The funds will go toward advancing innovation in minimally invasive therapies to "open challenging blocked coronary arteries previously thought untreatable," according to a press release.
"Restoring blood flow to a totally occluded vessel may provide symptom relief and improve quality of life, ventricular function and survival," Boston Scientific executive vice president & global chief medical officer Keith Dawkins said in prepared remarks. "Boston Scientific is committed to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions and is pleased to support Saint Luke’s work on this important study which will provide physicians with a greater understanding of the benefits of treating chronic total occlusions."
Researchers are examining so-called "hybrid" therapies, integrating different techniques and non-traditional routes to treat chronic total occlusions and open arteries. Hybrid procedures rely heavily on physician experience and more medical testing is needed to fill gaps in clinical knowledge, according to the hospital.
DePuy metal hip lawsuits keep piling up
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics (now DePuy Synthes) has already been targeted by thousands of patient injury lawsuits, but a recent $2.5 billion settlement is hardly the last word, with more lawsuits filed regularly.
Prostate cancer more common than breast cancer, doctors say
The American Cancer Society reported this month that prostate cancer remains the leading cancer diagnosed in men, and that there are more cases of prostate cancer diagnosed per year than breast cancer. Death rates, however, have declined in the past 20 years.
Report: Spinal trauma on the rise in the U.S.
Johns Hopkins researchers reported that serious traumatic spinal cord injuries are on the rise in the U.S., but that they are now more often associated with falls than with motor vehicle crashes.
Are stethoscopes obsolete?
Point-of-care ultrasound devices are becoming increasingly accurate and available, perhaps marking the "final days of the stethoscope," according to an editorial published in the magazine of the World Heart Federation.