HK firm's new heart stent speeds up healing

A Hong Kong-based medical device manufacturer has developed a breakthrough stent for heart patients that speeds up healing and lowers the chance of a relapse.

Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

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New generation of stent for heart patients

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Pacemaker issue rears its ugly head

The most certain thing to come out of the 2012 Derby by the time the field reached the halfway mark was that the word pacemaker was going to get a decent workout in the aftermath.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

And the beat goes on

S.K. Jain, 59, could hardly walk up the stairs a year ago. His heart was in such a bad state that he felt nauseated and breathless all the time. A diagnosis in 1999 showed his heart's left ventricle was swollen, and he has undergone a number of treatments since, eventually leading to the installation of a pacemaker in Mumbai in 2003.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Julia Gillard

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Heart patients are given a lifeline

A new device that helps the heart pump blood is being implanted in patients while they wait for a heart transplant.

Since August last year, five patients with end-stage heart failure have had the ventricular assist devices implanted. All five have been able to resume daily activities.

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hospital trials dissolvable stents

A device to open up narrowed heart vessels that dissolves when it is no longer needed has been used in Hong Kong patients for the first time.

The Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) is implanted in the patient, finds it own way to the narrowed site and stays there for about two years releasing drugs, before dissolving and leaving the widened vessel to function on its own.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

It sure beats a dog's life, Oscar

Oscar the Labrador has a new lease of life after vets gave him a heart pacemaker in the first such operation in Hong Kong.

The six-year-old pet suffered from third-degree heart block, a serious condition that caused him to faint up to 10 times a day and could have killed him.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

New stent surgery can help to avoid leg amputations

A Chinese University professor yesterday called for greater public awareness of blood vessel blockages in the leg, saying a new type of surgery could save many patients from losing limbs.

More than 30 million people worldwide have blockages that could lead to amputation, but less than half know it.

10 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Surgery led to nerve damage, hearing told

A patient suffered nerve damage during teeth implant surgery that has impaired his sensitivity and affected his speech, a Dental Council disciplinary hearing was told yesterday.

Dr Anthony Tse Siu-kwong faces a professional misconduct charge - that he failed to properly assess the position and depth of the implant prior to the operation.

18 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Silicone breast implants recalled

The Department of Heath has issued an alert about a recall of silicone-filled breast implants ordered by a French regulatory authority. The affected models are IMGHC-TX, IMGHC-MX and IMGHC-LS, all manufactured by Poly Implant Prothese.

1 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Bone repairs made as smooth as silk

A Polytechnic University researcher has invented a degradable material using silkworm cocoons and natural plastic that could be used in bone repairs, the main benefit being that patients could forgo the second operation needed to take out the metal implants used by orthopaedists.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

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3 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Patients with pacemakers to be checked

Some 166 heart patients who were implanted with Medtronic Kappa and Sigma pacemakers in public hospitals would be called in for examination after the manufacturer reported that a possible fault in the devices could cause them to malfunction, the Hospital Authority said.

20 May 2009 - 12:00am

Keeping abreast of the issue

Hong Kong women love to follow a trend and breast implants are no exception. The rise in celebrity enhancements has meant an increasing number of local women are asking for breast implants, says plastic surgeon Mok Chun-on.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am