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 - No radiation

Wearing a bleeper device during catheterizations helped lower radiation exposure to operators by about one third in the RadiCure Study. Results from the late-breaking randomized controlled clinical trial were presented May 30 at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) scientific session in Las Vegas.

 - Diamondback handle

Significant per-patient savings and better outcomes may be possible with an atherectomy device presented as a late-breaking clinical trial May 30 at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) scientific session in Las Vegas. Compared with Medicare patients, ORBIT II patients saw a cost reduction of over $2,500 per patient and a shorter hospital stay by up to three days.

 - electrical shock, ICD shock

ACE inhibitors and ARBs have a protective effect on patients with cardiomyopathy who receive implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), according to an analysis presented May 8 at the Heart Rhythm Society scientific session in San Francisco.

 - ecg, heart, electrophysiology

The longevity of some implantable cardiac devices can vary greatly by manufacturer, according to a Danish study presented May 8 at the Heart Rhythm Society scientific session in San Francisco. The study showed Medtronic with the highest rate of battery depletion or device failure.

 - San Francisco

Preregistration attendance for Heart Rhythm Society 2014 has increased significantly compared with last year in all demographic categories, said John D. Day, MD, chair of the scientific session program committee, with notable bumps in international physicians and allied professionals.