The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced the appointment of Jean-François Riffaud as its new chief executive officer. Riffaud will replace Isabel Bardinet, who will retire after 18 years at the ESC. Riffaud is currently CEO of the French...
Arrhythmia Alliance has announced the launch of the first SVT Awareness Day (7 June), taking place during World Heart Rhythm Week (5‒11 June) to raise awareness of what it describes as a “little-known heart rhythm disorder that affects millions”.  Supraventricular...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance with updated recommendations for good clinical practices (GCPs) aimed at modernising the design and conduct of clinical trials. In a statement, the regulator said that the updates are intended...
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model for electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis that allows for the interpretation of ECGs as language. This approach can enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of ECG-related diagnoses, especially for cardiac conditions where limited data is...
Defibrillators are being used in just one in 10 cardiac arrests where they are available, according to research presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference (5–7 June, Manchester, UK).  The research drew upon data from the East of England Ambulance...
Conformal Medical has announced the successful completion of its series D funding round, raising a total of $35 million. The company is developing the CLAAS system, which it describes as a next-generation left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) technology “SPRIG Equity...
Medtronic has announced that Ken Washington has been appointed chief technology and innovation officer. Washington joins Medtronic from Amazon where he served as vice president and general manager of consumer robotics, and will lead technology development across industries including robotics,...
Kardium has announced today that the first US patients have been successfully treated in the PULSAR clinical study, using its Globe pulsed-field ablation system. The PULSAR study will enrol over 400 patients for treatment at up to 35 sites in...
This article was sponsored by Biosense Webster “The simplicity, the efficacy and the safety” of pulsed field ablation (PFA) in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) could not be understated by electrophysiologist Mattias Duytschaever (St Jan Hospital, Bruges, Belgium) in...
New data presented from an investigator-sponsored European trial found managing indicated heart failure patients with Abbott’s CardioMEMS HF system resulted in a significant improvement in patient-reported quality-of-life scores as early as three months after use with the remote monitoring...
Medtronic has announced US Food and Drug Administration market clearance to apply the AccuRhythm AI algorithms to the Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor (ICM), the predecessor to the LINQ II ICM, via cloud-based updates. Medtronic anticipates the AccuRhythm AI algorithms...
An international clinical trial presented today at the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC; 24–26 May, Munich, Germany) has demonstrated that—in people with ischaemic stroke and atrial fibrillation—anticoagulation can safely be started earlier than current guidelines recommend. "Our study finally brings...
Preliminary results from the BIO-LIBRA study, assessing the outcomes of device-treated ventricular arrhythmias or mortality in patients with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) being treated with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) or cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) along with guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT)...
Findings from a new clinical trial support use of implantable cardiac monitors (ICM) as a standard of care in managing patients with complex cardiac arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AF). The study will be presented today as a late-breaking clinical...
Results from a pivotal clinical trial found a leadless pacemaker can deliver cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) among patients who were not able to be treated with conventional CRT and epicardial leads. The novel WiSE CRT system removes the possibility of...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company's TactiFlex Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled, which features a flexible tip and contact force technology. Used to perform an ablation procedure to treat atrial fibrillation (AF),...
A novel artificial intelligence (AI) model correctly identified patients at near-term risk of sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) who could potentially benefit from preemptive interventions to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD). The AI-model utilises a single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) screening tool that...
Results from a clinical trial, presented at the 2023 Heart Rhythm Society annual meeting (May 19–21, New Orleans, USA), indicate that overweight and obese patients with persistent and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) who lose weight prior to a catheter...
New data from three late-breaking clinical trials has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of pulsed field ablation (PFA) as a viable, non-thermal treatment option for atrial fibrillation (AF) and were presented at the 2023 Heart Rhythm (May 19–21, New...
Medtronic has announced findings from a secondary analysis of the PULSED AF study, demonstrating positive results for the Medtronic PulseSelect pulsed field ablation (PFA) system including atrial arrhythmia (AA) burden reduction, which correlated to improved quality of life and...
Stereotaxis has announced a global collaboration with Abbott to integrate Abbott’s EnSite X EP system with Stereotaxis’ Robotic Magnetic Navigation system. The combination of Abbott’s cardiac mapping system with Stereotaxis’ advanced robotic technology brings together highly detailed real-time diagnostic information...
Late-breaking results from the AVEIR dual-chamber (DR) i2i Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study, a large-scale study to assess Abbott’s Aveir dual-chamber leadless pacemaker, have been presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 2023 annual meeting (19–21 May, New Orleans, USA)...
  Impulse Dynamics has today announced the completion of the first implantation for the INTEGRA-D clinical trial, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of two proven cardiac therapies combined—cardiac contractility modulation (CCM) and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)—in a single...
MicroPort, a global developer in the field of cardiac rhythm management, announced today it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its latest range of implantable pacemakers, Alizea and Celea, the longest-lasting pacemakers for their size on...
  Biosense Webster—a stem of Johnson & Johnson MedTech—announced that data from the Q-FFICIENCY study was published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. The study evaluated the safety and 12-month effectiveness of the QDot Micro catheter in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation...
A recent study has found deep neural networks (DDNs)—a category of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm—capable of forecasting cardiac pump function from standard angiography videos, providing accurate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) predictions with strong correlations to echocardiographic LVEF measurements,...
AstraZeneca’s Farxiga (dapagliflozin) has been approved in the USA to reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) death, hospitalisation for heart failure (hHF) and urgent heart failure (HF) visits in adults with HF. The approval by the Food and Drug Administration...
Biotronik announced today the latest addition to its cardiac rhythm management portfolio. "We are excited to have received CE mark for our newest technology—the world’s first pacemakers and CRT-Ps approved for left bundle branch pacing. Amvia Sky and Amvia Edge...
Adagio Medical has announced the completion of enrolment in its Cryocure-VT trialof ultra-low temperature cryoablation for the treatment of monomorphic ventricular tachycardias. Sixty patients with ischaemic and non-ischaemic cardiomyopathies underwent an endocardial ultra-low temperature cryoablation procedure using Adagio's vCLAS catheter...
Medtronic has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its Micra AV2 and Micra VR2 leadless pacemakers. Micra AV2 and Micra VR2, the world's smallest pacemakers, provide longer battery life and easier programming than prior Micra pacemakers, while...
CathVision, a medical technology company developing innovative electrophysiology solutions to enhance clinical decision-making in the electrophysiology (EP) lab, today announced initial patient enrolment of a follow-on clinical study to demonstrate the value of the Signal Complexity algorithm led by...
Results from the MATRIX study show that the high detection accuracy of DX single-lead implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) systems for atrial fibrillation (AF) episodes (99.7% for ≥1h episodes) in combination with the strong transmission performance of Biotronik home monitoring...
Effective management of depression through psychological therapy is associated with a lower likelihood of heart disease and stroke, according to research published today in European Heart Journal, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our study suggests that...
Medtronic have announced the 12-month findings that supported the Affera Mapping and Ablation system CE Mark, demonstrating that the Sphere-9 catheter can successfully treat patients with either paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) using a variety of ablation lesion...
Patients with severe COVID-19 requiring mechanical ventilation are 16 times more likely to develop ventricular tachycardia within six months compared to their peers without severe infection, according to research presented at the annual congress of the European Heart Rhythm...
A score based on four readily available clinical and imaging parameters identifies the heart failure patients who benefit most from atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, according to late breaking science presented at the annual congress of the European Heart Rhythm Association...
An innovative three-step ablation approach including ethanol infusion of the vein of Marshall improves freedom from arrhythmias in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) compared to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone, according to late breaking science presented at the...
A novel software tool set to improve the management of elderly atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with multiple conditions is being designed by the EU-funded and coordinated by the European Society for Cardiology (ESC) European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)-PATHS consortium....
High power electric vehicle chargers are safe for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators, according to a study published in EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and presented at the annual congress of the European...
Spanish footballer, Iker Casillas, was awarded an European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) Gold Medal for services to cardiovascular health yesterday at the 2023 annual meeting. In 2019, Iker, captain of the Spanish 2010 World Cup-winning team, suffered a heart attack...
Thirty-day electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) detects more arrhythmias than the standard 24 to 48 hours, according to late breaking science presented at the annual congress of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA 2023, 16–18...
A region-wide study in more than 50,000 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has found reduced risks of stroke and transient ischaemic attack in those who started statins within a year of diagnosis compared with those who did not. The...
Stereotaxis has announced that over 1,000 cardiac arrhythmia patients have been treated using the Genesis Robotic Magnetic Navigation (RMN) system. Genesis RMN, was first used in late 2020 following regulatory clearances in the USA and Europe. Since then, physicians at...
Boston Scientific has received CE mark for its POLARx FIT cryoballoon catheter for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. According to the company, the device is the only cryoablation system that offers a dual diameter balloon size in one catheter to deliver an individualised...
Daytime napping for 30 minutes or longer is associated with an increased likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research presented at European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Preventive Cardiology 2023, a scientific congress of the ESC. “Our study indicates...
Wireless or leadless pacemakers, commonly implanted in adults, may be a safe and effective short-term option for children with slow heartbeats, according to new research published today in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart...
SentiAR has closed a Series B financing round worth US$8.5 million. The financing was led by cultivate (MD) Ventures and joined by MedVenture Partners alongside several insider investors, including TechWald Holding, VCapital, QRM Capital, and Harmonix Fund. The funding...
Medtronic has announced the launch of MRI Care Pathway, a new system designed to streamline the process of completing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans for patients with Medtronic MRI-compatible cardiac devices. According to a company press release, research shows that...
Endotronix has announced its PROACTIVE-HF pivotal study has successfully completed enrolment. The study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Cordella pulmonary artery (PA) sensor, and the resulting data will support the premarket approval (PMA) application for...
Wearable devices such as smart watches could be used to detect a higher risk of developing heart failure and irregular heart rhythms in later life, suggests a new study led by University College London (UCL) researchers. The peer-reviewed study,...
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) have released an updated expert consensus statement on transcatheter left atrial appendage closure (LAAC). In a press release, SCAI and HRS say that they prioritised the...
Results from the PADN-5 study, investigating the efficacy and safety of pulmonary artery denervation in the treatment of combined postcapillary and precapillary and pulmonary hypertension (CpcPH) related to left heart failure, have been presented at the Technology and Heart...
More than 40% of women report anxiety four months after a cardiac arrest compared with 23% of men, according to research presented at the scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Acute CardioVascular Care 2023 (24–26 March,...
Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have been said to benefit from early rhythm control therapy, which reduces cardiovascular deaths, strokes, and other adverse outcomes by 20% compared to usual care, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has stated following...
  Procyrion, a medical device company which aims to improve outcomes for patients with cardiac and renal impairment, announced today that use of its Aortix percutaneous mechanical circulatory support (pMCS) device led to rapid decongestion in a pilot study of...
  Abbott has today announced new data that found monitoring patients remotely with haemodynamic pressure sensing technology, such as with its CardioMEMS HF System, can significantly improve survival in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). The analysis is...
Vektor Medical has announced that use of the vMap arrhythmia mapping system during complex atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation was associated with significantly improved freedom from atrial arrhythmias compared with standard-of-care pulmonary vein isolation. Results will be presented at the...
Stereotaxis has announced the opening of a new robotic electrophysiology programme at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, USA. Broward Health is among the first in the nation, and the first in Florida, to offer the latest Genesis...
A total of £10 million has been awarded to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)—an executive agency of the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)—to help bring innovative new medicines and medical technologies to UK...
HeartBeam, a cardiac technology company that has developed the three-dimensional (3D)-vector electrocardiogram (VECG) platform for heart attack detection today announced the strategic acquisition of all assets from LIVMOR, a digital health solutions company providing a patient-engaging remote monitoring system...
Kardium, a private medical device company that has developed the Globe pulsed field (PF) system for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) using pulsed field ablation (PFA), announced today that the first patients have been successfully treated in its...
Acesion, the biotech developing first-in-class novel therapies for atrial fibrillation (AF), has today announced positive data from its phase two trial of AP30663, a first-in-class SK ion channel inhibitor for conversion of AF to normal sinus rhythm. The trial enrolled...
Medtronic has announced today that it has received CE Mark for the Affera mapping and ablation system, which includes the Sphere-9 catheter and the Affera Prism-1 mapping software. The full system creates a new paradigm in electrophysiology through the...
A recent analysis of a large nationwide database of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent ablation has reported an independent association between being underweight and an increased risk of cardiac tamponade during ablation. Cardiac tamponade is a potentially...
A retrospective cohort study investigating the rate of maternal characteristics associated with, and survival following, cardiac arrest during delivery hospitalisation, has found that older, non-Hispanic Black and low-income pregnant patients are disproportionately affected, but maintain better survival rates. Published...
Using data from a large and “nationally representative” sample of the US population, a recent study is the first—the authors posit—to demonstrate racial differences in in-hospital outcomes after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation in patients with heart failure (HF). Published...
A recent study has provided new mechanistic insights identifying distinct atrial electrophysiological remodelling and fibrosis-associated conduction abnormalities favouring atrial fibrillation (AF) susceptibility in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The results from this proof-of-concept study support a correlation...
Biosense Webster has announced the first cases with its investigational Thermocool Smarttouch SF dual energy catheter have taken place as part of the SmartfIRE Study. The first procedure was performed by Tom De Potter at OLV Hospital in Aalst, Belgium....
The European Union’s Council of Ministers has today adopted a resolution to extend the deadline for the certification of medical devices under the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). Producers of medical devices will have until 31 December 2027 for higher risk...
Results of the Pulsed AF Pivotal trial, investigating pulsed field ablation (PFA) treatment in patients with paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), have been shared at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2023 Scientific Sessions (4 – 6 March,...
UC San Francisco (UCSF) is conducting a six-month clinical trial on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) using Vivalink's Biometrics Data Platform. The study, consisting of 70 patients, will evaluate if regimented moderate intensity exercise improves overall exercise capacity and cardiac blood...
Early rhythm control one year after atrial fibrillation (AF) diagnosis has been found to be beneficial in preventing recurrent stroke in patients with incident AF and a prior history of stroke. Published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, researchers suggest that...
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a soft robotics-enabled three-dimensional (3D)-printed anatomical hydrodynamic system that can recreate the hemodynamic system of aortic stenosis (AS) and congenital defects in specific patient cases. The researchers first took medical images of...
Biotronik has received CE mark approval for the Selectra 3D implant tools to include left bundle branch area pacing (LBBAP) in addition to His-bundle pacing (HBP). Commonly referred to as conduction system pacing (CSP) these two approaches have emerged as...
Disabilities were underreported in clinical trial data and commonly used as a basis for exclusion from trial participation in an analysis of 80 recent trials involving cardiovascular outcomes, according to a study being presented at the American College of...
Atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation carried out in an inpatient setting is associated with higher rates of early mortality and subsequent complications when compared with outpatient AF ablation, a new study finds. Referring to the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) database, Mary-Jo...
CVRx has announced the preliminary topline results of the BeAT-HF—Baroreflex activation therapy for heart failure—postmarket randomised clinical trial. The BeAT-HF postmarket phase of the multicentre, prospective, randomised controlled trial assessed 323 patients suffering from heart failure with reduced ejection fraction....
A new “red flag-raising” study has provided benchmark data on the safety of smart scales, watches and rings with bioimpedance technology for patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). Discussing the research, principal investigator Benjamin Sanchez Terrones (University of...
Brainomix has announced its involvement in a new study sponsored by the University of Liverpool (Liverpool, UK) focused on post-stroke atrial fibrillation (AF). Sites with existing clinical deployments of Brainomix's e-Stroke platform will utilise the artificial intelligence (AI) system...
  Medtronic has received CE mark for the Aurora extravascular implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (EV-ICD) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) SureScan device and Epsila EV MRI SureScan defibrillation lead to treat dangerously fast heart rhythms that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)....
A retrospective analysis of randomised clinical trials has found that one in five patients aged 70 years or older with cardiovascular risk factors are diagnosed with bradyarrhythmias when long-term monitoring for atrial fibrillation (AF) using implantable loop recorder (ILR)...
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is working with Bristol Myers Squibb and Pfizer to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation (AF) and its symptoms as part of the No Time to Wait campaign. In support of the campaign, Abdul-Jabbar will share his experience with...
  University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center researchers have mapped gene control elements in specialised cardiac cells responsible for heartbeat regulation. The findings of the genome exploration study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, provide insight into how...
Acutus Medical has announced results from the AcQForce Flutter study, evaluating use of the AcQBlate Force sensing ablation catheter and system in the treatment of right atrial typical flutter. Results were presented during a late-breaking clinical trials and first...
GE HealthCare has signed an agreement to acquire Caption Health, a developer of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven ultrasound technology. The Caption Health technology—Caption AI—has been developed to detect signs of diseases such as heart failure in at-risk patients, potentially preventing hospitalisations...
In a study presented yesterday at the International Stroke Conference (ISC; 8–10 February, Dallas, USA), irregular heart rhythms were detected in roughly one in five people who survived an ischaemic stroke due to atherosclerosis and were continuously monitored for...
Biosense Webster has announced an update and late-breaking data from trials across radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and pulsed field ablation (PFA) at the 2023 AF Symposium (2–4 February, Boston, USA). An analysis of the inspIRE-sponsored clinical trial evaluating the safety...
Abbott has today announced receipt of the CE mark for the TactiFlex ablation catheter, sensor enabled (SE), alongside US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an expanded indication of its FlexAbility ablation catheter, sensor enabled (SE). In a press...
Among patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and a pacemaker, treatment with a moderately accelerated, personalised pacing rate resulted in an improved quality of life, N-terminal pro–brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels, and atrial fibrillation (AF) compared...
AtriCure has announced that the first patient was treated in the LeAAPS clinical trial, a prospective, randomised clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the AtriClip (Atricure) left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion system for the prevention of...
Conformal Medical has announced the presentation of one-year data from the company’s initial left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) cases with its novel CLAAS system in patients under conscious sedation without general anaesthesia. Vivek Reddy, (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA)...
Researchers have found a correlation between periodontitis and fibrosis scarring to an appendage of the heart’s left atrium that can lead to atrial fibrillation (AF) in a sample of 76 patients with cardiac disease. Periodontitis, a gum disease, can...
The prospective cohort study of 626 patients with non-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-conditional implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) suggests said ICDs remain suitable to treat detected tachyarrhythmias post-1.5-Tesla MRI. Previous reports of adverse events have typically been noted during or immediately after...
BioVentrix, a privately held medical device company focused on the development of less invasive therapies to directly treat the dilated left ventricle and reverse the left ventricular remodelling process of progressive heart failure, today announced the US Food and...
tenacio, a company focused on digitising cardiovascular care to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, has announced its OptiCor patient management platform is now commercially available following a completed review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At...
Varian, associated with Siemens Healthineers, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an investigational device exemption (IDE) for the pivotal RADIATE-VT clinical trial. The trial will be the first international, multi-centre, randomised controlled trial to...
An international study conducted by Leonard Yeo (National University Hospital, Singapore) and colleagues has found that the presence of atrial fibrillation does not modify the treatment effect of bridging intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) in ischaemic stroke patients undergoing a thrombectomy...
Ra Medical Systems announces the completion of its previously-announced stock-for-stock merger transaction with Catheter Precision, a company focused on the cardiac electrophysiology market. MedTech veteran and Catheter Precision CEO and founder David Jenkins has joined Ra Medical’s board of directors...
  Biobeat, a global leader in wearable remote patient monitoring solutions for the healthcare continuum, announced today that its wearable remote patient monitoring devices have received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to monitor stroke volume...
CardiacSense, a digital health company that developed the world's most advanced, medically certified wearable device for monitoring vital signs, announced receipt of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of its CSF-3 watch for measuring beat-by-beat heart rate, and...
In their updated meta-analysis of 4,175 patients, Stergios Intzes together with a team from the Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupoli, Greece and the Heart Center, University of Leipzig, Germany, found P-wave duration (PWD) to be an independent predictor of...
HeartBeam, a cardiac technology company that has developed a 3D-vector electrocardiogram (ECG) platform for heart attack detection, has announced that a patent that enables generation of a synthesised 12-lead ECG by the HeartBeam AIMIGo credit card-sized device was issued...
A preclinical study demonstrating key features of the foam-based left atrial appendage closure device (CLAAS, Conformal Medical) has been published in the Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (JSCAI). “This study validates the design features of Conformal's...
Cardiac Insight, a specialist in prescription-based wearable cardiac sensors and automated electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis software for cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis, has announced that researchers at Stanford Medicine selected the company’s Cardea SOLO wearable ECG system for a medical study entitled:...
