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> Edwards ($EW) announced at TCT that 12 out of the 13 the patients that tried its Forma transcatheter tricuspid repair system on a compassionate use basis had successful implantations. "We are encouraged by our early experience with the FORMA system in which a valuable finding was that patients had positive changes in their symptoms and quality of life. We look forward to further study to learn if an isolated tricuspid transcatheter treatment can improve the prognosis for patients with severe TR." More

> Registry data presented at TCT found that left atrial appendage occlusion lowers the risk of stroke in patients with previous brain hemorrhages and atrial fibrillation. More

> A study presented at TCT was supportive of "virtual" fractional flow reserve, saying noninvasive means of conducting the cardiology measurements is a less costly means of assessment and improves patient outcomes. Virtual FFR involves use of CT scanning rather than an interventional catheter. More

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