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FDA Approves Resolute DES for Use in Chronic Total Occlusions
The FDA today approved an expanded indication for Medtronic's family of Resolute zotarolimus-eluting coronary stents: use in the treatment of de novo chronic total occlusions (CTO). This approval includes all Resolute DES devices, including the Resolute Onyx™ and Resolute Integrity™ DES.
The First EVAR
The field of endovascular repair and intervention has grown exponentially since the 1st endovascular repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (EVAR) was performed by Dr. Juan Parodi in 1990 in Buenos Aires. It took a while to be accepted, but today the endovascular approach is the preferred procedure to repair an AAA. This is due to the advances in medical device design and the dedication of physicians to this less invasive non-surgical approach.
5-Year Data for IN.PACT Drug-Coated Balloon in SFA Show Improved Outcomes Over Standard PTA
The IN.PACT Admiral DCB bested standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for repeat interventions with almost 75% of the IN.PACT cohort of patients free from re-intervention through five-years. As for safety, there were no device or procedure-related deaths in either the DCB or PTA groups at five-years.
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Drug-Eluting Stent Expansion Chart
A useful chart for the cath lab wall, this chart, created by Dr. Ajay Kirtane and the teams at NY Presbyterian/University of Columbia Medical Center, shows the nominal and post-dilatation expansion limits for four widely-used drug-eluting stents: Synergy (Boston Scientific), Resolute Onyx (Medtronic), Xience Sierra (Abbott Vascular), and EluNIR (Medinol/Cordis).
Shockwave Launches Coronary Intravascular Lithotripsy in Europe
Shockwave Medical, a pioneer in the treatment of calcified cardiovascular disease, has announced the European commercial availability of Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) for calcified coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as the enrollment of the first patient in the DISRUPT CAD II post-market study.
Dr. Noriaki Moriyama
Neoatherosclerosis Five Years After BVS Implantation
Dr. Noriaki Moriyama discusses the recent study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which showed outcomes observed at five years after implantation with the Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (posted in collaboration with TCROSS NEWS)
Absorb BVS
Study: Similar Outcomes for 6 vs. 12 Months of DAPT for STEMI Patients Treated with Resolute Integrity DES
One year is the recommended DAPT duration for STEMI patients after stenting. But this new study shows that 6 months may be adequate with certain devices: important data, especially for patient at high risk for bleeding.
Intrepid transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)
Medtronic's Intrepid™ Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) System
The Intrepid TMVR system integrates self-expanding, dual-stent technology with a tissue valve to facilitate catheter-based implantation without the need for open-heart surgery. The Intrepid is compressed inside a hollow delivery catheter and is inserted between the ribs to enter the heart. The new replacement valve is expanded directly into the malfunctioning mitral valve.
Dr. Etsuo Tsuchikane
Complex CTO-PCI: The Japanese Approach
This 20 minute video shows a complex CTO case, in which an RCA obstruction, complicated by a sharp bend and tortuous anatomy, was revascularized using both the antegrade and retrograde approaches, facilitated by IVUS and biplane angiographic imaging. The operator is Dr. Etsuo Tsuchikane; the case was broadcast live during the Japanese CTO Club course in June 2017. (from TCROSS NEWS)
Absorb BVS
Clinical Trial to Study If 3-Months of DAPT is Safe After XIENCE Stent
The study, called XIENCE Short DAPT, will evaluate if 3 months of DAPT is non-inferior to the current standard of 12 months after implantation with a XIENCE stent for patients who are at high risk of bleeding. The study will enroll approximately 2,000 patients at 100 sites in the U.S. and Asia.
3 generations of CoreValve
FDA OK to Medtronic's CoreValve for Patients at Intermediate Risk for Surgical Replacement
Based on results from the SURTAVI Trial, the FDA has approved the CoreValve TAVR self-expanding platform for use in patients with symptomatic and severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk for surgical valve replacement.
Medtronic Goes Radial
Medtronic's TRAcelet™ compression device
Medtronic is now offering a full portfolio of transradial tools: a line of catheters, a TRA access kit with introducer sheath, and its TRAcelet™ compression device for simplifying patent hemostasis post-procedure. Although the company previously has marketed a select number of items designed for the transradial approach (TRA), today's announcement marks the first full-transradial offering by a major stent manufacturer in the U.S.
NORSTENT: Drug-Eluting Stents – Doing What They’re Supposed To
HawkOne atherectomy device and IN.PACT drug-coated balloon
At this week’s annual European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome, an important randomized clinical trial on stents was presented by Professor Kaare H. Bønaa, MD, PhD. Called NORSTENT, short for the “Norwegian Coronary Stent Trial,” this was the largest stent trial ever conducted, with 9,013 patients followed for six years. That’s serious!
Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Sanjay Patel
"The Whole Story is About Increasing Patient Happiness."
Interview with Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij
In this two-part 20th anniversary interview, the "father of transradial intervention, " talks about the history and future of TRI.

