Category Archives: Cardiac surgery

Catheter approaches for mitral replacement

March 23, 2014- interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD With catheter based methods for replacing the aorta valve not being adopted as expected, the

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The subcutaneous ICD

The concept of applying high voltage to shock a heart out of

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The finances of TAVI: do prices have to come down?

November 8, 2013- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD William O’Neill, MD of Henry Ford discusses the finances of transapical aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and why the $30,000 pricetag for the devices should be closer to $5,000. He also discusses … Continue reading

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TAVI: Comparing CoreValve to Sapien

November 8, 2013- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD William O’Neill, MD of Henry Ford discusses the recent pivotal data for the Medtronic CoreValve device,

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The more we know, the more unnecessary President Bush’s stent seems

October 16, 2013 By Steven E. Greer, MD A recent short article in an obscure Washington, DC wonky journal triggered national media

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A Bridge Too Far: Patient classifications for LVAD reimbursement

September 16, 2013- By Ashish Shah, MD, Cardiac transplant surgeon, The Johns Hopkins Medical Center Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) arose from the ashes of the total artificial heart era.

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Little guy challenges Dr. Oz over copyright infringement and wins

September 12, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD Under certain circumstances, copyrighted text or video content can be used by others without

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Bioabsorbable stents

May 14, 2013- William O’Neill, MD of Henry Ford discusses bioabsorbable coronary stents, and the U.S. Abbott trials.

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TAVR Finances: William O’Neill, MD

Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD The clinical adoption of  Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) has been slower than

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Watchman shot dead

March 10, 2013 By Steven E. Greer, MD  The Healthcare Channel PREVAIL, the much anticipated second major trial of the Boston Scientific device called Watchman was a bust. The trial endpoints were changed in midstream of the trial, but it … Continue reading

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Second-gen Sapien TAVI valve does not reduce stroke problem

March 10, 2013 By Steven E. Greer, MD  The Healthcare Channel The main reason that Medicare has limited coverage for the Edwards Lifesciences (EW) Sapien percutaneous aortic valve is the high perioperative complication rate of ischemic strokes, in excess of … Continue reading

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The only 5-minutes of the Edwards Sapien AdCom you need to watch

Update: June 11, 2012 The FDA briefing documents for the June 13 advisory committee to review the PARTNER-

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Review of the CREST trial of carotid stenting

The CREST trial, published earlier this year, was the latest large-scale, randomized, controlled

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Managing stroke and bleeding with LVAD patients

August 2, 2010- Interviewed by Steven Greer, MD As continuous flow pump LVAD devices are being implanted for longer periods of time in destination

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The SYNTAX trial of stent v CABG

October 8, 2008- by Steven E. Greer, MD A trio of cardiac experts from Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles discusses the SYNTAX trial that

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The Medtronic CoreValve program

September 13, 2009- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD

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