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Reevaluating post-stroke care

Members of an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines committee argue that treating patients who suffer strokes at rehabilitation facilities is imperative to keeping them healthy in the long-term.

Updated guidelines recommend team approach and rehab programs following strokes

The guidelines were published in Stroke on May 4.

Cardinal Health agrees to distribution agreement with Biosensors to sell coronary stents

Cardinal Health announced on May 12 that it had reached a distribution agreement to sell Biosensors’ coronary stents in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Cordis, Cardinal Health’s interventional vascular business, will sell drug-eluting stents to treat patients undergoing PCIs.

Cook Medical voluntarily recalls catheters

Cook Medical voluntarily recalled all lots of catheters with its Beacon Tip technology. The recall includes 4,146,309 catheters that are used in angiographic, diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Real-world study shows Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor detects atrial fibrillation at high rate

A real-world study found that the Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor had an atrial fibrillation detection rate of 16.3 percent, which was a 32 percent relative increase compared with the rate found in a previous randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Auris Surgical Robotics agrees to acquire Hansen Medical for $80 million

Auris Surgical Robotics agreed on April 20 to acquire Hansen Medical for approximately $80 million.

Real-world analysis shows Xarelto reduces ischemic stroke and intracranial hemorrhage versus warfarin

A retrospective database claims analysis found that adults with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation who received rivaroxaban (Xarelto) had a statistically significant 47 percent reduction in intracranial hemorrhage and non-statistically significant 29 percent reduction in ischemic stroke compared with adults who received warfarin.

Stroke mortality and readmissions depend on various factors

Findings suggest hospitals that receive more transfers may have poorer outcomes simply based on their patient population.

Patients transferred for acute stroke care are younger and have higher stroke severity

Patients with acute stroke who were transferred to a hospital participating in a stroke registry in Michigan had significantly higher rates of in-hospital mortality and in-hospital complications compared with those who were not transferred.

Vascular Solutions recalls Guardian II hemostasis valves

Vascular Solutions voluntarily recalled specific lots of its Guardian II hemostasis valves, which are used in catheterization procedures.

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