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Cara Livernois
News Writer
As a News Writer at TriMed Media Group, Cara covers breaking news across several facets of the healthcare industry for all of TriMed's brands.

Xeltis, producers of clinical-stage medical devices, has successfully completed three implants of the first heart valve that supports cardiovascular restoration in three pediatric patients.

Affecting over 11 million people, non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) has become the more common form of cardiac arrhythmia. As a way to prevent and improve the care of this disease the World Heart Federation (WHF) has launched an international Roadmap to combat AF.

With aortic stenosis affecting 23 percent of people, physicians are always finding new ways to treat this disease with more innovative measures. PinnacleHealth has become the first hospital system to implant the EDWARDS INTUITY Elite valve after is approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have developed a device that has a 100 percent success rate in repairing the mitral heart valve in its first human clinical study, with results published in the journal Circulation.

A study on the trends and prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in Americans 40 years and older has found that rates of CHD have decreased from 10.3 percent in 2001-2002 to 8 percent in 2011-2012. 

A study by a Yale researcher has found that the use of The Watchman, a catheter-delivered device, used for patients suffering from irregular heart rhythms is more cost effective that medication.

A study published by Heart found that loneliness and social isolation are linked to a 30 percent increased risk of having a stroke or developing coronary artery disease, the two leading causes of death for men and women.

American College of Cardiology president, Kim Williams Sr., MD, called for the cardiology community to refocus efforts on heart disease prevention, rather than treatment alone, in his opening statements at the 65th Annual Scientific Session & Expo of the ACC in Chicago.