Technologies In Battle
Heart disease can strike when least expected. Almost everyone knows someone who has suffered from a heart attack or a stroke. At present, heart disease is still the number one killer in the world. But new technologies hold promise and are likely to revolutionize healthcare.
Mobile health technology is being seen as an affordable way to address risks associated with heart disease such as high blood pressure and excess weight. Studies have shown how patients responded to text messages of advice, support, and motivation, managing to meet their targets faster than control groups.
There is even a smartphone app that is able to measure how much blood the heart pumps with each beat. It can do this as well as an ultrasound.
Analyzing The Eye
Google scientists have found a way to assess the risk of heart disease by using machine learning. They have software that can analyze the back of a patient’s eye and establish the likelihood of a person suffering a cardiac event. This is not being used in clinical settings yet because further research is needed.
The NHS is planning to start using AI to diagnose scans this year. An AI system was developed at John Radcliffe Hospital that makes a possible more accurate diagnosis of scans.
With AI comes the ability to accumulate and analyze great quantities of medical data and improve on existing diagnostic procedures. In turn, patients benefit from receiving the right treatment at the right time which can improve their outlook.
A Simple Day Procedure
Our own dual catheter system has the potential to transform the way bifurcate lesions are treated, turning this into a simple day procedure rather than a complex, risky operation. Once again, the patient will benefit from less downtime and see better results.
The use of these new technologies could have a powerful impact on our lives, increasing life expectancy and reducing heart disease fatalities. They could mean the difference between life and death.