Volta Medical has announced €36 million in new series B funding, bringing the total capital raised to over €70 million. The company is developing artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to assist electrophysiologists in treating complex cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation...
Anthos Therapeutics has announced that it has enrolled the first patient in LILAC-TIMI 76, a phase 3 study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of abelacimab in high-risk patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) deemed unsuitable for current anticoagulants by...
Johnson & Johnson has today announced it has completed its acquisition of Abiomed. Abiomed is now part of Johnson & Johnson and will operate as a standalone business within Johnson & Johnson’s MedTech segment. “We are excited to officially welcome...
Primary care visits rise sharply in the weeks immediately preceding a sudden cardiac arrest, according to results from the ESCAPE-NET project. The project is backed by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)...
A cohort study of more than 4,500 persons without a history of atrial fibrillation (AF) or stroke has found that measuring left atrial mechanical function can improve stroke prediction. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. AF is a...
The current model for randomised clinical trials must be redesigned for the modern age, according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), American Heart Association (AHA), World Heart Federation (WHF) and American College of Cardiology (ACC). The call comes in...
  Field Medical and CardioNXT have announced a strategic collaboration to provide the first-of-its-kind focal pulsed field ablation (PFA) therapy integrated with 3D mapping & navigation. "PFA has generated much excitement in the treatment of atrial fibrillation due to an improved...
Biotronik announce the first patient enrolment in BIO-CONDUCT, an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial examining the use of the Biotronik Solia S pacing lead when implanted in the left bundle branch (LBB)...
With numerical simulations, researchers have demonstrated a new way to time weak electrical pulses that can stop certain life-threatening arrhythmias. Publishing their work in Chaos, by AIP Publishing, the group shows that timed pulses are successful in ending atrial...
Based in the USA, Weill Cornell Medicine has initiated a new clinical project together with the Mwanza International Trials Unit located in the Lake Zone of Tanzania with the aim of exploring the burden of cardiac arrythmias in adults...
Europe’s health commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, has announced that proposals to extend the transition period for the implementation of the European Union’s (EU) Medical Device Regulation (MDR) will be put forward in early 2023.  Kyriakides informed health ministers from the EU’s...
AstraZeneca has today announced that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted a licence extension for dapagliflozin (Forxiga) in Great Britain for the treatment of symptomatic chronic heart failure (HF) in patients with HF and a...
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has urged European Union (EU) health ministers to act to prevent a “shortfall of essential medical devices for cardiovascular patients”, caused by challenges in the implementation of Europe’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR). Diagnostic...
Ultromics’ EchoGo Heart Failure, an artificial intelligence (AI) solution for echocardiography with the potential to revolutionise the diagnosis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. The system was developed by...
Medtronic has announced enrolment completion and final treatment in the SPHERE Per-AF, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial. The study aims to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Sphere-9 pulsed field (PF)...
A first-of-its-kind analysis on electrophysiological findings in patients with recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmia (ATa) following pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) using the novel pentaspline pulsed-field ablation (PFA) catheter reports a low incidence of pulmonary vein (PV) reconnection. Shonta Tohoku (Cardiovascular Centre Bethanien,...
More scientific evaluation is needed to develop and validate consensus recommendations to ensure that benefits will outweigh risks for consumers who use smartwatches in screening themselves for possible atrial fibrillation (AF), according to the authors of an article published...
The Swiss Federal Assembly has voted in favour of accepting medical devices with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) marketing authorisation in Switzerland. A motion for ‘more freedom of action in the procurement of medical products for supply of the...
Abbott has been recognised by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) with three Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023; 5–8 January, Las Vegas, USA) Innovation Awards for multiple technologies that are said to be “advancing the health tech industry and improving...
An analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) has found catheter ablation reduces mortality and heart failure hospitalisations in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure. Findings of the study were published in the journal Europace. Carrying out a meta-analysis...
HeartBeam, a cardiac technology company that has developed the first and only 3D-vector electrocardiogram (VECG) platform for heart attack detection has announced that its patent for a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) smartwatch-based monitor intended for detection of myocardial infarction (MI)...
Abbott has announced that Health Canada has approved the Aveir single-chamber (VR) leadless pacemaker. The Aveir leadless pacemaker is implanted directly inside the heart's right ventricle via a minimally invasive procedure to treat slower-than-normal heart rates. Unlike traditional pacemakers, leadless...
A recent presentation by Paul J Wang (Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, USA) at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Session 2022 conference (5-7 November, Chicago, USA) outlined the results of the ENHANCE-AF study into a new shared decision-making...
Biosense Webster has announced the publication of data from a study comparing the risk of dementia in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who were treated with catheter ablation versus anti-arrhythmic drugs (AAD) in the American Heart Journal. The study evaluated...
CVRx—the developer of the “world’s first” US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved neuromodulation device to treat the symptoms of heart failure—has launched its new Barostim NEO2 implantable pulse generator (IPG). The second-generation device reduces the size of the IPG by...
Ablation as a first-line treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF) disease is associated with significantly better clinical outcomes than starting with antiarrhythmic drugs.  These were the findings of the 36-month PROGRESSIVE-AF trial, presented by Jason Andrade (Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada)...
WL Gore & Associates has announced that it is initiating the RELIEF clinical study—an investigational study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of transcatheter closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) for the relief of migraine headaches utilising the Gore...
Screening to detect atrial fibrillation (AF) in older people would not only increase the chance of preventing stroke, it would also save money for the healthcare system and society. This is the conclusion from research published in the European...
iRhythm Technologies has announced a new health economic analysis of the mSToPS study, presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) scientific sessions 2022 (5–7 November, Chicago, USA). The study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) with Zio...
CathVision has announced the investigation of the Signal Complexity algorithm designed to visualise and quantify atrial fibrillation (AF) complexity parameters in patients with persistent AF. Ten patients have been treated to date at NYU Langone Health (New York, USA). CathVision’s...
Acutus Medical has announced that it has achieved the first milestone under the asset purchase agreement of its left-heart access portfolio with Medtronic. This triggers a US$20 million earnout payment from Medtronic to Acutus and allows Acutus to become an...
Boston Scientific has announced the European launch of the LUX-Dx insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) system, a long-term diagnostic device inserted under the skin of patients to detect arrhythmias associated with conditions such as atrial fibrillation (AF), cryptogenic stroke and...
Kardium has announced the successful first-in-human study of its next generation Globe pulsed field system to treat atrial fibrillation (AF) using pulsed field ablation (PFA) therapy. Working with Vivek Reddy (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA), and Petr Neužil...
Use of apixaban was associated with a lower risk of gastrointestinal bleed and similar rates of ischaemic stroke or systemic embolism, intracranial haemorrhage and all-cause mortality compared to other direct oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), research...
Johnson & Johnson is to acquire Abiomed, it was announced today, after the two organisations entered into a definitive agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will acquire all outstanding shares of Abiomed through a tender offer. The transaction will include...
Adagio Medical has announced its first pulsed field cryoablation (PFCA) procedure performed using the Adagio CryoPulse catheter system as part of the PARALELL (Pulsed field ablation and pulsed field cryoabLation in perrsistent atriaL fibriLlation) clinical trial. The procedure was performed...
Researchers are to investigate the safety and efficacy of performing left atrial appendage occlusion in patients at high risk for atrial fibrillation (AF) who are undergoing cardiac surgery to prevent future stroke. Richard Whitlock (McMaster University, Ontario, Canada) outlined the...
AccurKardia, a software company that provides clinical-grade, device agnostic, automated electrocardiogram (ECG) analytics, has announced it will collaborate with Mawi, a medtech provider of medical grade wearables in the cardiac space, to integrate its proprietary ECG analytics into Mawi’s...
In a large, population-based study of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and valvular heart disease, those receiving apixaban had a lower risk for ischaemic stroke or systemic embolism and bleeding, and a lower rate of intracranial or gastrointestinal (GI)...
Medtronic has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for expanded labelling for the SelectSecure Model 3830 cardiac lead for left bundle branch area pacing. In 2018, the FDA approved the lead for His-Bundle pacing, another form of conduction...
Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) has favourable effects on cerebral blood flow, particularly in non-paroxysmal AF, research published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. The results may partially explain the association between cognitive decline and AF, Yoshihide Takahashi (Tokyo Medical and...
Biosense Webster has announced the European launch of the Heliostar radiofrequency balloon ablation catheter. Heliostar is indicated for use in catheter-based cardiac electrophysiological mapping of the atria and, when used with a compatible multi-channel radiofrequency generator, for cardiac ablation. The...
Vektor Medical has announced study results that demonstrate a reduction in total procedural duration, fluoroscopy use, and cost after implementation of vMap, its cardiac mapping technology that uses only 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) data. The research was presented by Avinash Toomu...
A real-world study of smartwatch electrocardiography (ECG) tools for the detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) has found that the use of such devices is “challenging” in patients with abnormal ECGs, and could be aided by better algorithms and machine...
Researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to evaluate patients’ electrocardiograms (ECGs) in a targeted strategy to screen for atrial fibrillation (AF). In the digitally-enabled, decentralised study, AI identified new cases of AF that would not have come to clinical...
Puzzle Medical Devices was announced as the winner of the Shark Tank innovation competition at the 2022 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting (TCT, 16–19 September, Boston, USA). The company is developing a novel circulatory support device that is implanted percutaneously in...
This year marked the 20th edition of the Atrial Fibrillation Symposium (AFIB2022; 24–25 May, Copenhagen, Denmark) which, over its lifetime, has evolved to become one of the leading events in the calendar for atrial fibrillation (AF) specialists. Mark O’Neill...
Medtronic has announced that the Linq II insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) system has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in paediatric patients over the age of two who have heart rhythm abnormalities...
Long-term follow-up of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) receiving the Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) device have shown continued safety and efficacy through three-years, results from the Amulet IDE trial shared at the 2022 Transcatheter Cardiovascular...
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) information on YouTube is of low and highly-variable quality, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Quality Summit 2022 (14–16 September, Los Angeles, USA). As more patients turn to the internet for...
A study in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology has identified new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) in one in 20 patients hospitalised with COVID-19. Using data from the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) COVID-19 Cardiovascular Disease Registry, researchers examined nearly 28,000 patients without a...
A new report from the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) National Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Infection Initiative aims to improve adherence to guidelines on device explant following an infection. The report is the result of a summit of key opinion...
