transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics global survey

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iData Research transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics global survey results revealed dramatic differences between geographical regions in drug-coated balloon usage trends.

According to a recent transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics global survey conducted by iData Research (, the leading global authority in medical device market research, that the majority of interventional cardiologists see limited use of drug-coated balloons (DCBs) in conjunction with stenting. However, a significant proportion of respondents employ DCBs regularly, even though it may be reasoned that such usage patterns would differ based on reimbursement levels, survey results show how these patterns may not be the only restricting factor.

Results also suggest a diverse coronary drug-coated balloon usage behavior. In North America 15% of respondents reported the use of drug-coated balloons in overwhelming majority of stent placement procedures. Europe’s coronary DCBs usage rate however, was surveyed to be a lot less than the similar group in North America.

Price was the most significant consideration in product preference. The price of a DCB was considered to be one of the largest drawbacks to usage. And while this is a global trend, healthcare practitioners in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America showed the most resistance based on product pricing. Aside from price, brand preferences played a significant role in a choice-worthy DCB.

The IN.PACT™ Falcon was the globally preferred DCB. In Europe, where DCBs are available, SeQuent® Please was the leading product, and in the U.S., where the devices are awaiting FDA approval, Lutonix® was the leading device that would be used, be over a third of respondents.

Other key findings from the iData’s global transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics survey

  •  CoreValve® is the globally preferred device used to perform TAVI procedures, with the exception of North American respondents, where the majority favored SAPIEN.
  •  FFR guidewires make a difference. Respondents who used FFR guidewires used an average of 1.9 fewer stents per procedure and 25% fewer stents overall.
  •  DCBs availability is important. The majority of respondents stated that the availability of devices in their clinic or hospital was the major reason for choosing an FFR guidewire. This was followed by the price of the devices and the clinical outcomes.

For more information The report for global transcatheter cardiovascular therapeutics survey include end-user attitudes on drug-coated balloons (DCBs), transcatheter heart valve implantation (THVI) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) guidewires. Responses from interventional cardiologists from the United States and 30 other countries were gathered in person at the recent Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. Regions include South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America.