Stryker recalled a number of resterilized AngioDynamics Soft Vu omni flush angiographic catheters following cases of tip separation. Affected products were limited to those manufactured between 2003 and 2008, and distributed between 2004 and 2008.
Adding the next-generation Penumbra 3D stent retriever to the Penumbra aspiration system yielded outcomes non-inferior to aspiration for revascularization efficacy and safety, a randomized study presented at the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS) conference found.
Can a longer drive to a neurointerventional-ready facility be better than heading to the closest hospital first? Stroke patients taken directly to an endovascular center got treatment an hour and a half earlier than those getting transferred from another institution, according to data presented at the same SNIS meeting.
Public reporting takes a hit: two studies suggested that New York — a state that used to report data on high-risk cases of acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock — still shows risk aversion among doctors treating these patients. Rates of intervention there lag behind other states that consistently did not release numbers to the public.
A biomarker for left ventricular remodeling? Investigators reported the link between galectin-3 levels and left ventricular remodeling after percutaneous coronary intervention in anterior ST-segment elevation MI patients.
A lower speed setting during rotational atherectomy of calcified coronary arteries was not linked to a greater restoration of flow, according to a randomized investigation. Flow grades aside, the odds of periprocedural MI were also split evenly between low-speed and high-speed atherectomy groups.
Canada approved the Sapien 3 transcatheter heart valve. The device got the regulatory greenlight in Europe and the U.S. in 2014 and 2015, respectively.