Ra Medical Systems has entered into a merger agreement with Catheter Precision. Under the terms of the agreement, Catheter Precision will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ra Medical in a stock-for-stock reverse merger transaction. If completed, the merger will result...
Haemonetics Corporation has received CE mark certification for its Vascade vascular closure and Vascade MVP venous vascular closure systems. The CE marking will allow Haemonetics to engage in the next steps of country-specific entrance of both products into the...
Results of an analysis of Aktiia’s cuffless blood pressure (BP) monitoring system are being presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2022 (7–10 September, San Diego, USA). The analysis has been co-authored by experts from Barts NIHR...
Biotronik has announced a partnership with AliveCor, the developer of personal electrocardiogram (ECG) technology and services. The partnership will bring together Biotronik’s Biomonitor injectable cardiac monitor with AliveCor's AI-enabled, clinically validated, medical-grade KardiaMobile 6L and KardiaMobile Card ECG technology. Through this...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an investigational device exemption (IDE) to Attune Medical to evaluate the company’s ensoETM in the reduction of oesophageal thermal injury during cardiac radiofrequency (RF) ablation procedures. The study—Improving oesophageal protection during...
Vektor Medical has announced the publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript of the clinical data from a study evaluating the accuracy of its vMap technology in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. The system, which was cleared by the US Food and Drug...
AtriAN Medical has announced that it has completed enrolment of a second study using its selective pulsed field ablation (PFA) technology for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). The Neural AF-2 study has enrolled cardiothoracic surgery patients with paroxysmal AF,...
Biosense Webster has announced the release of the Octaray mapping catheter, developed for the mapping of cardiac arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation (AF). The catheter comes with TRUEref technology— a novel mapping reference electrode—powered by the Carto 3 version 7...
Boston Scientific has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to expand the instructions for use labelling for the current-generation Watchman FLX left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device to include a 45-day dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) option as...
 Data from the PROMET and RELEASE studies provide important new insights into the safety and efficacy of rotational transvenous lead extraction (TLE), Christoph Starck (Berlin, Germany) and Peter Paul Delnoy (Zwolle, The Netherlands) tell Cardiac Rhythm News at the 2022 European...
LifeTech has announced that a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved investigator-initiated pre-market clinical trial of its proprietary LAmbre Plus left atrial appendage (LAA) closure system has obtained medical insurance coverage in the USA. This is expected to facilitate the...
The addition of posterior wall isolation (PWI) does not improve arrhythmia outcomes compared with pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone in patients undergoing first time ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). This is the concluding finding from the randomised, multicentre CAPLA...
Volta Medical has announced that peer-reviewed results from the company’s Ev-AIFib proof of concept study with its VX1 decision support software has been published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (JCE). The artificial intelligence (AI) software is designed to assist...
Researchers have developed a risk score to predict mortality for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who have undergone a successful transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and have been discharged home.  The risk score is a product of the ENVISAGE-TAVI AF...
Medtronic has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Affera. The acquisition will expand Medtronic’s cardiac ablation portfolio to include its first cardiac mapping and navigation platform. Among Affera’s offerings is the Affera Prism-1 cardiac mapping and navigation platform,...
Galaxy Medical has announced that it received the CE mark for its Centauri pulsed electric field (PEF) system and launched its commercial programme. The approval allows the company to market the system for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF)...
Medtronic has announced that its investigational EV ICD system—a defibrillator with the lead placed under the breastbone, outside of the heart and veins—achieved a defibrillation success rate of 98.7% and met its safety endpoints in a global clinical trial. Findings...
Screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) using a smartphone app more than doubled the detection and treatment rate in older people compared to routine screening, researchers behind the eBRAVE-AF trial have reported at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) annual...
Results of one of the first and only randomised, blinded trials to assess the use of an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm as an assessment tool for cardiac function suggest that AI improves evaluation when compared to assessment by a...
New guidelines for the management of patients with ventricular arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death have been published today in the European Heart Journal and call for more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in public...
Merit Medical has announced the launch of its SafeGuard Focus Cool compression device. It is part of a broader cardiac portfolio that offers products and accessories necessary for cardiac rhythm management, electrophysiology, and lead extraction procedures as well as interventional...
Thermedical has announced that the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an open-label, single-arm interventional clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Thermedical SERF ablation system with the Durablate catheter in people with ventricular...
Cannabis prescribed for chronic pain is associated with an elevated risk of heart rhythm disorders, according to research presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress (ESC 2022, 26–29 August, Barcelona, Spain). Study author Nina Nouhravesh of Gentofte University...
Patients with recently diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) with a high burden of comorbidities should be considered for early rhythm control to reduce cardiovascular outcomes, whereas those with fewer comorbidities may have less favourable outcomes with this strategy. These are among...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidance recommending KardiaMobile 6L for measuring cardiac QT interval in people having antipsychotic medication. People taking antipsychotic medication may need testing for heart problems before starting treatment and...
A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) provides guidance about sleep-disordered breathing and its association with the development of cardiac arrhythmia.  Published in Circulation, the analysis was authored by a panel led by Reena Mehra and Mina...
CathVision has secured US$7.2 million in funding from existing investors to help advance commercial operations driving adoption of the ECGenius system, the company's EP recording technology. Funding will also support the continued development of artificial intelligence-powered analytic modules to provide...
A first-in-human multicentre trial using in-catheter, heated saline-enhanced radio frequency (SERF) ablation for patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) has reported that the technique showed complete acute and satisfactory mid-term control of difficult VTs, which had failed one to five...
OSYPKA AG, a medical device company based in Rheinfelden, Germany, has received the CE mark under the European Union’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR) for a class III cardiac pacing electrode. “This is a new milestone that is also valuable for...
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has announced the full line-up of speakers and sessions for its first annual HRX meeting (8–10 September, San Diego, USA). The conference offers clinicians, engineers, product developers, investors, entrepreneurs, non-profit organisations, and patient advocacy groups...
Projected rates of cardiovascular risk factors and disease will increase significantly in the USA by 2060, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) has claimed. Substantial increases in cardiovascular trends may contribute to a...
A project to develop genetic therapies to effectively cure cardiomyopathy has been announced as the winner of the British Heart Foundation’s Big Beat Challenge, a £30 million innovation project targeting unmet needs in heart disease. CureHeart—a project involving researchers from...
Adagio Medical has announced the publication of the results of its Cryocure-2 ultra-low temperature cryoablation (ULTC) study in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Journal of American College of Cardiology (JACC), Clinical Electrophysiology. The study prospectively enrolled 79 patients...
InCarda Therapeutics has announced enrolment of the first patient in the company’s pivotal phase 3 RESTORE-1 clinical trial of InRhythm (orally inhaled flecainide) in patients with newly-diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF) or recurrent paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). At an end-of-phase 2...
Acutus Medical has announced approval of its AcQMap high resolution imaging and mapping system and the AcQMap 3D imaging and mapping catheter in Japan. Acutus’ International Alliance partner Biotronik has commenced training and early market development activities in collaboration with...
iRhythm Technologies has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its ZEUS (Zio ECG Utilization Software) system for the Zio Watch. Produced in partnership with Verily, the ZEUS system combines deep learned algorithms with a cardiac arrhythmia...
Acutus Medical has announced that David Roman has been appointed president and chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. The company also announced preliminary second quarter revenue results. Roman, who joined the company as chief...
Around 80% of patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) in the UK population are eligible for early rhythm control, an analysis of the EAST-AFNET 4 trial, published in Heart, has found. Rhythm control therapy is typically delayed unless patients have...
Boston Scientific is collaborating with Telefónica España to provide ‘advanced healthcare technology’, including 5G, through its recently launched Remote Clinical Support Centre—RhythmCARE—which is intended to provide remote support to a number of hospitals in Europe, Africa and the Middle...
A research project at the University of Leeds (Leeds, UK) aiming to find an easier way to establish the optimum heart rate for heart failure patients with pacemakers, has received a £200,000 grant from Heart Research UK. According to researchers,...
Stereotaxis has announced the CE mark submission for its MAGiC catheter, a robotically navigated magnetic interventional ablation catheter for minimally invasive cardiac ablation procedures. MAGiC is used in conjunction with Stereotaxis’ robotic systems and designed to provide catheter precision, stability...
Abbott has introduced its EnSite X EP a cardiac mapping platform with EnSite Omnipolar Technology (OT) in Canada. The platform allows for the creation of a 3D model of the patient’s cardiac anatomy in real-time, improving how physicians identify and...
Biotronik’s LiveSupport feature was used to remotely support two Biomonitor implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) implants shortly after launch. Both procedures were performed with a Biotronik representative in a remote location. Developed in part as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic,...
Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) was economically attractive compared with drug therapy in the CABANA (Catheter ablation versus antiarrhythmic drug therapy for atrial fibrillation) trial, investigators have reported in Circulation. CABANA was an investigator-initiated, open-label, multicentre, randomised trial in...
Cardiac testing company CardiNor AS has announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with IBL-America for sales of the CardiNor Secretoneurin ELISA test in the USA. By initially targeting research institutes, clinical research organisations and pharmaceutical companies, the company...
HeartBeam is expanding the available patient population for its emergency department software technology solution. In evaluating the electrocardiogram (ECG) database for the clinical validation of HeartBeam’s platform technology, a significant portion of consecutive patients fell into the category of...
Acutus Medical has announced the completion of the first of two closings for its previously disclosed sale of the company’s left-heart access portfolio to Medtronic. Additionally, Acutus Medical has also announced entry into a new longer-term credit facility with Deerfield...
People who develop an arrhythmia after surgery have an increased risk of subsequently being admitted to hospital with heart failure, according to a study of over three million patients published in the European Heart Journal. The study showed that...
Acutus Medical has announced the commercial launch of an expanded suite of left-heart access products to now include the AcQCross Qx system for use with the TruSeal and FXD delivery system for the Watchman left atrial appendage closure (LAAC)...
In patients treated with pulsed field ablation (PFA) for symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), the incidence of asymptomatic thromboembolic cerebral events or lesions detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was as low as 3%. This is according to the...
A study, published in the European Heart Journal–Digital Health, shows the predictive potential of a deep-learning model in identifying patients at risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) following monitoring with a 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG), despite no documented prior AF,...
Recommendations on how to use gene testing to prevent sudden cardiac death in athletes and enable safe exercise have been published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. “Genetic testing for potentially lethal variants is more accessible than ever before...
