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Posted by ma_ku on 2013-05-14 15:53. 0 comments. 502 reads
 
interesting read @ http://www.healio.com/cardiology/arrhythmia-disorders/news/online/%7B8E493D28-E94F-4FEC-AA00-CA09AF34E3BE%7D/Leadless-cardiac-pacemaker-safe-effective-in-first-in-man-study

Leadless and batteryless next I hope!

Posted by admin on 2013-04-17 21:05. 0 comments. 525 reads
 
Monmouth Junction, NJ. (April 15, 2013): TYRX, Inc., the leader in the commercialization of implantable medical devices intended to help reduce surgical site infections, announced today that the first implantation of its new AIGISRx R Fully Resorbable Antibacterial Envelope has taken place at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute in Quebec City, Canada by Dr. François Philippon. TYRX announced on January 31, 2013 that it had received a license from Health Canada to market its AIGISRx R Fully Resorbable technology.

The AIGISRx R Antibacterial Envelope is specifically designed to stabilize Electronic Implantable Devices (EIDs), such as pacemakers and defibrillators, while also releasing antimicrobial agents to help provide protect...


Posted by pabrown on 2013-03-23 11:54. 2 comments. 974 reads
 
Hello dear friends.
It's now gonna on 8 weeks since becoming 100% pacemaker dependent. I am still regaining my strength each day. I went back to my Dr for another check up and he said he would see me every 3 months. My pacemaker is one of the newest Boston's pm. advised me to continue to eat right and exercise and stay healthy. advised me to read this book Metabolic Cardiology written by Dr Stephen T Sinatra. well I have finished reading it and I was curious if any of you guys have tried or heard of any of the therapeutic intervention. Super nutrients coenzyme Q 10, L-carnitine and D-ribose. I realize that having this pacemaker,and the A V node ablation was the last resort but if there is any of you that have tried any of these su...


Posted by TraceyE on 2013-03-01 13:04. 6 comments. 1326 reads
 
from the Heart Rhythm Society
http://www.hrsonline.org/Practice-Guidance/Clinical-Guidelines-Documents/Featured-Guidelines-Folder/Appropriate-Use-Criteria-for-ICDs-and-CRT#axzz2MFWh7lXQ


Posted by Justinchu on 2013-02-25 01:33. 7 comments. 1116 reads
 
Hi everyone,

I just started to work with the company which made parts of elements in the pacemaker. And as I know there are some quiet famous companies like Guidant/ Medtronic/ St. Jude medical/ biotronik/ Sorin Group etc..
However, I wanna know if there are some famous pacemaker companies in France? I looked it up on the internet, but there seems no have much information about that.

Does anyone can kindly give me some answer? or how I should find the information?

I really appreciate that! Thank you all in advance!

Posted by agelbert on 2013-01-22 22:54. 0 comments. 477 reads
 
Surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center implanted the first brain pacemaker to treat Alzheimer’s last October, according to a university news release. Surgeons operated on Kathy Sanford, who became the first Alzheimer’s patient in the U.S. to have a pacemaker implanted in her brain.

Sanford is the first of as many as 10 patients who will be signed up for a study at Wexner Medical Center to decide if using a brain pacemaker can better cognitive and behavioral functioning in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers hope to determine whether deep brain stimulation (DBS), the same technology used to successfully help approximately 100,000 patients worldwide with movement disorders such as Parkin...


Posted by agelbert on 2013-01-17 23:24. 1 comments. 694 reads
 
St. Vincent Heartbeat: New Device Aims to Repair Damaged Hearts

Doctors are testing a new device that may help repair damaged hearts by stimulating the vagus nerve.

When Mike Herasimuk had a massive heart attack two years ago, life as he knew it was over. He couldn't work, and could barely get around. He has heart failure.

"My heart's in really bad shape, that's why they were thinking of doing a heart transplant also, but I'm not quite bad enough," he says.

He has a pacemaker defibrillator to keep his heart beating.