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Philips Launches IntraSight Platform, integrating physiology, imaging and co-registration tools (May 20)
Bringing Japanese Know-How to the Global Market: A Visit to Shimadzu Medical Systems (Apr 24)
FDA OK to Resolute DES for Use in Chronic Total Occlusions (Feb 26)
Medtronic Valiant™ Captivia™ Demonstrates Durability, Safety, and Efficacy at Five Years in Transection Patients (Jan 30)
Philips Launches Azurion with FlexArm (Jan 17)
Medtronic Launches Mobile App for Smartphone-Connected Pacemakers (Jan 15)
Abiomed Invests $15M in Shockwave (Dec 11)
In Honor of #VEITH2018: The First EVAR (Nov 13)
Low Profile Valiant Navion Thoracic Stent System Garners CE Mark in Addition to FDA Approval (Nov 13)
VIVA: 5-Yr Data for IN.PACT DCB Show Superiority over PTA (Nov 12)
FDA Approval for Valiant Navion™ Thoracic Stent Graft System (Oct 23)
New Data for IN.PACT DCB Show Superiority/Durability over PTA (Oct 2)
Medtronic: 5-yr Outcomes for CoreValve; 2-yr Outcomes for SURTAVI (Sep 24)
FDA Oks IN.PACT DCB Lengths of 200mm & 250mm (Jun 23)
Resolute Onyx 1-Month OCT Study: 92.3% Stent Coverage (May 24)
FDA Oks Abbott's Xience Sierra Everolimus-Eluting Stent (May 23)
Shockwave Launches Coronary Lithotripsy System in Europe (May 21)
Dr. Moriyama Discusses Study of BVS at Five Years (May 8)
IN.PACT DCB Approved for Long Lesions Up To 360mm (Apr 23)
FDA Approves Medtronic's 2.0mm Resolute Onyx (Feb 26)
IN.PACT 2-Year Data Presented at LINC 2018 (Jan 30)
200 Patient Study: Abre Venous Self-Expanding Stent System in Patients with Deep Venous Disease (Jan 24)
Medtronic: ENCHANT Study to Assess ChEVAR Parallel Graft Technique with Endurant II/IIs (Jan 24)
3-year Outcomes of Surgical vs. Endovascular Revasculization for CLI Patients (Jan 10)
Outcomes after STEMI DES Same for 6 vs 12 Months of DAPT (Jan 8)
Dr. Yoshikawa discusses the DAPT Score in a Japanese Cohort (Nov 10)
6-Month Data for Evolut PRO TAVR Presented at TCT (Nov 2)
Is TMVR the New TAVR? Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (Nov 1)
VIDEO: Complex CTO-PCI: The Japanese Approach with Dr. Etsuo Tsuchikane (Oct 31)
Medtronic's Evolut PRO Now Available in Europe (Jul 31)
Abbott Study: Is 3 Months of DAPT After XIENCE OK? (Jul 25)
FDA OK to CoreValve TAVR for Intermediate Risk Patients (Jul 10)
Dr. Shun Kohsaka: half the STEMI cases in Japan have a DTB time of > 90 min. (Jun 30)
Dr. Osamu Iida discusses the PRIORITY registry and if there is benefit for revascularization in poor-risk CLI patients (Jun 19)
FDA Approves Medtronic's Resolute Onyx DES (May 1)
History, Gruentzig, and Abbott’s Absorb “Dissolving Stent” (Apr 6)
UPDATED: Abbott's Absorb BVS in Europe Will Only Be Available to Approved Registry Sites (Apr 6)
FDA OK to Medtronic's Next-Gen CoreValve TAVR (Mar 22)
First U.S. Case Done with Tryton's Side Branch Stent (Mar 21)
Interventional Cardiology Late-Breakers at ACC.17 (Mar 16)
Micra Leadless Pacemaker Gets OK for U.S. Reimbursement (Mar 10)
IN.PACT DCB Below-The-Knee Study Launched in Europe (Mar 9)
New Analysis of REVERSE Trial Shows Benefits of Medtronic CRT Devices (Feb 27)
Dr. Yutaka Tanaka discusses the transradial approach to complex CTO lesions (Feb 21)
Medtronic Goes Radial (Feb 13)
IN.PACT Japan Study: DCB Increases Patency 86% Over PTA (Feb 9)
Medtronic CardioInsight Mapping Solution Cleared by FDA (Feb 1)
6F HawkOne Gets CE Mark (Jan 24)
Medtronic's 34mm CoreValve Evolut R Gets CE Mark (Jan 17)
Abbott's Acquisition of St. Jude to Close This Week (Jan 2)
Dr. Masanori Yamamoto Discusses Approval of CoreValve Evolut R and TAVR landscape in Japan (Dec 8)
Medtronic's Endurant™ II/IIs Receives CE Mark for Use with ChEVAR Parallel Graft Technique (Dec 6)
Japan Announces Regulatory Process & Post Marketing Surveillance for Abbott BVS (Dec 5)
CoreValve Gets Reimbursement OK in Japan (Dec 1)
Medtronic's Endurant™ II/IIs Delivers Positive Outcomes in Patients with Challenging AAA (Nov 15)
Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold Gets OK in Japan (Nov 7)
Interview with Dr. Hiroki Shiomi About the ReACT Study (Nov 4)
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