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FDA provides update on SynCardia Systems cardiac devices

The FDA sent a letter to transplant surgeons and cardiologists on Oct. 26 with additional results regarding issues with SynCardia Systems, Inc.’s temporary total artificial heart companion 2 driver system (TAH-t C2 Driver System). The system serves as a bridge to a heart transplant for some heart failure patients.

Cardiogram raises $2 million for app that could detect atrial fibrillation, diabetes

Cardiogram, a health tech startup in San Francisco, has raised $2 million to develop an app that shows a user’s cardio health while providing tips on how to improve and maintain a healthy heart.

FDA approves clinical trial for eCoin hypertension treatment

A new study to examine the efficacy of an implantable hypertension treatment has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FDA investigates artificial heart compressor failure that may have led to man’s death

Officials at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said they believe a 57-year old man who had an artificial heart implanted at their hospital may have died due to failure of a portable compressor, Kaiser Health News reports.

Mount Sinai to utilize AI for cardiovascular care

To better use technology to treat congestive heart failure, New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital has plans to use CloudMedx Clinical AI Platform, an artificial intelligence services software, reports Fortune.

Hackers, Implantable Devices & Threats to Health Systems

Are implantable cardiac devices at risk for hacking, or is the greater cybersecurity danger their connection to larger networks of health data?

Twitter alerts cardiologist on public heart health data

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found Twitter to be a useful tool to monitor public engagement with cardiovascular disease. 

AHA creates tech center, encourages engagement from industry players

In an effort to find solutions to problems in healthcare using tech, the American Heart Association (AHA) has launched the Center for Health Technology & Innovation.

New iPhone 7 app helps save lives

The new iPhone 7 allows users to register as organ donors on its built-in health app. 

NHLBI awards $8 million grant for study to create a bioengineered, human heart tissue patch

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Wisconsin and Duke University received an $8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to create a bioengineered, human heart tissue patch to prevent heart failure and restore heart function.