Last month, Metrohealth doctors implanted an experimental device into his chest that may not only keep his heart beating, but may also improve it.

"It prevents...


Posted by agelbert on 2013-01-17 13:41. 5 comments. 2098 reads
 
they are implanting the new leadless pacemakers now. It appears that they are catheter positioned so the time to implant is reduced, no surgery takes place so the infection risk is limited to the catheter equipment (it happens sometimes-unfortunately) and the price of getting one will drop so more people who need on can get one. GOOD!

Patients fitted with first wireless pacemakers

16 January 2013

Prague, Jan 15 (CTK) - Czech patients have been the first in the world to benefit from the new leadless type of artificial cardiac pacemaker, Petr Neuzil, leading cardiologist in Prague's Na Homolce hospital who accomplished the first surgeries, told journalists yesterday.

The new device, designed to s...


Posted by admin on 2012-12-24 09:25. 0 comments. 509 reads
 
Vanderbilt Study Shows Sharp Decline in Cardiac Device Infections with TYRX® AIGISRx® Antibacterial Envelope

Results Demonstrate 87% Reduction in Infection Rate

Monmouth Junction, NJ (December 18, 2012): Patients at high risk for surgical site infection following Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) implantation with TYRX, Inc.’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope experienced significantly reduced risk of device infection compared to patients implanted without AIGISRx. Results of a retrospective cohort study of CIED implantations, including pacemakers and implantable defibrillators, were published online in the journal of Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE).

Matthew J....


Posted by HeartOfBrick on 2012-11-05 12:07. 5 comments. 675 reads
 
Hi All,

I read this article and thought some would find it interesting:

New Device Could Allow Your Heartbeat to Power Pacemaker

ScienceDaily (Nov. 4, 2012) — An experimental device converted energy from a beating heart to provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker, in a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.

The findings suggest that patients could power their pacemakers -- eliminating the need for replacements when batteries are spent.

In a preliminary study, researchers tested an energy-harvesting device that uses piezoelectricity -- electrical charge generated from motion. The approach is a promising technological solution for pacemakers...


Posted by admin on 2012-10-11 21:27. 4 comments. 843 reads
 

Medicare Ruling Concerns Hospital CEOs, but Better Reporting, New Antibiotic Technology Can Lower Cardiac Device Infection Rates

Majority of CEOs Believe They Can Influence Hospital Practices to Reduce CIED Infections, Cost

Monmouth Junction, NJ (October 11, 2012): A new Medicare ruling that makes potentially avoidable surgical site infections (SSIs) following cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED)
procedures non-reimbursable could have significant financial and quality rating impacts for hospitals, according to a new survey of hospital chief executive officers (CEOs). At the same
time, a majority of the CEOs surveyed believed they could influence their electrophysiology/catheterization ...



Posted by admin on 2012-09-25 21:12. 3 comments. 951 reads
 
For many, biggest barrier to pacemakers is cost

* No devices approved by the FDA for reuse

* Two manufacturers oppose reuse or reprocessing

By Andrew M. Seaman
www.reuters.com

NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters Health) - Some pacemakers removed during hospital autopsies have enough battery life left in them to be reused in people with heart problems in developing countries, a new study says.

Researchers found that of 334 autopsies performed at the University of Pennsylvania between February 2009 and July 2011, 27 pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) were recovered.

Of those, eight devices had at least four years of battery life remaining.

"Th...


Posted by admin on 2012-09-16 21:58. 4 comments. 1089 reads
 
AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope for Pacemakers and Defibrillators Recognized by Frost & Sullivan

Monmouth Junction, NJ (September 14, 2012) – TYRX, Inc., the leader in the commercialization of implantable medical devices designed to help reduce surgical-site infections associated with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) including pacemakers and implantable defibrillators, announced today that Frost & Sullivan has named the AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope as the recipient of its prestigious New Product Innovation Award for 2012.

