Cordex Pharma Files ATPace Formulation Patent

...lar tachycardia (PSVT) as well as a diagnostic test for the identification of patients with bradycardic (slow heart rate) syncope who may benefit from pacemaker therapy. Injectable formulations of ATP, similar to ATPace, have been approved and marketed in Europe for over 50 years as safe and efficacious pharma...

Virginia Hospitals Improve Heart Care--Death & Readmission Rates Decline

...na, congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) Invasive Cardiology : Surgeries include cardiac catheterization, cardiac pacemaker insertion, balloon angioplasty and placement of cardiac stents and Open Heart Surgery : Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and card...

Boston Scientific Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2008

... ICD systems $299 $266 $128 $130 $427 $396 pacemaker systems 84 81 60 67 144 148 Total CRM p...ICD systems $1,140 $1,053 $541 $489 $1,681 $1,542 pacemaker systems 340 318 265 264 605 582 Total CR...

Andre Konski, M.D., M.B.A., Accepts Radiation Oncology Position at Wayne State University and the Karmanos Cancer Institute

...ess administration degree and his master's in economics at the University of Toledo . He was awarded the University of Toledo's College of Business pacemaker Award, and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary societies. Active in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), a nat...

Prism Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval of NEXTERONE(R) for Life-Threatening Ventricular Fibrillation and Ventricular Tachycardia

...EXTERONE, including iodine, or in patients with cardiogenic shock, marked sinus bradycardia, and second- or third-degree AV block unless a functioning pacemaker is available. NEXTERONE is for hospital use only. NEXTERONE should be administered only by physicians who are experienced in the treatment of ...

TYRX Appoints David Elliot, Jr. Chief Operating Officer

...ority of the infections reported in CRMD related endocarditis, including "superbugs" or MRSA. In addition, AIGIS Rx is intended to securely hold a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in order to create a stable environment when implanted in the body. Following commercial release in Ju...

TYRX, Inc. Announces 1,000th Implant of AIGISRx(TM) Anti-Bacterial Envelope

...ho received a replacement bi-ventricular pacemaker. Dr. Delurgio placed the pacemaker into the AIGISRx Anti-bacterial Mesh and positioned the device normally ..."superbugs" or MRSA. In addition, AIGISRx is intended to securely hold a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in order to create a stable...

The King of Hearts Helps Others Follow a Healthy Road

... cardiac care. "If I had not found out about the program available through the county, I wouldn't have had my first pacemaker. I have my third pacemaker now, which I got through the King Foundation. I didn't have anywhere near enough insurance or money to pay for it. There are a lot of us who just have...

Hospitals to Lose an Average $10,000 to $20,000 per Case on Common Cardiovascular Procedures Under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing Program

...udied and less than 1 percent for four others. The exception was "falls for pacemaker implant patients," which had an observed incidence rate that exceeded 2 per... -- an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implant -- a permanent pacemaker (PPM) implant The study looked at differences in hospital costs and lengt...

Heartbeat Might One Day Power Pacemakers

...microgenerator and two "bladders" are mounted on the wire that connects the pacemaker or defibrillator to the heart. The wire, or lead, is attached to the heart'...of the microgenerator in the hopes of producing all the energy an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator needs. More information The American Heart Associ...

MP3 Player Headphones May Throw Off Cardiac Devices

...t, which doesn't really apply for daily living. . . It would not kill you." And even a front shirt or jacket pocket is unlikely to be right above a pacemaker or defibrillator, he added. "Pacemakers are usually two-to-three fingerbreadths below the collar bone. Most pockets are not that high," Rosero said. ...

MP3 headphones interfere with implantable defibrillators, pacemakers

...earbud variety) with iPods on 60 defibrillator and pacemaker patients. "We placed the headphones on the pati...Specifically, they observed that 15 percent of the pacemaker patients and 30 percent of the defibrillator patie...ed. Field strength of 10 gauss at the site of the pacemaker or defibrillator has the potential to interact wit...

CoreValve Announces That More Than 1,800 High-Risk Patients Have Been Treated with its ReValving System for Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (PAVR) : Highly encouraging registry data also presented at TCT 2008

...ons including neurological events are comparable to traditional aortic valve surgery although there is a modest, but clinically acceptable increase in pacemaker dependency in PAVR patients. "The growing volume of very positive clinical data from an ever increasing number of physicians is most satisf...

New Video from Harvard Medical School: Dos and Don'ts of Checking Blood Pressure at Home, from the Harvard Heart Letter

... This web page also offers tips for choosing a home blood pressure monitor. Also in this issue: Aches and pains from statins Removing faulty pacemaker wires Mediterranean diet wards off heart disease Heart disease a leading killer among people with HIV/AIDS Is there a connection between statins...

Promising results in deep brain stimulation for patients with treatment-resistant depression

... matter adjacent to SCG. The other end of each wire was connected under the skin of the neck to a pulse generator implanted in the chest similar to a pacemaker that directs the electrical current. The researchers regulated the intensity of the current according to the response of the patient. Only patients w...

Radio-Wave Devices May Play Havoc With Medical Equipment

...ut there were 41 medical devices typically used in such a setting such as respirator machines, IV pumps, dialysis devices, defibrillators and external pacemaker devices. Two radio frequency identification device systems, one active (with a battery and able to transmit information continuously) and one passi...

Braemar Introduces the DL900 Advanced Holter Monitor

...e DL900 provides high-resolution recordings as well as high sampling rate options suitable for both clinical and research applications. A programmable pacemaker detection capability provides the clinician with additional data. The DL900's advanced technology platform has the capacity to support numerous OEM ...

Heart Device Recipients Often Not Aware of Recalls

...land and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. They were asked about recalls between October 2006 and April 2007. Eighteen percent didn't know about any pacemaker or defibrillator recall. About half learned about them through the media, and only 24 percent heard through their doctor. More than half said they'...

The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society Release Updated Cardiac Device-Based Therapy Guidelines

...Annual Scientific Sessions. An estimated 180,000 pacemaker devices and 91,000 implantable defibrillators were...inical trials and the most significant advances in pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) t...ty of life issues. New guidance related to ICD and pacemaker programming and management at the end of life was ...

Boston Scientific Announces FDA Approval of New Family of Advanced Pacemakers

...akers. ALTRUA is Boston Scientific's most advanced pacemaker and delivers enhanced therapies while maintaining ...ngevity. It is the first Boston Scientific-branded pacemaker to treat bradycardia, a condition in which the hea...le to physicians and their patients." The ALTRUA pacemaker provides physicians with diagnostic and therapeuti...
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