A national, multicentre registry investigating the safety and efficacy of laser lead extraction has reported high success- and low procedure-related complication rates associated with the procedure. This is the headline finding of the GALLERY (German laser lead extraction gallery)...
Conformal Medical has announced the launch of the CONFORM pivotal trial with the enrolment of the first patients at two US sites. The investigational device exemption (IDE) study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the company's CLAAS system compared...
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) using the Watchman FLX (Boston Scientific) device was comparable in terms of rates of death, stroke, bleeding or device-related thrombus when compared to use of aspirin with an anticoagulant,...
Incidence of ventricular arrhythmias can be linked to days when air pollution is high, according to research presented at Heart Failure 2022 (21–24 May, Madrid, Spain). The study was conducted in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), enabling...
AtriCure has announced that the first patient has been treated in the HEAL-IST trial, evaluating the safety and effectiveness of AtriCure’s Isolator Synergy Clamp for the treatment of drug-refractory patients diagnosed with inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST). The first patient...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Aveir single-chamber (VR) leadless pacemaker for the treatment of patients in the US with slow heart rhythms. The Aveir leadless pacemaker is implanted directly inside the...
A study has revealed the “global collateral damage” caused by the disruption to cardiac services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Writing in the European Heart Journal, researchers warn that problems with heart health will “...continue to accrue unless mitigation...
The use of a subcutaneous-implantable defibrillator (S-ICD, Boston Scientific) reduced the rate of major, lead-related complications by as much as 92% when compared to a transvenous device (TV-ICD), according to the investigators of the ATLAS trial, who presented their...
Findings of the US multicentre cardioneural ablation (CNA) registry were presented during a late-breaking clinical trial session at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 2022 annual meeting (HRS 2022, 29 April–1 May, San Francisco, USA), showing that ablation can be a...
Attune Medical has announced that the first patients have been enrolled in the IMPACT II— Improving Oesophageal Protection During Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation—study, evaluating the use of the ensoETM in cardiac radiofrequency ablation procedures. Data from this study will...
inHEART has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its inHEART Models software suite that enables 3D visualisation and analysis of anatomical structures for pre-procedural planning and intraprocedural use. With this clearance, inHEART will expand its commercial...
Endotronix has announced data from the SIRONA 2 clinical trial evaluating safety and efficacy of its Cordella pulmonary artery pressure sensor system in New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III heart failure patients. The prospective, multicentre trial met all primary...
Findings of the EAST-AFNET 4 trial, examining the benefit of early rhythm control therapy in patients with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF), should influence future guidelines for the treatment of AF patients. This was the message of Paulus Kirchhof (Hamburg,...
Results of a study presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 2022 annual meeting (HRS 2022, 29 April–1 May, San Francisco, USA) show that the success of intended same day discharge (SDD) improves over time for patients undergoing atrial fibrillation...
Use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based app using electrocardiogram (ECG) signals recorded with an Apple Watch is able to identify left-ventricular dysfunction, research presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 2022 annual meeting (HRS 2022, 29 April–1 May, San Francisco,...
CathVision has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the ECGenius electrophysiology recording system. ECGenius acquires high-fidelity, low-noise, cardiac electrograms to help electrophysiologists improve the diagnosis and treatment of complex atrial arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AF). Conventional...
Ceryx Medical has raised £3.8m in seed funding which will be used to commercialise its technology and commence the first-in-human clinical study of the cardiac rhythm management device, Cysoni, later this year. The new funding involves Icehouse Ventures, The Development...
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has announced the findings of three clinical trials demonstrating positive outcomes of conduction system pacing (CSP) for patients in need of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT). The studies were presented as late-breaking clinical science at...
Results from a new clinical trial found aggressive blood pressure (BP) control reduced the risk of left-ventricular conduction disease. This study is the first to provide causal evidence that cardiac conduction disease is preventable, according to researchers. Findings were...
Abbott has announced US availability of its Amplatzer steerable delivery sheath, which is used with the company's Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder to treat people with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are at risk of ischaemic stroke. For patients...
Medtronic has announced new data from the STROKE AF clinical trial, showing that large and small vessel ischaemic stroke patients who receive short-term or intermittent monitoring using holter monitors and 30-day external monitors may not be optimally managed for...
CathVision has completed patient enrolment in the CathVision ECGenius System clinical evaluation study at the University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, USA). The study is the first in the USA to evaluate the safety and technical performance of ECGenius...
Medtronic has announced that Laura Mauri has been appointed as the company’s chief scientific, medical and regulatory officer. This appointment adds to Mauri's prior responsibilities as chief clinical and regulatory officer, aligning and integrating the company's scientific, medical, clinical research...
The use of high-power, short duration ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has the potential to speed up procedural times and increase the number of ablations that can be performed in a day. This is the message of Teresa Strisciuglio (Clinica...
The pandemic saw a boom in the use of remote technologies and telehealth for patient monitoring and management, including for patients with heart failure—and many of these technologies look to have a role in the future, even despite a...
Medtronic has announced two AccuRhythm AI algorithms will be applied to LINQ II insertable cardiac monitors (ICM) through cloud-based updates in Europe later this spring. AccuRhythm AI applies artificial intelligence (AI) to heart rhythm event data collected by LINQ II,...
Fitbit has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new photoplethysmography (PPG) algorithm to identify atrial fibrillation (AF). The algorithm will power a new irregular heart rhythm notification feature on Fitbit. In a press release,...
Cardiologs has announced the results of a clinical study showing that its deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) software reduces inconclusive results returned by the latest Apple Watch ECG companion app—Apple ECG 2.0—while maintaining performance (sensitivity and specificity). “Wearable devices, such...
Among the array of remote monitoring and digital arrhythmia management tools on display at the 2022 European Heart Rhythm Association annual meeting (EHRA 2022, 3‒5 April, Copenhagen, Denmark), Boston Scientific showcased its Heart Connect remote support system, which has...
FEops has announced that it received authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for FEops Heartguide pre-operative planning of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) with Abbott’s Amplatzer Amulet and Boston Scientific’s Watchman FLX device. FEops Heartguide is a...
iRhythm Technologies has announced the results of three clinical research studies presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual scientific sessions (ACC 2022, 2–4 April, Washington DC, USA). According to iRhythm, the evidence further validates the Zio service as a...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Aveir single-chamber (VR) leadless pacemaker for the treatment of patients in the USA with slow heart rhythms. This marks significant advancement for patient care and...
Screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) should be integrated into flu vaccination and cancer screening programmes, according to a survey of general practitioners (GPs) conducted by the AFFECT-EU project and presented at the 2022 European Heart Rhythm Association annual meeting...
A simple electrocardiogram (ECG) can pinpoint hospitalised COVID-19 patients at high risk of death who might need intensive management, according to the authors of a study presented at the 2022 European Heart Rhythm Association annual meeting (EHRA 2022, 3‒5...
Overweight patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are more likely to experience a return of the heart rhythm disorder after a corrective procedure than those of normal weight, according to research presented at the 2022 European Heart Rhythm Association annual...
Results of a large-scale, real-world analysis of US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data on the rates of guideline adherence and associated mortality in patients with cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) infection show that only around one...
Use of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) may relevant role of CMR in risk stratification for sudden cardiac death after myocardial infarction, to late-breaking research presented at the 2022 European Heart Rhythm Association annual meeting (EHRA 2022, 3‒5 April, Copenhagen,...
Recommendations on the prevention and management of interference caused by medical procedures in patients with implanted electronic cardiac devices has been published today in EP Europace, and presented at the 2022 European Heart Rhythm Association annual meeting (EHRA 2022,...
The “exponential growth” in the use of digital devices for monitoring arrhythmias has led to the development of a new international consensus document. The paper, published today in EP Europace, will also be presented at the 2022 European Heart...
East End Medical has announced the first commercial use of its SafeCross transseptal radiofrequency (RF) puncture and steerable balloon introducer system. The system is designed to provide a predictable and safe solution for performing electrophysiology and structural heart interventions...
The launch of the latest KODEX-EPD cardiac mapping and navigation system is among the features Royal Philips will showcase at the 2022 European Heart Rhythm Association annual meeting (EHRA 2022, 3‒5 April, Copenhagen, Denmark), the company has revealed in...
GE Healthcare and AliveCor have announced a partnership to deliver medical-grade six-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) taken by patients on an AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L ECG device outside of the hospital setting directly into GE Healthcare’s MUSE Cardiac Management System for physicians...
Researchers have developed a clinical algorithm that distinguishes between treatable sudden cardiac arrest and untreatable forms of the condition. The findings, Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Clinical Electrophysiology, have the potential to enhance prevention of sudden cardiac arrest,...
Black and Hispanic individuals experiencing a cardiac arrest either at home or in public are substantially less likely to receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander compared to white individuals, according to a study presented at the American College...
Researchers want to leverage the centuries-old art of cutting paper into designs to develop a sensor sheet that can stretch and breathe alongside the skin while collecting electrocardiographic data, according to a press review. In Applied Physics Reviews, the...
Stereotaxis has announced that Poland’s National Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw has established the first robotic electrophysiology programme in the country with Stereotaxis’ Genesis robotic magnetic navigation (RMN) system. The National Institute of Cardiology is the only hospital in...
Research published in the journal BMC Medicine investigates the impact of kidney function in patients on antithrombotic therapy. The study, a post hoc sub-group analysis focusing on recurrent bleeding events in the AFIRE (Atrial Fibrillation and Ischemic Events with Rivaroxaban...
Pulmonary vein-left atrial (PV/LA) volume ratio is a significantly better predictor power for atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence than LA dimension in patients with normal or mild LA enlargement, with an association between PV/LA volume and the PITX2 gene. This...
A consensus document outlining design principles and outcome definitions for device-based therapies for hypertension has been published in the journal Circulation. The development of the document has been led by the Hypertension Academic Research Consortium (HARC), which aims to create...
Pulsed-field ablation (PFA) and/or radiofrequency ablation (RFA) using a lattice-tip catheter can both isolate pulmonary veins (PVs) and create linear lesions efficiently and safely, with a high degree of lesion durability, and promising freedom from arrythmia recurrence. This was...
DiA Imaging Analysis Ltd, announced today a multi-year agreement with Change Healthcare. Change Healthcare's proven cardiology solutions, along with DiA's AI-based algorithms, will benefit echocardiologists and other imaging specialists by improving the efficiency of routine tasks and the effectiveness...
