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French cardiac surgeons raised a red flag about the 12A/LX models of the Mitroflow valve, warning of a potential epidemic of structural valve deterioration and valve-related deaths in patients implanted with the devices.

 - gavel money

Dignity Health will pay $37 million to settle claims that 13 of its hospitals knowingly overcharged Medicare by performing elective cardiac procedures as inpatient rather than less costly outpatient services.

 - blood, clot, vein, platelet

An FDA advisory panel voted 9-1 in favor of approval of the anticoagulant edoxaban to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

 - deal

Abbott will buy two companies that develop electrophysiology products in a move designed to make Abbott a player in the catheter-based electrophysiology market. It also named a chief to lead the business.

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CT angiography ousted digital subtraction angiography as the most cost-effective modality for diagnosing certain bleeding strokes in an analysis that took into account the prowess of modern scanners.