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Posted by agelbert on 2013-01-17 13:41. 5 comments. 1757 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. 430 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. 598 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. 717 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. 788 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. 880 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. 924 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. 847 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. 606 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. 769 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. 535 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. 599 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. 983 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...


Posted by ReneeV2.0 on 2012-03-30 22:41. 7 comments. 1379 reads
 
Just found this article and I thought I would share :)

"An initial study of the iPhone ECG – which we’ve covered since its popular YouTube video was released last year – was presented at this past week’s American College of Cardiology 61st Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago. The highly anticipated device is pending FDA approval, though questions have abounded about how exactly it will be applied. For example, will it predominantly be used by patients, emergency responders, and/or clinicians, and what diagnostically useful information can be obtained from it?

Entitled “iPhone Rhythm Strip: Clinical Implications of Wireless and Ubiquitous Heart Rate Monitoring,” the new 8-week study enrolled 54 participants and has b...


Posted by admin on 2012-03-14 21:46. 5 comments. 874 reads
 
The mini gadget is made by global health care firm Medtronic, which has a base in Watford, Herts.

The company’s Dr Stephen Oesterle said: “It can be implanted via a catheter in a five to 10 minute procedure. It is quicker, easier, less invasive and cheaper and will be trialed later this year.

Read the article at
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/
science/heart-pacemaker-the-size-of-a-tic-tac-758476

Posted by admin on 2012-03-13 21:17. 8 comments. 646 reads
 
A heart device might save your life but leave you miserable. That awful possibility is the reason for new advice urging doctors to talk more honestly with people who have very weak hearts and are considering pumps, pacemakers, new valves or procedures to open clogged arteries.

Too often, patients with advanced heart failure don't realize what they are getting into when they agree to a treatment, and doctors assume they want everything possible done to keep them alive, says the new advice, published Monday by the American Heart Association and endorsed by other medical groups.

It calls for shared decision making when patients face a chronic condition that often proves fatal and they need to figure out what they really ...


Posted by bredren on 2012-03-06 18:08. 4 comments. 814 reads
 
Some good news for anyone thinking of buying a body fat scale. As some of you might know, they send an electrical signal through your body to determine your body fat. Because of this, many manufacturers strongly suggest people with pacemakers or ICDs should not use their product.

I bought a Withing body fat scale and tested it with a technician at my ICD clinic. Worked like a charm. No inappropriate shock or even a surge of electrical charge (it must be very small).

Withing makes a really advance, internet-enabled scale. While it may not be for everyone, I love it.

FYI I have a St Jude Medical ICD implanted. Can't speak for other devices.

Posted by bon on 2012-03-02 23:05. 9 comments. 896 reads
 
Does anyone have experience with the PM that you can still have an MRI with? I have a brain issue that is monitored with periodic MRI. I thought MRI would not be possible after I get a pacemaker, but the MRI tech told me during my MRI today that they make a PM that you can still have an MRI with. probably will get my PM in the next few weeks and would like to explore options.

Posted by admin on 2012-02-08 21:46. 1 comments. 671 reads
 
Women who have defibrillators implanted for heart problems are more likely to develop complications than men, a Canadian study suggests.

Men and women were equally likely to have cardioverter-defibrillators or ICDs implanted. But women were nearly twice as likely to have major complications within a year of getting the devices, according to the study in Monday's issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The defibrillators are implanted in people who are at risk of sudden cardiac death because of heart rhythm disorders. The devices work by recognizing serious heart rhythm problems and treating them automatically such as by giving an electrical shock.

Women were a third less likely to receive an appropriate s...


Posted by admin on 2012-02-08 21:38. 4 comments. 826 reads
 
Though pacemakers require only small amounts of energy (about 1 millionth of a Watt), their batteries have to be replaced periodically, which means multiple surgeries for patients. Researchers have searched for ways to prolong battery life – trying to generate energy to power a pacemaker using blood sugar, or the motion of the hands and legs – but these methods either interfere with metabolism or require a more drastic surgery, such as passing a wire from the limbs to the chest area. Aerospace engineers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have developed a prototype device that could power a pacemaker using a source that is surprisingly close to the heart of the matter: vibrations in the chest cavity that are due mainly to heartbea...




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