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FDA Approves Medtronic's Resolute Onyx 2.0mm Stent: Smallest Diameter DES Available
The new stent is intended to help interventional cardiologists treat patients with CAD who have small vessels often untreatable with larger stent technologies during PCI. It is estimated that ~ 65% of smaller vessels (< 2.25 mm) are in critical locations of the heart, making them significant lesions to treat.
Osamu Iida, MD
3-Year Outcomes of Surgical vs. Endovascular Revascularization for Critical Limb Ischemia
Dr. Osama Iida discusses the SPINACH Study, recently published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions. This registry randomized 548 patients and, while showing no significant differences in the endpoint, the study did indicate that certain patient populations do better with one or the other of these revascularization strategies. (posted in collaboration with TCROSS NEWS)
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Study: Similar Outcomes for 6 vs. 12 Months of DAPT for STEMI Patients Treated with Resolute Integrity DES
One year is the recommended DAPT duration for STEMI patients after stenting. But this new study shows that 6 months may be adequate with certain devices: important data, especially for patient at high risk for bleeding.
Dr. Yusuke Yoshikawa
Utility of DAPT Score in Japanese Cohort
Dr. Yoshikawa discusses his study, just published in Circulation, titled "Validating Utility of DAPT Score in a Large Pooled Cohort from Three Japanese PCI Studies," and he comments on how the Japanese population differs from western patients in terms of bleeding and ischemic event rates. (posted in collaboration withTCROSS NEWS)
Intrepid transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)
Medtronic's Intrepid™ Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) System
The Intrepid TMVR system integrates self-expanding, dual-stent technology with a tissue valve to facilitate catheter-based implantation without the need for open-heart surgery. The Intrepid is compressed inside a hollow delivery catheter and is inserted between the ribs to enter the heart. The new replacement valve is expanded directly into the malfunctioning mitral valve.
Dr. Etsuo Tsuchikane
Complex CTO-PCI: The Japanese Approach
This 20 minute video shows a complex CTO case, in which an RCA obstruction, complicated by a sharp bend and tortuous anatomy, was revascularized using both the antegrade and retrograde approaches, facilitated by IVUS and biplane angiographic imaging. The operator is Dr. Etsuo Tsuchikane; the case was broadcast live during the Japanese CTO Club course in June 2017. (from TCROSS NEWS)
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Clinical Trial to Study If 3-Months of DAPT is Safe After XIENCE Stent
The study, called XIENCE Short DAPT, will evaluate if 3 months of DAPT is non-inferior to the current standard of 12 months after implantation with a XIENCE stent for patients who are at high risk of bleeding. The study will enroll approximately 2,000 patients at 100 sites in the U.S. and Asia.
3 generations of CoreValve
FDA OK to Medtronic's CoreValve for Patients at Intermediate Risk for Surgical Replacement
Based on results from the SURTAVI Trial, the FDA has approved the CoreValve TAVR self-expanding platform for use in patients with symptomatic and severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk for surgical valve replacement.
Medtronic Goes Radial
Medtronic's TRAcelet™ compression device
Medtronic is now offering a full portfolio of transradial tools: a line of catheters, a TRA access kit with introducer sheath, and its TRAcelet™ compression device for simplifying patent hemostasis post-procedure. Although the company previously has marketed a select number of items designed for the transradial approach (TRA), today's announcement marks the first full-transradial offering by a major stent manufacturer in the U.S.
NORSTENT: Drug-Eluting Stents – Doing What They’re Supposed To
HawkOne atherectomy device and IN.PACT drug-coated balloon
At this week’s annual European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome, an important randomized clinical trial on stents was presented by Professor Kaare H. Bønaa, MD, PhD. Called NORSTENT, short for the “Norwegian Coronary Stent Trial,” this was the largest stent trial ever conducted, with 9,013 patients followed for six years. That’s serious!
Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Sanjay Patel
"The Whole Story is About Increasing Patient Happiness."
Interview with Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij
In this two-part 20th anniversary interview, the "father of transradial intervention, " talks about the history and future of TRI.

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FDA Approves Medtronic's 2.0mm Resolute Onyx (Feb 26)
IN.PACT 2-Year Data Presented at LINC 2018 (Jan 30)
200 Patient Study: Abre Venous Self-Expanding Stent System in Patients with Deep Venous Disease (Jan 24)
Medtronic: ENCHANT Study to Assess ChEVAR Parallel Graft Technique with Endurant II/IIs (Jan 24)
3-year Outcomes of Surgical vs. Endovascular Revasculization for CLI Patients (Jan 10)
Outcomes after STEMI DES Same for 6 vs 12 Months of DAPT (Jan 8)
Dr. Yoshikawa discusses the DAPT Score in a Japanese Cohort (Nov 10)
6-Month Data for Evolut PRO TAVR Presented at TCT (Nov 2)
Is TMVR the New TAVR? Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (Nov 1)
VIDEO: Complex CTO-PCI: The Japanese Approach with Dr. Etsuo Tsuchikane (Oct 31)
Medtronic's Evolut PRO Now Available in Europe (Jul 31)
Abbott Study: Is 3 Months of DAPT After XIENCE OK? (Jul 25)
FDA OK to CoreValve TAVR for Intermediate Risk Patients (Jul 10)
Dr. Shun Kohsaka: half the STEMI cases in Japan have a DTB time of > 90 min. (Jun 30)
Dr. Osamu Iida discusses the PRIORITY registry and if there is benefit for revascularization in poor-risk CLI patients (Jun 19)
FDA Approves Medtronic's Resolute Onyx DES (May 1)
History, Gruentzig, and Abbott’s Absorb “Dissolving Stent” (Apr 6)
UPDATED: Abbott's Absorb BVS in Europe Will Only Be Available to Approved Registry Sites (Apr 6)
FDA OK to Medtronic's Next-Gen CoreValve TAVR (Mar 22)
First U.S. Case Done with Tryton's Side Branch Stent (Mar 21)
Interventional Cardiology Late-Breakers at ACC.17 (Mar 16)
Micra Leadless Pacemaker Gets OK for U.S. Reimbursement (Mar 10)
IN.PACT DCB Below-The-Knee Study Launched in Europe (Mar 9)
New Analysis of REVERSE Trial Shows Benefits of Medtronic CRT Devices (Feb 27)
Dr. Yutaka Tanaka discusses the transradial approach to complex CTO lesions (Feb 21)
Medtronic Goes Radial (Feb 13)
IN.PACT Japan Study: DCB Increases Patency 86% Over PTA (Feb 9)
Medtronic CardioInsight Mapping Solution Cleared by FDA (Feb 1)
6F HawkOne Gets CE Mark (Jan 24)
Medtronic's 34mm CoreValve Evolut R Gets CE Mark (Jan 17)
Abbott's Acquisition of St. Jude to Close This Week (Jan 2)
Dr. Masanori Yamamoto Discusses Approval of CoreValve Evolut R and TAVR landscape in Japan (Dec 8)
Medtronic's Endurant™ II/IIs Receives CE Mark for Use with ChEVAR Parallel Graft Technique (Dec 6)
Japan Announces Regulatory Process & Post Marketing Surveillance for Abbott BVS (Dec 5)
CoreValve Gets Reimbursement OK in Japan (Dec 1)
Medtronic's Endurant™ II/IIs Delivers Positive Outcomes in Patients with Challenging AAA (Nov 15)
Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold Gets OK in Japan (Nov 7)
Interview with Dr. Hiroki Shiomi About the ReACT Study (Nov 4)
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