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Medical Device Breakthrough: UV- light enabled catheter fixes holes in the heart without invasive surgery

Catheter represents a major shift in how cardiac defects are repaired BWH News

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Beacon Tip Angiographic Catheters by Cook Medical: Class 1 Recall – Catheter Tip May Slip or Separate

UPDATED 10/13/2015. Expansion of the voluntary lot-specific recall. If this occurs, the tip could enter the patient’s bloodstream. This could cause serious injury to the patient and require additional medical intervention to retrieve the tip, or cause death. MedWatch Safety Alert RSS Feed

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Dialysis: Efficacy of catheter lock solutions

Nature Reviews Nephrology 10, 3 (2014). doi:10.1038/nrneph.2013.242

Author: Ellen F. Carney

Antimicrobial-containing citrate lock solutions are more effective than heparin lock solutions for the prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), say researchers. In their meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials, Fu Ping and colleagues found that use of citrate lock solutions containing antimicrobials—but not […]

Atrial fibrillation: Catheter ablation is better than drugs to treat persistent AF

Nature Reviews Cardiology 10, 680 (2013). doi:10.1038/nrcardio.2013.170

Author: Megan Cully

Ablation therapy could be an effective treatment for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). In a randomized, controlled trial comparing catheter ablation with antiarrhythmic drug therapy, patients who underwent catheter ablation had fewer episodes of AF or atrial flutter lasting >24 h than patients […]

Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

Description: Catheter ablation at Barnes-Jewish can cure a patient’s atrial fibrillation through a minimally invasive procedure.

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Caution over use of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation

More than 10 years after its introduction radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation has become a common procedure in both Europe and the United States. In the United Kingdom around 6500…

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Medtronic SynchroMed Implantable Infusion System Devices: Class 1 Recalls – Feed Through Failure, Failure of Priming Bolus, and Catheter Occlusion

Medtronic SynchroMed II and SynchroMed EL Implantable Drug Infusion Pumps and Sutureless Connector Intrathecal Catheter Products Recalled. MedWatch Safety Alert RSS Feed

Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, and Catheter Ablation Are We There Yet? ⁎ ⁎

Contemporary cardiological practice places great emphasis on the availability of an evidence base to justify and refine indications for treatment. This is particularly apposite to the field of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), where almost 2 decades of research at an increasingly frenetic pace has delivered us a potentially curative treatment in carefully selected […]

A Randomized Trial to Assess Catheter Ablation Versus Rate Control in the Management of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation in Heart Failure


This study sought to compare catheter ablation with rate control for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) in heart failure (HF). Background

The optimal therapy for AF in HF is unclear. Drug-based rhythm control has not proved clinically beneficial. Catheter ablation improves cardiac function in patients with HF, but impact on physiological performance has not […]

Atrial fibrillation: Proportion of asymptomatic AF increases after catheter ablation

Nature Reviews Cardiology 10, 119 (2013). doi:10.1038/nrcardio.2013.2

Author: Megan Cully

Atrial fibrillation (AF) can be treated with catheter ablation. However, a report from the DISCERN AF study shows that, despite a reduction in the total number of AF events, the proportion of episodes that were asymptomatic increased after the procedure.Data from implantable cardiac monitors […]