Device shows promise in preventing strokes
Women’s hair clips. Barrettes.
Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove pauses for effect as he describes his inspiration for the AtriClip, a new medical device designed to eliminate the source of many strokes in patients with heart rhythm problems.
“One-third of the strokes in this country are caused by these clots,” Cosgrove said on a recent visit to Florida.
When healthy, the heart’s four chambers contract and relax in perfect, coordinated rhythm, and blood flows smoothly. But for about 3 million people in the United States — most of them elderly — the upper chambers quiver in a disorganized way. The condition is called atrial fibrillation.
- Senators Hear How Two-Midnight Rule Harms Patients, Hospitals
- 3 Management Lessons from a Supermarket Debacle
- Handshaking Spreads Germs. Get Over It.
- Healthcare Costs Start With What We Eat
- Hospitals Likely to Outsource ICD-10 at Launch
- IOM Identifies GME Problems, Calls for Finance Changes
- CMS Confirms ICD-10 Deadline
- Anatomy of 3 Health System Rebranding Efforts
- Premium Subsidy Fight Creating Uncertainty for Hospitals, Health Plans
- Medicare Advantage Carriers See 'No Choice' But to Accept Cuts