A U.S. FDA advisory committee voted 14 nays to three ayes that the benefits of the Lutonix 014 drug-coated balloon (DCB) do not outweigh the risks in a panel proceeding peppered by problems with missing data and a lack of operator blinding. The panel widely saw the use of paclitaxel-eluting technologies in other areas of the vasculature as a reassurance that this device might perform as promised, but the outcome nonetheless leaves the sponsor with a new round of negotiations with the FDA as to how to move forward.
HONG KONG – Rsip Vision Ltd. have developed a new coronary artery segmentation tool based on deep learning technology that should allow for faster 3D models of coronary artery anatomy and facilitate precise measurements of artery length and diameter.
Cardiacsense Ltd.’s medical watch received CE mark for the detection of atrial fibrillation and heart rate variability monitoring. The watch provides continuous, long-term monitoring of heart arrhythmias without cumbersome external devices or invasive implants. The European clearance does not require a prescription for use and will enable the Caesarea, Israel-based company to begin distribution under a number of agreements the company signed in 2020.
TORONTO – Soundbite Medical Solutions Inc. has received Health Canada approval for a shock wave device that jackhammers its way through calcified, chronic total occlusions (CTO) in life-threatening critical limb ischemia (CLI), a severe form of peripheral artery disease. This comes after the Active Wire 0.014” was used for the first time in late January to successfully treat five patients.
Shockwave Medical Inc. said Tuesday that its intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) therapy has won U.S. FDA approval for the treatment of severe coronary artery disease (CAD). The technology, which was granted breakthrough device designation in 2019, is a novel application of lithotripsy, which has long been used to safely shatter kidney stones.
An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm developed by Geisinger researchers that uses echocardiogram videos predicted all-cause mortality at one year more accurately than three out of four expert cardiologists and other predictors commonly used in clinical practice, a study in Nature Biomedical Engineering demonstrated.
The U.S. FDA has granted breakthrough device designation to Cerus Endovascular Ltd. for its Contour neurovascular system for the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. The company is targeting the second or third quarter of this year for the start of its IDE clinical trial.
Keeping you up to date on recent developments in cardiology, including: Radial access shows well in analysis of PCI data; ACC, SVS combine registries; VAD-associated ED visits down, but room for improvement.
PARIS – Four years after being set up in Marseilles, France, Volta Medical SAS reported raising $28 million in a series A round for the VX1 software mapping system, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that is compatible with most readily available multipolar catheters and technology used in operating rooms and cath labs to treat cardiac arrhythmia.
Novasignal Corp. has a launched a cloud-based app to provide alerts to clinicians directly from its cerebral ultrasound device. The new app allows physicians to get instant notifications from the company’s Novaguide device, a transcranial doppler ultrasound technology that allows for real-time assessment of blood flow in the brain by combining robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).