TCTMD’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories for June 2017
FDA clearance of a TAVR cerebral protection device, the CANTOS trial, new BRS, off-label catheter use, and top TVT news made this month’s list.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s decision to clear the first TAVR cerebral protection device was the most popular news story on TCTMD this month, followed by top-line results from the CANTOS trial of canakinumab and a feature story on next-generation bioresorbable scaffolds. Rounding out the list are an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) recall, top news from TVT 2017, an investigation into off-label use of guide catheters in acute stroke interventions, plus some takeaways from EuroPCR 2017.
The filter device became the first of its kind cleared for use in the United States during transcatheter aortic valve procedures.
Top-line trial results, to be presented in full this summer, represent the first hard proof of the inflammation hypothesis of atherosclerosis.
A special EuroPCR session showcased up-and-coming devices, but experts gathered there urged caution, saying the field may need to take a step back.
No apple carts were overturned at this year’s congress, but amid the politesse of Paris, little letdowns and upsets carry no small amount of satisfaction.
The action, termed a “field correction” since affected units will be repaired on-site, follows at least one patient death.
TCTMD asked course director Martin Leon for his thoughts on the hot button topics in transcatheter valves leading up to the meeting.
It is possible certain patients could benefit from the strategy, but one expert says that has to be proven in future trials.
The FDA sent a reminder to doctors clarifying that not all catheters are cleared for aspiration. But experts say comfort and safety should be considered.
Should the ACC/AHA adopt “rapid recommendations” to keep up with the accumulating evidence? One expert says it’s worth considering.
On the whole, experts believe REPRISE III carves out a role for the repositionable Lotus valve, even if few wanted to publicly pick a favorite.