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In Global News: Remote PCI, Virtual Reality CME, and a TAVR Valve Made in India
Patient Care and General Interest
Truly remote percutaneous coronary intervention was performed in five human patients at Apex Heart Institute in Ahmedabad, India.
Virtual reality comes to continuing medical education, as gastrointestinal surgeries performed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, are turned into virtual reality courses.
Drugs and Devices
Meril Life Sciences has launched the MyVal, a transcatheter aortic valve designed and manufactured in India.
Research, Trials, and Funding
Researchers from Boston, Massachusetts, analyzed the alignment of hospital rankings and outcomes in cardiology and cardiac surgery, and their findings question how well readmission rates reflect quality of care.
The first patient has been treated in the Terminate AF study. The study, supported by Medtronic, aims to evaluate the simultaneous use of heat and cold for ablation to treat atrial fibrillation in surgical patients.