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iData Research, an international medical market research firm, conducted a survey at the recent Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting in San Francisco, California. From those surveyed regarding the use of fractional flow reserve (FFR) guidewires, the majority of respondents stated that the availability of devices influenced their decision to use their chosen FFR guidewire product. This was followed by other factors such as price, clinical outcomes and existing relationships among others.

On a global basis, price was the most widely stated reason for not using FFR guidewires. The availability of devices and the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT), computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were reported as competing reasons for not using FFR guidewires in Latin America and the United States.

This global survey captures end-user attitudes and perceptions towards, coronary drug-coated balloons, peripheral drug-coated balloons, transcatheter aortic valve implantation, fractional flow reserve guidewires, stent grafts and ventricular assist devices. Responses from hundreds of interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists and other related healthcare professionals from the United States and 49 other countries around the world were gathered in-person at the 2015 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference.

“The main goal of this iData Research survey is to fully reflect respondents’ views, beliefs and experiences and how these have influenced the associated global markets from FFR, OCT and CT devices,” explains Dr. Kamran Zamanian, CEO of iData. “Survey interviews with physicians at TCT represent the single most reliable way to obtain accurate, current data about market conditions, trends, threats and opportunities.”

The aggregated global responses show that the average respondent performed approximately 60 angiography procedures per month. On average, respondents from Asia performed the highest number of angiography procedures on a monthly basis.

St. Jude Medical’s PressureWire™ Certus™ Guidewire was reported as the most widely used FFR guidewire, with over 30% of respondents worldwide reporting that they use the device. Usage of the device varies across geographies. While the PressureWire™ Certus™ Guidewire is popular outside the United States, it ranks behind St. Jude Medical’s PressureWire™ Aeris™ Guidewire and Volcano’s FloWire® Doppler Guide Wire in the United States.

Other questions from the Global Survey on Interventional Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular and Cardiac Surgery include:

  • Which coronary/peripheral drug-coated balloon(s) do you/would you use and why?
  • How many Abdominal/ Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (AAA/TAA) stent graft procedures do you perform in an average month?
  • How many transcatheter aortic valve implantations (TAVI) do you currently perform annually?
  • Which company’s AAA/TAVI device(s) do you use and why?
  • How many Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) implantations do you perform annually?
  • Which company’s VAD(s) do you use and why?
  • And more.

Some of the findings from the Global Survey on Interventional Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular and Cardiac Surgery include:

  • Conclusive findings on the use and popularity of B. Braun’s SeQuent® Please coronary drug-coated balloon (DCB).
  • Insightful findings on Medtronic’s AAA stent grafts and its usage by surgeons worldwide, broken out by region.

This survey was conducted prior to Abbott’s April 2016 announcement of plans to acquire St. Jude Medical. Therefore, products such as the PressureWire™ Certus™ Guidewire and PressureWire™ Aeris™ Guidewire are attributed to St. Jude Medical in these results.

For Further Information
To learn more about physician preferences in the cardiology and endovascular markets, ask about the survey published by iData Research entitled the Global Survey on Interventional Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular and Cardiac Surgery. The survey covers user preferences on the following markets: Interventional Cardiology Devices, Peripheral Vascular Devices and Cardiac Surgery Devices.

iData reports and surveys provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment. To find out more about cardiology device preference survey data, register online or email us at [email protected] for a Global Survey on Interventional Cardiology, Peripheral Vascular and Cardiac Surgery brochure and synopsis.

About iData Research
iData Research ( is an international market research and consulting group focused on providing market intelligence for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. iData covers research in: Orthopedics, Orthopedic Trauma, Large & Small Joints, Orthopedic Soft Tissue Repair and Regeneration, Operating Room Equipment, Surgical Microscopes, Robotics and Surgical Navigation, Laparoscopy, Urology, Gynecology, Vascular Access, Endoscopy, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Electrophysiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray Imaging, Diagnostic Imaging, Oncology, Spinal Implants and VCF, Spinal MIS, Anesthesiology, Wound Management, , Ophthalmics, Dental Operatory Equipment and more.

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