Court dismisses complaint against Medtronic over Fidelis leads

A US District Court has dismissed a case against Medtronic over the Fidelis lead failures. The decision follows the significant precedent-setting Supreme Court decision last year in Riegel v Medtronic. You can read the Wall Street Journal story or the Medtronic press release by clicking below….

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Has COURAGE been vindicated?

The ACC, the AHA, and a whole alphabet soup worth of other cardiovascular organizations (SCAI, STS, AATS, ASNC, ASE, HFSA SCCT) have published (or in some cases just endorsed) a report, called the ACCF/SCAI/STS/AATS/AHA/ASNC 2009 Appropriateness Criteria for Coronary Revascularization. The report  will probably provide comfort to those who were big supporters of COURAGE. I’m guessing…

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NPY gene linked to early CV disease

Duke researchers have linked variations in the neuropeptide Y (NPY) gene to early cardiovascular disease. The article appears in the Public Library of Science Genetics.  You can read a news story at Science Daily.  …

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Stent pioneer digs a tunnel

A feature story in the Wall Street Journal details the saga of stent pioneer Julio Palmaz and his wife in building a 100,000 square foot underground tunnel for their vineyard in Napa Valley. Palmaz told Journal reporter  Christina Duff that he and his wife had visited Napa Valley while he was a resident at UC-Davis  and…

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