“To date TYRX’s AIGISRx is very unique in the fact that it is the first and only antibacterial product of its kind to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. ...


Posted by admin on 2012-08-21 21:56. 8 comments. 1083 reads
 
Over 50% of Hospital CFOs Plan to Adopt New Technology in Response to Medicare Cuts for Cardiac Device Infections

-- National Survey Shows that Cardiac Device Infections Will Have a Significant Financial Impact NowThat Medicare Will No Longer Reimburse --

Monmouth Junction, NJ (August 20, 2012): Medicare’s decision to stop reimbursing hospitals for the treatment of potentially avoidable surgical site infections following cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) procedures, including pacemaker and defibrillator implants, will significantly impact hospital practices according to a new national survey of hospital chief financial officers (CFOs).

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently...


Posted by admin on 2012-08-10 14:03. 4 comments. 1016 reads
 
TYRX Comments on Medicare Decision to Stop Paying for Infections Following Pacemaker or Defibrillator Implants

Monmouth Junction, NJ (August 2, 2012): In a bid to help control health care costs, on October 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will stop paying
hospitals for treating potentially avoidable surgical site infections following Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) procedures including pacemaker and defibrillator implants. CMS just released its Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule for Fiscal Year 2013 which adds Surgical Site Infection following CIED implantation as a condition subject to the Hospital Acquired Cndition payment provision. CMS considers thes...


Posted by ldebaugh on 2012-07-25 13:06. 1 comments. 721 reads
 
Here's an article about a new type of mapping and ablation of the heart that has better success than traditional mapping and ablation for reducing atrial fibrillation. This might improve things for a lot of us.

http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/HRS/26336

When new knowledge is found it always amazes me how this is still a new field of medicine and there's a lot we don't know yet. Our grandkids will look back on this time where we were the pioneers (or lab rats) for these new procedures.


Posted by admin on 2012-04-09 20:53. 5 comments. 846 reads
 
TYRX Announces Launch of New Patient Education Web Site
HeartDeviceInfection.com

Monmouth Junction, NJ (February 28, 2012) – TYRX , Inc., the leader in the commercialization of implantable medical devices designed to help reduce surgical-site infections, today announced the launch of its new patient education web site, HeartDeviceInfection.com.

HeartDeviceInfection.com, targeting patients and caregivers, has been created to raise awareness of surgical site infection associated with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) including pacemakers and implantable defibrillators, and to offer information and resources for reducing that risk.

“With CIED infections growing much faster than implantations,...


Posted by ROSCO on 2012-04-07 18:17. 0 comments. 592 reads
 
Very interesting article here about the Riata a St. Jude defib lead . http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/health/flaws-in-st-jude-heart-defibrillator-shake-the-industry.html

Posted by admin on 2012-04-01 20:50. 1 comments. 685 reads
 
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technologies, today announced that baseball legend and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda has been named BIOTRONIK’s new Brand Ambassador. Lasorda and BIOTRONIK will conduct educational outreach programs starting with a pilot program in Phoenix, Arizona on March 28th, 2012.

Read the article at http://www.financialpost.com/markets/news/
BIOTRONIK+NAMES+Baseball+Legend+Hall+Famer+Tommy+
LASORDA+BRAND/6364909/story.html

Posted by agelbert on 2012-04-01 19:21. 2 comments. 1199 reads
 
Hi everyone. I just got htis bit of info about clinical trials for a "new" device.
Here's a snippet from the article:
[In patients with heart failure, the nervous system is out of balance, and this imbalance increases workload on the heart. The CardioFit system is intended to restore this imbalance by stimulating the vagus nerve in the neck to treat a specific part of the nervous system that is not treatable with current medical therapies. The CardioFit system consists of a stimulator, a sensor lead and a stimulation lead, which are implanted under the skin of the chest. Once activated, the stimulator's electrical pulses are transferred via the stimulation lead to the vagus nerve in the neck. Like a pacemaker, the CardioFit Syst...




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