Turns out unneeded ICD shocks have costs

A Stanford University School of Medicine–led team of researchers has discovered that implantable cardioverter defibrillators that administer shocks unnecessarily could actually do more harm than good. Those who have had a ventricular arrhythmia, heart attack, survived sudden cardiac arrest and have a congenital heart disease typically have an ICD implanted, according to the American Heart

Bard announces ePTFE encapsulation services for OEM customers

C.R. Bard announced today it is making its expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) encapsulation services available to OEM customers. Bard originally developed the ePTFE encapsulation services its own branded stents. Bard OEM customers will now have access to the material and processes needed for encapsulating their own component or device. Such ePTFE encapsulation is especially suited for

Growing heart muscle cells: 2 breakthroughs you need to know

Host animal hearts and 3-D printed scaffolds—both appear to be showing promise when it comes to growing heart tissue to restore damaged hearts. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University recently reported that they’ve had success using host animal hearts to grow mature and viable heart muscle cells from stem cells. Meanwhile, a 1-micron-resolution scaffold made with a 3-D printer

BioSig taps Minnetronix to develop new cardio display system

BioSig Technologies has contracted with Minnetronix to develop the first version of its Pure EP system, according to a letter to shareholders disclosed Friday. BioSig, based just outside Minneapolis, is developing a cardiac signal acquisition and display system which is designed to assist electrophysiologists in making clinical decisions for patients with abnormal heart rates and rhythms, including

Physio-Control has a battery problem with its LifePak 1000 AED

Physio-Control said last week that it is launching a voluntary field action for its LifePak 1000 defibrillator, after reports that the device can shut down unexpectedly during treatment. The Redmond, Washington–based company has received 34 reports describing instances when customers have attempted to use the LifePak device and it has shut down due to an

How simulation software is enabling human-like robots

MSC Adams simulation software helped researchers at Japan’s Kyusyu Sangyo University design robots that move like people, providing a new tool for testing medical technologies.  MSC Software One of the most prominent areas of focus in the robotics industry today is the design of more human-like robots. Giving human features to robots offers tremendous advantages

Surgical equipment market to double to more than $20 billion

The global surgical equipment market is poised to reach a value of $20.3 billion by 2025, according to a report from Grand View Research. The worldwide market for surgical equipment was $9.9 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% over the next seven years. The study says the rise of minimally invasive procedures is

Mitral versus aortic valves: Here’s another reason they’re different

Aortic and mitral heart valves use different strategies to stay alive when they become cut off from oxygen and diseased, according to new research out of Rice University. The findings surprised the Rice bioengineers, led by professor Jane Grande-Allen, who used both physical and computer models of heart valves in their study. They custom-designed bioreactors

Circulatory support without surgery for heart failure patients

Chronic heart failure patients draw hope from a new technology. A team of life science entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas has developed the first catheter-deployed circulatory assist device intended for long-term use. Procyrion’s Aortix provides a minimally-invasive treatment option for the more than two million chronic heart failure patients in the U.S. alone who are too

MOCACARE expands heart health portfolio with MOCACuff, a state-of-the-art blood pressure cuff worn on the cuff

MOCACARE, a Silicon Valley-based company at the heart of the connected health movement, has expanded its range of advanced, yet super simple, cardiovascular monitoring devices with the launch of MOCACuff, a sleek FDA-approved wireless blood pressure monitor that fits comfortably on the wrist. Priced at $69.99 USD, MOCACuff is designed with style and comfort in

Aerotel to present single-lead handheld ECG device at MEDICA 2016

Aerotel Medical Systems, a global vendor of advanced remote patient monitoring solutions, will introduce its HeartOne V, a state-of-the-art, single-lead, handheld ECG device at MEDICA 2016, which will take place from November 14 to 17, 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Aerotel will showcase for the first time the digital version of its well-known HeartOne high-resolution single-lead

Bionet America introduces new and improved Cardio7 (ECG)

Bionet America, announces the launch of the new and improved Cardio7 (ECG), their latest addition to their ECG line. The Cardio7 is a reliable, interpretive, resting ECG. It features a large 7 in. TFT LCD touch screen with WiFi. It supports USB flash drive, a QWERTY keyboard, JPEG/PDF file format, one channel long-term recording and

Avinger launches upgraded Lightbox imaging console

Avinger, a developer of innovative treatments for peripheral artery disease (PAD), announced the U.S. launch of an enhanced version of the company’s Lightbox imaging console. The Lightbox provides a dual display of images to physicians using Avinger’s Lumivascular system, the first-ever image-guided atherectomy and chronic total occlusion recanalization devices for the treatment of PAD, providing

Does your PTFE stick?

Recall is the last word a medtech business wants to hear. But in 2015, the guidewire industry experienced recalls due what might be considered a combination of best intentions and unintended consequences. In March 2015, there was a voluntary recall for stainless steel guidewires going back to April 2013, which FDA classified as Class 1.

Harvard touts 1st 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing

Researchers from Harvard University developed what they tout as the 1st entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. The heart-on-a-chip was quickly manufactured by a fully automated, digital procedure and allows researchers to collect data for short-term and long-term studies. The team, who published their work in Nature Materials, hope that one day this approach may allow researchers to