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In Global News: The Benefits of Exercise Before Surgery, Heart Valve Updates, and Studying Innovative HLHS Therapies

Friday, February 16, 2018

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Claire Vernon

Patient Care

A professional US football player who had a congenital coronary artery anomaly corrected as a teenager meets with kids currently undergoing treatment for congenital heart disease, seeking to provide them with hope and inspiration.


Drugs and Devices

The self-expanding CENTERA transcatheter aortic valve from Edwards Lifesciences has received the CE Mark.

The Lotus heart valve will not relaunch in the US or European markets until 2019, says Boston Scientific.

The US Food and Drug Administration expanded premarket approval for several Abiomed Impella heart pumps to include heart failure associated with cardiomyopathy leading to cardiogenic shock.


Research, Trials, and Funding

Researchers in Australia recently published a meta-analysis suggesting that regular exercise ahead of lung cancer surgery can reduce complication rates.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has joined the HLHS Consortium, a Phase I study of innovative therapies for hypoplastic left heart syndrome that was launched at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota during 2017.

Researchers in the UK published a retrospective analysis in the BMJ that questions whether older adults with both atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease should be given anticoagulation medication.

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