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Big data may help identify the molecular pathology of cardiometabolic disease

Analyses of big data may help identify the molecular pathology of cardiometabolic disease and improve the development of new medications, according to a blog post from Francis Collins, MD, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) director.

Defibrillator market to reach $14.21 billion by 2021

Technological advancements and an aging population will drive growth in the defibrilator market over the next five years. 

CPAP machines can’t prevent serious heart conditions, fatalities

Although CPAP machines are commonly used with those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea to help regulate breathing, new research shows that they might not be able to protect users from more serious heart conditions.

Remote monitoring may reduce hospitalizations costs in patients with cardiac implants

In May 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society released a consensus statement recommending that remote monitoring become the standard of care for patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices. The panel argued that remote monitoring helped check the devices’ electronic integrity and functionality and improved patient adherence.

Invitae updates genetic testing offerings for cardiology, neurology

Invitae Corporation announced that the genetics information company had incorporated new research and updated eight cardiology panels and 17 neurology panels.

FDA releases report for consumers on medical devices to treat obesity

More than 68 percent of U.S. adults are considered overweight, while nearly 36 percent of overweight people are considered obese. With that in mind, the FDA released a report for consumers on Aug. 16 on medical devices to treat obesity.

FDA grants 510(k) clearance to cardiac CT scanner

The FDA granted a 510(k) clearance on Aug. 10 to Arineta’s SpotLight CT scanner. Arineta, which is based in Israel, said in a news release that imaging experts and cardiologists designed the cardiovascular-dedicated SpotLight CT scanner.

Health policy statement from ACC, other cardiovascular societies encourages interoperability of health IT systems

Adopting standards from Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and collaborating among stakeholders could help the U.S. health information technology infrastructure and aid in developing a data interoperability framework, according to a health policy statement from leading cardiovascular medical societies.

AstraZeneca updates health program to include people with cardiovascular disease

Fit2Me, a free diet and lifestyle program from AstraZeneca, recently added resources for people who have or at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Researchers create Taser that tracks heart rate, rhythm to improve safety

Conducted electrical weapons (CEW), better known by the popular name brand Tasers, are most often used by police when trying to incapacitate criminals. The instruments might receive an upgrade that could save lives.