A new strategy using telehealth to monitor blood pressure at home for several months immediately after a stroke had a positive impact on patient engagement and blood pressure control among people who live in historically under-resourced communities, according to preliminary research presented at...
Hospitals in England are trialling remote monitoring technology from iRhythm Technologies—Zio XT—which is designed to aid the detection of arrhythmias supported by artificial intelligence. Typically patients experiencing symptoms of an arrhythmia would need to go to hospital for 24 hours...
Royal Philips has announced new research evaluating mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) as a first-line diagnostic ambulatory monitoring solution with post-cryptogenic stroke patients. The study determined that a 30-day continuous monitoring program using the Philips BioTel Heart MCOT patch, followed...
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasing uptake of paediatric electrophysiology (EP) telehealth services has demonstrated clear ability to deliver healthcare for a pathologically and geographically diverse group of patients, who mostly report satisfaction with the service....
Portable electronic devices containing magnets may inhibit pulse generators for implanted cardiac devices (ICDs) and pacemakers according to new research published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. The authors of the research, Corentin Féry (Institute for Medical Engineering and Medical Informatics,...
A recent systematic review and meta-analysis, published in the Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, has deemed same-day discharge following catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) to be safe and feasible.   According to a recent review, it is common practice...
Results from a new analysis assessing real-world outcomes with the Watchman FLX (Boston Scientific) left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) demonstrated a low rate of major adverse events at seven days following implant of the device. The SURPASS analysis, which included...
Women remain underrepresented in leading cardiovascular clinical trials, corresponding with underrepresentation and a lack of gender diversity among presenters at scientific meetings, according to a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). A previous analysis...
Wearable technology and digital health specialist Activinsights has announced a partnership agreement with the cardiovascular research organisation Cardialysis to promote the use of remote monitoring wearables as a tool for researchers to better understand the daily lifestyles of cardiac...
A review paper published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology explores the potential mechanisms linking stress and atrial fibrillation (AF), and the possible uses of stress reduction in the management of the condition. Stress has been linked with poor health outcomes, though...
Historically, catheter ablation has been reserved for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who have failed to respond to, or tolerate antiarrhythmic drug therapy, electrophysiologist Dhiraj Gupta (Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, UK) tells Cardiac Rhythm News. However, he explains,...
Both cryoballoon ablation (CBA) and hot balloon ablation (HBA) are effective treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF), however, patients treated with HBA are more likely to receive touch-up ablation, with a longer procedure time. This was the main concluding...
Siemens Healthineers has announced the launch of Artis icono biplane—an angiography system with detectors optimised in size for integrated use in the cath lab. The system offers new features for diagnosing and treating cardiac arrhythmia, coronary heart disease, and structural...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for the company’s CardioMEMS HF system to support the care of more people living with heart failure. With the expanded indication, an additional 1.2...
Medtronic has announced that the Freezor and Freezor Xtra cardiac cryoablation catheters are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the growing prevalence of paediatric atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). AVNRT is the most common form...
Fewer than half of UK citizens are aware of the link between arrhythmia and stroke, while around one in five people with a personal or familial risk of heart disease were unaware of how to check their pulse to...
Cardiologist and researcher Robert Califf has been confirmed as the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Califf returns to the role that he held between September 2016 and January 2017, having been confirmed in a vote...
A new timely practice—known as the “1-2-3-4-day” rule—for the administration of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients after acute ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is deemed feasible to decrease the risk of recurrent stroke, systemic embolism, and...
Boston Scientific has announced the close of its acquisition of Baylis Medical Company, a company that offers advanced transseptal access solutions as well as guidewires, sheaths and dilators used to support catheter-based left-heart procedures. “The close of this acquisition allows...
Vektor Medical has announced that the University of California, San Diego Health (UCSD, San Diego, USA) is the first hospital system to offer the vMap arrhythmia mapping system. The recently US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved technology identifies potential arrhythmia...
CoreMap has announced the closure of a US$3 million series A milestone financing, with a US$20 million series B financing, which includes a diverse group of strategic, institutional, venture, and individual partners. Pierre Jaïs of the Electrophysiology and Heart Modeling...
A collaboration between Ceryx Medical Limited and the scientists at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) and the Universities of Bath and Bristol, have developed technology that they claim, could improve the outlook for patients with serious heart conditions. Ceryx Medical's...
atHeart Medical has announced that it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the start of the second phase of its ASCENT ASD US investigational device exemption (IDE) pivotal trial, evaluating the safety and efficacy of...
The placement of an interarterial shunt device—the Corvia atrial shunt (Corvia Medical)—did not reduce the total rate of heart failure events in a population of patients with heart failure with preserved or mildly reduced ejection fraction (HFpEF or HFmrEF). This...
Abbott has announced the first patient implants of a dual-chamber leadless pacemaker system as part of its AVEIR DR i2i pivotal clinical study. The implant of Abbott's investigational Aveir dual-chamber leadless pacemaker represents a technological milestone for leadless pacing...
BioCardia has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device Designation for the CardiAMP cell therapy system for the treatment of heart failure. CardiAMP cell therapy uses autologous bone marrow cells delivered to the heart...
A same-day discharge strategy for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) could become the standard approach for this technique, according to the authors of a study published in the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, who concluded that the strategy is safe,...
AliveCor has announced the launch of KardiaMobile Card—an electrocardiogram (ECG) device the size of a standard credit card. “After disrupting traditional ECG monitoring with our game-changing Kardia platform, we have now achieved the unprecedented milestone of creating the first-ever credit-card-sized...
Use of temperature-controlled ablation for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is effective and highly efficient, according to Jose Osorio—the director of electrophysiology at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. His comments follow the completion of a US-based...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two final guidances providing recommendations for including patient perspectives in medical device clinical studies.   As per an FDA press release, the finalised version of the first of these two guidance...
Royal Philips has announced the introduction of a full-service, at-home, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) solution for use in decentralised clinical trials. The clinical-grade solution is the most advanced patient-centric ECG offering within the company’s cardiac monitoring portfolio, pairing data readings...
A recent study has demonstrated 100% pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) using only pulsed field ablation (PFA), resulting in no PFA-related serious adverse events. This was the concluding finding of the PULSED AF (Pulsed-field ablation to irreversibly electroporate tissue and...
Contact-force (CF)-guided ablation to treat typical atrial flutter does not reduce recurrent atrial arrhythmia at 12 months follow-up, in comparison to ablation blinded for contact force. This was the main conclusion of a randomised controlled trial (RCT), findings of...
Acute alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation (AF), a study published in Nature Cardiovascular Research has concluded The study is the first to show an association between increased drinking and hospital visits for AF in...
Royal Philips is supporting the American Heart Association’s (AHA’S) effort to generate awareness among cross-disciplinary specialties and improve survival rates from cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) infections. With the support of Philips, the American Heart Association’s national CIED infection initiative...
According to a press release, AtriAN Medicals clinical data from the Neural atrial fibrillation (AF) study was presented by Vivek Reddy (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, USA) at this year's renowned annual AF symposium 2022 (13—15 January, New York...
MicroPort CRM has recently received the pharmaceuticals and medical devices agency (PMDA) Japanese regulation agency approval for the Alizea range of portable pacemakers. The devices are equipped with bluetooth technology for streamlined remote monitoring when paired with MicroPort CRM's...
Abbott has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the EnSite X EP system with EnSite Omnipolar Technology (OT), a new cardiac mapping platform available in the USA and across Europe that is designed to...
Medtronic has received approval from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for the sale and reimbursement of the Micra AV Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), and the company will launch the product this month. This approval expands the number of...

Medtronic to acquire Affera

Medtronic has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire medical technology company Affera. Affera designs and manufactures cardiac mapping and navigation systems and catheter-based cardiac ablation technologies, including a differentiated, focal pulsed field ablation (PFA) solution, for...
Khaldoun Tarakji, associate section head of cardiac electrophysiology at the Heart, Vascular, and Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, USA) has joined Medtronic as vice president and chief medical officer (CMO) of the company's Cardiac Ablation Solutions (CAS) Operating...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued Medical Technologies Guidance (MTG) recommending KardiaMobile (AliveCor) as an option for detecting atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with suspected paroxysmal AF, who present with symptoms such as palpitations...
Endotronix has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for an amendment to the company's PROACTIVE-HF study, a pivotal Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial investigating the Cordella Pulmonary Artery (PA) Pressure Sensor, shifting the...
Adagio Medical has announced first-in-human cases of pulsed field cryoablation (PFCA) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). The cases were performed at Medicover Hospital, Warsaw, Poland by Pawel Derejko, head of the Department of Cardiology at Medicover and Atul...
Volta Medical has announced the introduction of VX1 artificial intelligence (AI) software at three US hospitals. New York Presbyterian Queens, Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital both in New York, and Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside, Jacksonville, have been named as...
Doctors at St David's Medical Center in Austin, USA recently implanted a new neurostimulator technology in patients to help treat advanced heart failure—and are among the first physicians in the USA to do so, according to a press release. The...
Affera has announced that the first patient was treated in the recently approved SPHERE PerAF trial, a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) pivotal randomised trial, to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Affera...
FAST BioMedical has announced the publication of additional results from the EMPAKT CHF (Estimating versus Measuring Plasma Volume and Kidney Function in Acute Decompensated Congestive Heart Failure) ­clinical trial in the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Heart Failure journal....
Kardium has announced the completion of successful first-in-human (FIH) procedures with the Globe pulsed field system. Vivek Reddy of Mount Sinai Hospital (New York, USA) and Petr Neužil of Na Homolce Hospital (Prague, Czech Republic), performed the procedures in Prague,...
Implicity has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for a novel medical algorithm that analyses ECG data from implantable loop recorders (ILRs). “This is an important step for Implicity as we expand in the US market,” said Arnaud...
LifeTech Scientific Corporation has announced that it has extended its agreements with Medtronic to further the strategic collaboration on the HeartTone domestic pacemaker project and to start the collaboration on domestically-made MRI-conditional pacemakers. Together with MRI-conditional leads, these products...
Stereotaxis has announced the publication of the results of a prospective, multicentre study comparing the incidence of silent cerebral embolism (SCE) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients undergoing robotic cardiac ablation or manual in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. The study evaluated...
New research suggests that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are not used as frequently for females and patients of colour, despite the increased use of ICDs in the management of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), over recent decades.   In patients with HCM,...
Royal Philips has announced an expansion of its ultrasound portfolio with new imaging tools and features for cardiology, designed to “increase diagnostic confidence and workflow efficiency”. Philips will be showcasing these developments through its participation in the EuroEcho 2021...
