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The US FDA has announced a high-risk class I recall on two makes of coronary dilation catheters made by Abbott Vascular because a manufacturing issue could lead to difficulties deflating the balloon. The catheters have been linked to 13 complaints and one death.
Interventional cardiologists can expect important updates on transcatheter valves and drug-eluting stents during this year's late-breaking trials presented at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics meeting next week. They include updates from Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Abbott.
Abbott's defunct Absorb BVS stent's efficacy is noninferior to that of the Xience metallic everolimus-eluting stent, new data presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in San Diego show. But the risk of thrombotic events was still higher with Absorb. This prompted a discussion among panelists whether bioresorbable stents should still be investigated, given the availability of newer-generation drug-eluting stents, which have shown to be safer.
Data presented at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference Sept. 23 in San Diego will support expanding the label of Abbott's MitraClip mitral valve repair device to include secondary, or functional, mitral regurgitation, a company executive tells Medtech Insight. In the COAPT trial, MitraClip reduced the two-year rate of heart-failure hospitalization and all-cause mortality in patients with heart failure and moderate-to-severe or severe secondary mitral regurgitation.
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