Elizabeth Tiernan and Boer Deng
The rising prevalence of atrial fibrillation in the U.S. has spurred much research around this chronic arrhythmia and its associated risks. Stroke is one of the most challenging events that can occur in relation to AF, and the most commonly used procedures for prevention are pharmacological anticoagulation therapies.
However, of the AF patients at risk for stroke, 14-44% are ineligible for anticoagulation therapy due to contraindications, or would benefit from having their pharmaceutical regime supplemented by other treatments.
For these patients, occlusion, exclusion, or removal of the left atrial appendage (LAA) has been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of stroke. Over the past few years, LAA closure has become a more efficient and effective procedure, due to industry shifts from surgical to percutaneous approaches.
Technologies to watch: Two devices go head-to-head in stroke prevention efforts
Now that we are nearly a month into 2013, it’s time to reset our horizon scanning efforts and prepare ourselves for the year ahead. Last year was exciting for the neurosciences community. Several artificial discs and stroke devices were approved by the FDA, the debate about the efficacy of spine surgery continued, and new criteria for comprehensive stroke center certification was released.
It’s easy to imagine that 2013 will come with a host of new technological and programmatic developments across the year. To help understand the evolving product pipeline in neurosciences and spine, I've outlined what we believe are the top six technological trends to watch for across 2013.
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What to watch for in neurosciences in 2013: New devices target specialized conditions
Earlier this month, the Joint Commission—in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association—announced its new advanced certification for comprehensive stroke centers (CSCs). The announcement came nearly a year after the organization released its proposed guidelines for CSC certification.
Joint Commission announces new certification for comprehensive stroke centers