SyMap Medical has announced the completion of a financing round which will be used to accelerate global clinical trials for the company’s renal mapping and selective renal denervation systems. The financing round of nearly US$100 million was led by Primavera...
One in 10 junior doctors training to be cardiologists in the UK say they have been bullied, the results of a survey published online in the journal Heart indicate. Women and those who qualified in medicine outside the UK...
Restore Medical has announced preliminary results of the first-in-human clinical trial of ContraBand, a breakthrough treatment for patients suffering from congestive heart failure. The minimally-invasive, catheter-delivered implants are used to treat patients with chronic left ventricular failure. ContraBand has been...
Boston Scientific has announced the start of the MODULAR ATP clinical trial to evaluate the safety, performance and effectiveness of the mCRM modular therapy system. The mCRM system consists of two cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices intended to work...
Persistent opioid use following a cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) procedure is common, according to a study published in Circulation, which reports that 12% of patients receiving a CIED are consistently using pain medication in the months after the...
Canon Medical has announced the introduction of the Precise IQ Engine (PIQE) deep-learning reconstruction (DLR) and SilverBeam filter. PIQE, which Canon describes as super-resolution deep-learning reconstruction technology for cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans, delivers “exceptional” cardiac CT image quality by...
Acutus Medical has announced the initiation of AcQForce PFA-CE, a clinical study that will evaluate the safety and performance of the company’s focal force sensing pulsed field ablation (PFA) catheter and system in combination with its novel noncontact 3D...
Cardiologs announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use its AI-powered cardiac diagnostics platform for paediatric cardiology. The expanded authorisation was granted based on an analysis of the company's improved deep...
The advent of pulsed field ablation (PFA) will revolutionise the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), Tom de Potter (Aalst, Belgium) tells Cardiac Rhythm News, discussing the future of the treatment of the condition. PFA utilises a controlled electric field to...
European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidance for the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease during the COVID-19 pandemic has been published in the European Heart Journal. The guidance brought together a large number of key opinion leaders at the outset...
Cardialen has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an investigational device exemption (IDE) to begin a clinical trial of its Multipulse Therapy (MPT) to treat paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). MPT is delivered as...
Women diagnosed with breast cancer are significantly more likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AF) compared to women without cancer, according to research published in the European Heart Journal. These patients have a three-fold increased risk of death from either heart...
Results of the Fitbit Heart study, presented during a late-breaking science session at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2021 (AHA 2021; 13–15 November; virtual), suggest that the consumer fitness tracking watch, Fitbit, was capable of detecting undiagnosed atrial...
HeartVista has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to deliver its AI-assisted One Click magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisition software on Siemens Healthineers MRI scanners. The use of cardiac MRI, also known as cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR),...

What to expect from AHA 2021

Ahead of the American Heart Association’s 2021 annual scientific sessions (AHA 2021, 13–15 November, virtual), Cardiac Rhythm News speaks to the meeting’s programme committee chair Manesh Patel (Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, USA) about some of the highlights...
Data from the global Leadless II IDE study evaluating the Aveir (Abbott) leadless pacemaker in patients with certain abnormal heart rhythms show that the device met its prespecified primary safety and efficacy endpoints . The findings were presented today in...
Adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation (AF) are less likely to notice irregular heartbeat symptoms, more likely to have a lower quality of life (QoL), and experience more co-existing health conditions than people with...
Caption Health and Ultromics have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate cardiovascular disease detection and treatment for more patients in more accessible care settings. Together, the companies will jointly offer the Caption AI software platform alongside Ultromics’ EchoGo deep...
Vektor Medical has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for its novel computational electrocardiogram (ECG) mapping system, vMap. vMap is designed to map potential arrhythmia sources associated with stable or unstable arrhythmias anywhere in the heart—including all...
Patients who went into cardiac arrest in the cardiac cath lab were more likely to survive to hospital discharge than those who had a cardiac arrest in the intensive care unit (ICU), yet less likely to survive than those...
Medtronic has announced its ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by fiscal year 2045 across its operations and value chain to accelerate efforts to combat climate change. The announcement comes amidst the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference...
Royal Philips has signed an agreement to acquire Cardiologs, a developer of cardiac diagnostics using artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technology. Cardiologs will further strengthen Philips’ cardiac monitoring and diagnostics offering with innovative software technology, electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis and...
Findings of the SWISS-APERO trial, presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics annual meeting (TCT 2021, 4–6 November, Orlando USA and virtual), comparing the Amulet (Abbott) and Watchman FLX (Boston Scientific) left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) devices, show similar rates...
Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAC) remains non-inferior to non vitamin-K-antagonists (NOACs) for the prevention of major cardiovascular, neurological or bleeding events in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) at long-term follow-up. These are four-year findings of the PRAGUE-17 clinical trial,...
South Korean artificial intelligence (AI) developer Vuno has announced that the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (KFDA) has designated the company's AI-based electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis software Vuno Med-DeepECG as a breakthrough device. Using deep learning, the software...
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH, Boston, USA) have reported the detection and characterisation of thrombosis using fibrin-targeted positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance in a first-in-human study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. Atrial fibrillation (AF) can cause clots to...
Research presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting (ACR Convergence, 3–9 November, virtual) shows that hydroxychloroquine does not appear to be associated with QTc interval prolongation, an irregularity of the electrical activity of the heart that places...
A pragmatic clinical trial—CHANGE AFib—will determine whether early treatment with the antiarrhythmic drug dronedarone improves cardiovascular and long-term outcomes in patients presenting with first-detected atrial fibrillation (AF). The trial represents a collaboration between the American Heart Association (AHA) and...
CathVision has announced the first patient enrolments in the PVISION multicentre clinical study, investigating the automated assessment of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) using the company's artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, a PVI analyser, in combination with the ECGenius system, CathVision's...
An artificial intelligence (AI)-based computer algorithm created by researchers at the Mount Sinai Health System (New York, USA) has been able to learn how to identify subtle changes in electrocardiograms (ECGs) to predict whether a patient was experiencing heart...
Ethnic and racial minority cardiologists report career satisfaction but face professional discrimination and exclusion. This was the main finding of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) professional life survey, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology...
Stereotaxis has announced publication of a study in the International Journal of Cardiology: Heart & Vascular demonstrating superior safety and efficacy of Stereotaxis’ robotic technology to treat atrioventricular reentry tachycardia (AVRT) and atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) in paediatric...
Baylis Medical Company has reached an agreement to sell its cardiology business to Boston Scientific. The acquisition, for an upfront payment of US$1.75 billion, subject to closing adjustments, will see Baylis Medical Company and its cardiology products transition to Boston...
Medtronic has announced the publication of a study demonstrating, through the use of a continuous rhythm monitoring device, that atrial fibrillation (AF) is directly and transiently associated with ischaemic stroke. The findings were published online in JAMA Cardiology. This retrospective...
Haemonetics Corporation has announced that the Vascade MVP venous vascular closure system is has received a US Food and Drug (FDA) indication for same-day discharge following atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. The same-day discharge labelling was granted following the conclusion of...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed healthcare providers of recent information about the potential for differences in procedural outcomes between women and men undergoing implant of a left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) device. The FDA is evaluating...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company's Amplatzer Talisman PFO Occlusion System to treat people with a patent foramen ovale (PFO)—a small opening between the upper chambers of the heart—who are...
Biosense Webster, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies has announced post-approval procedures were successfully performed with the Heliostar radiofrequency balloon ablation catheter at sites across Europe. In Europe, the Heliostar Balloon Catheter is indicated for use...
Benjamin D’Souza, assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, cardiac electrophysiologist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, USA, discusses the recent developments in robotics in the electrophysiology (EP) lab. The two main criticisms of the use of robotics...
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has announced that its cardiovascular digital health conference—HRX—has been rescheduled to September 2022. The event had been due to take place in San Diego, USA, over 2–4 December 2021. In a statement issued late last...
Specific and dynamic changes on electrocardiograms (ECGs) of hospitalised patients with COVID-19 or influenza can help predict a timeframe for worsening health and death, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Cardiology. The study, carried...
Continuous heart rhythm monitoring—with anticoagulation if atrial fibrillation (AF) is detected—does not prevent strokes in those at risk. That is the finding of the LOOP study, presented during a Hot Line session at the European Society of Cardiology’s 2021...
Ablation plus cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is superior to pharmacological rate control in reducing mortality in severely symptomatic permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with a narrow QRS, according to late breaking research presented in a Hot Line session at...
Image-guided fibrosis ablation in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) does not improve ablation success rates compared to PVI alone in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), according to an intention-to-treat analysis presented in a Hot Line session at...
The Arrhythmia Alliance’s 2021 Heart Rhythm Congress (A-A HRC 2021 3–6 October, virtual) returns for its second ever digital edition, which will see more than 250 world heart rhythm specialists deliver more than 200 hours of educational content. In recognition...
Galaxy Medical announced today the initiation of the SPACE-AF study with enrolment of the first two patients at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Canada.  In the study, the Centauri pulsed electric field (PEF) ablation system will be used to...
QardioDirect, the all-inclusive service for remote patient monitoring (RPM) from Qardio, now includes ambulatory cardiac monitoring to help diagnose atrial fibrillation (AF) along with a range of other arrhythmias. Multiple short duration recordings can identify symptomatic and asymptomatic periods of...
VitalConnect has announced the launch of a new version of VistaCenter for cardiac and remote patient monitoring. This new version brings updates including simplified patient intake, live patient census views, custom notification profiles and report delivery—all designed to streamline...
Medtronic has announced a pilot programme with Mpirik to address disparities in care associated with the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. SCA is caused by a disturbance...
Zoll Medical and Itamar Medical have announced that the two companies signed a definitive agreement under which Zoll Medical will acquire all outstanding ordinary shares of Itamar Medical for a total value of approximately US$538 million. Itamar Medical is focused...
Biotronik has announced the first observational results of the CERTITUDE registry, documenting real-world clinical outcomes of patients in the USA who use implantable loop recorders (ILR), pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT-D) devices that have Biotronik...
Stereotaxis and Shanghai Microport EP Medtech have announced a broad collaboration to advance technology innovation and commercial adoption of robotics in electrophysiology in China. The agreement brings together MicroPort EP’s commercial and product leadership in China’s electrophysiology market with Stereotaxis’...
Bhargav Vemulapalli, Shreya Srivastava and John Kassotis (New Brunswick, USA) review the potential use of antibiotic-eluting envelopes (ABEs) based on available clinical data, while underscoring the need for standardised guidelines related to antibiotic prophylaxis. Infections associated with cardiac implantable electronic...
AliveCor has announced the results of what it describes as the largest study to assess the reliability of the detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) through commercially available personal ECG devices, in which its KardiaMobile 6L device was found to...
Cardiomatics, the cloud AI tool that allows any trained medical staff to carry out electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis, has raised US$3.2 million in seed funding led by KAYA, the Central and Eastern European VC which has backed companies including Rohlik,...
Edoxaban is noninferior to warfarin and its analogues for adverse clinical events in patients with atrial fibrillation after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), new research has found. Findings of the ENVISAGE-TAVI AF study, which were published in the New England...
Medtronic has announced new data from the Micra Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) study, which showed the Micra transcatheter pacing system (TPS) was associated with a 38% reduction in reinterventions and a 31% reduction in chronic complications at two...
Biosense Webster, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has announced the presentation of data from the inspIRE clinical trial at the European Society of Cardiology’s 2021 congress (ESC 2021, 27–30 August, virtual). inspIRE is a prospective, multicentre,...
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on cardiac pacing and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) have been published online in European Heart Journal. The use of pacemakers continues to grow as populations worldwide are living longer. It is estimated that...
Abbott has announced late-breaking data from the Amulet LAA Occluder IDE trial, a multicentre, head-to-head study comparing the company's Amplatzer Amulet left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder with the Watchman (Boston Scientific) device to treat patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)...
Abbott has announced results of the landmark GUIDE-HF clinical trial, a 1,000 patient randomised study designed to assess the benefits of the CardioMEMS HF System in people living with NYHA Class II, III and IV heart failure. Data adjusted for...
The world’s first feasibility study has found that drones can be used to deliver defibrillators to people with suspected cardiac arrest in the community. The research is presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s 2021 congress (ESC 2021, 27–30...
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure are published online today in European Heart Journal. This was the first ESC Guideline to include patients as full members of...
A six-month exercise programme helps maintain normal heart rhythm and reduces the severity of symptoms in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to late-breaking research to presented this week at the European Society of Cardiology’s 2021 congress (ESC 2021,...
Ultromics, a developer of AI enabled cardiovascular imaging solutions, has announced that it has raised US$33 million in a Series B funding round. The round was led by the Blue Venture Fund with participation from Optum Ventures, GV, and...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough device designation to Abiomed’s Impella ECP expandable percutaneous heart pump. The designation means the FDA will prioritise Impella ECP’s regulatory review processes including design iterations, clinical study protocols and...
CardioNXT has received marketing clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the platform technology comprised of the iMap 3D Navigation & Mapping system, Activate software, Sensor Enabled Axis Patient Patches, and MultiLink sensor enabled catheter. The CardioNXT...
Biotronik has announced the results from a new study published in EP Europace this week confirming that heart failure (HF) decompensation can be predicted early when monitored using an algorithm that combines existing remote monitoring trends and baseline risk...
People who work night shifts are at increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research published in the European Heart Journal. The study is the first to investigate the links between night shift work and AF, and uses...
Abbott has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has approved the company's Amplatzer Amulet Left Atrial Appendage Occluder to treat people with atrial fibrillation (AF) who are at risk of ischaemic stroke. The device offers immediate...
Acutus Medical has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CE mark clearance for its suite of software upgrades known collectively as AcQMap 8. The upgrades introduce new mapping algorithms into Acutus’ foundational technology, the AcQMap 3D imaging...
Long-term continuous electrocardiogtraphy (LT-ECG), coupled with oversight by a physician, significantly outperforms algorithm-dependent mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) in the detection of significant arrhythmias according to the findings of a study presented during a late-breaking trial session at the 2021...
Caption Health has announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved new technology add-on payments (NTAP) for the Caption Guidance AI-based software platform for Medicare patients receiving in-patient care. Cases eligible for NTAP will have a...
Women remain underrepresented in cardiovascular clinical trials despite initiatives to ensure broader inclusivity. This is according to two reports, both published in the last week, suggesting that lack of representation may limit availability of treatment data for combating cardiovascular...
The challenge of rapid detection and diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been made even harder with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting disruption to appointments and restrictions of access to healthcare services. Against this backdrop,...
Economic analyses from the WRAP-IT study, sponsored by Medtronic, demonstrate the Tyrx cardiac absorbable antibacterial envelope’s (Tyrx Envelope) cost effectiveness in European markets for patients at increased risk of infections. This follows the publication of a study in Heart Rhythm...
Rhythm control therapy offers a clinical benefit when initiated within one year of a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with signs or symptoms of heart failure, a sub-analysis of the EAST–AFNET 4 trial has concluded. The findings were...
A new analysis of the CABANA (Catheter ablation versus antiarrhythmic drug therapy for atrial fibrillation) suggests that catheter ablation offers positive economic outcomes compared to drug therapy for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). This is according to the...
Results of the PAUSE-SCD trial show a significant reduction in risk of ventricular tachycardia (VT) recurrence, cardiovascular hospitalisation, and death when catheter ablation is used as an early first-line treatment for patients with structural heart disease. The PAUSE-SCD trial is...
Use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients undergoing ventricular tachycardia radio frequency ablation (RFA) is associated with a reduced risk of transient ischaemic attack or stroke, and asymptomatic, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detected cerebrovascular event. This is according to...
Abbott has announced the US launch of Jot Dx, the company’s latest insertable cardiac monitor (ICM). In a press release, Abbott said that the Jot Dx ICM gives clinicians and hospitals control of how they manage the flow of...
Medtronic has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for two AccuRhythm AI algorithms for use with the LINQ II insertable cardiac monitor (ICM). The algorithms address the two most common ICM false alerts—atrial fibrillation (AF) and asystole. AccuRhythm...
AliveCor and Acutus Medical will collaborate to assess the integration of data collection tools across the cardiology continuum of care, which the companies say may help guide decision making in the management of cardiac arrhythmia patients. The collaboration includes a...
Angel Medical Systems (AngelMed) has announced the first commercial implantation and US launch of its The Guardian device. The procedure marks the Guardian's first use following its recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Indicated for acute coronary...
Affera has announced the first-in-human use of its circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) pulsed field ablation (PFA) catheter, SpherePVI. The work was conducted as part of a multicentre first-in-human study designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the SpherePVI...
MicroPort Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) has entered into definitive agreements in connection with its Series C financing with total investment proceeds of US$150 million. Hillhouse Capital Group and MicroPort will co-lead the Series C investment and will invest US$20 million...
Medtronic has announced new data from the WRAP-IT study published in Heart Rhythm, which it said demonstrate a significantly lower infection risk for patients who develop haematomas after cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) when the Tyrx absorbable antibacterial envelope...
People who made even small increases in their daily physical activity levels after receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) experienced fewer incidences of hospitalisation and had a decreased risk of death, according to research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality...
There is no evidence that moderate coffee consumption can cause cardiac arrhythmia, according to the authors of a prospective, population-based community cohort study, findings of which were published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine. According to authors Eun-jeong Kim (University...
Two-year results from the PINNACLE FLX clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of the next-generation Watchman FLX (Boston Scientific) left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) have shown that patients implanted with...
Ancora Heart has closed US$80 million in equity financing, with the funds to be used to accelerate the CORCINCH-HF pivotal clinical study of the AccuCinch ventricular restoration system. The device is designed to treat patients who have symptomatic heart...
The authors of research published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology claim that their findings will help physicians to identify, treat and prevent atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The research, led by Christopher Kramer the chief of the...
atHeart Medical has announced the successful treatment of the first five patients in its ASCENT ASD US Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) pivotal trial. This study, the company's first in the USA, will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the...
AliveCor has today announced the receipt of 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for healthcare professionals to use the KardiaMobile 6L device to calculate patients' QTc interval. This FDA action follows the enforcement policy for...
East End Medical has announced it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the company's SafeCross transseptal radiofrequency (RF) puncture & steerable balloon introducer system. The three-in-one system, which includes a steerable introducer sheath with an...
Among racial or ethnic minority patients enrolled in the North American cohort of the CABANA (Catheter ablation versus antiarrhythmic drug therapy for atrial fibrillation) trial, catheter ablation significantly improved major clinical outcomes compared with drug therapy. This is according...
 Fred Kusumoto (Jacksonville, USA), current president of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), sits down with Cardiac Rhythm News to discuss the upcoming Heart Rhythm 2021 meeting which, for the first time, will be a hybrid event consisting of both...
Adagio Medical has announced successful first-in-human use of ultra-low temperature cryoablation (ULTC) for the treatment of monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT). The two-hour mapping and ablation procedure was performed by Tom De Potter, associate director, Cardiovascular Center Department of Cardiology, Electrophysiology...
Royal Philips has announced the first procedure using its real-time 3D intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter. The left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) procedure was carried out by Mohamad Adnan Alkhouli (Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA). Used with Philips Premium Cardiology Ultrasound...
The risk of heart damage from COVID-19 infection is far greater than that from receiving a dose of the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine, according to the authors of a retrospective case series published in JAMA Cardiology. Researchers from Mayo Clinic...
Boston Scientific has exercised its option to acquire the remaining shares of Farapulse. The acquisition will complement the existing Boston Scientific electrophysiology portfolio to include the Farapulse Pulsed Field Ablation (PFA) system—a non-thermal ablation system for the treatment of...
Medtronic has announced the initiation of DEFINE AFib, an app-based research study which aims to address unanswered questions around atrial fibrillation (AF) burden and its impact on patient outcomes, quality of life, and healthcare utilisation. The study will use...
Angel Medical Systems (AngelMed) has announced US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the second-generation AngelMed Guardian device. The AngelMed Guardian system is an implantable cardiac detection monitor and patient-warning system for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events, including...
The American Heart Association (AHA) has this week issued a scientific statement on the management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Published in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, the statement reviews available evidence...
CardioFocus has announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has approved the company's HeartLight X3 System for marketing in Japan. The HeartLight X3 System is CardioFocus' catheter ablation technology for controlled and consistent pulmonary vein...
Medtronic has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded approval for the Arctic Front family of cardiac cryoablation catheters for the treatment of recurrent symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) as an alternative to antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) therapy as...
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) has anno