Heart disease is a major concern affecting hundreds of patients every day, and doctors are committed to conducting research and providing effective technology to combat this issue. Thanks to advancing technology, doctors are able provide the best treatment plan and care option for patients with heart diseases. Innovative technologies can lead to improved clinical results and faster recovery times for these patients. Keep reading to learn about a few cutting-edge technologies that doctors are using to treat heart problems the smart way.
Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography
Commonly referred to as CCTA, this tool is a low-radiation scanner. The CCTA offers high-resolution images by performing a scan of the heart. It offers twice the resolution of other basic scanners. Moreover, this device completes the scan in half the time and exposes the patient to half the radiation. High-resolution images can help doctors diagnose issues and develop a plan of treatment. In some cases, the CTTA scan is the most effective option for patients with elevated heart rates and large patients.
Artificial Heart Technology
Many centers have an Artificial Heart Program that works diligently toward developing permanent therapies for patients that have experienced cardiac failure. In most cases, these types of patients are ineligible to receive transplants. As a result, Artificial Heart Programs are used to successfully implant mechanical heart pumps in patients. The pump is known as a Ventricular Assist Device or VAD. This device is used in patients that do not meet the heart transplant requirements, and is available in CMS approved centers as a life-saving alternative for many patients.
Stereotaxis Heart Catheterization
This technology and procedure is one of the up-and-coming advancements in cardiac innovation today. The procedure allows experienced doctors to navigate catheters throughout the body with the use of magnets, which makes it less invasive or painful for the patient. This technology is literally used as a GPS for the heart. It can help doctors look at the heart from a unique vantage point and develop methods for improving the organ without performing open heart surgery.
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance
Magnetic resonance imaging, known as MRI, is an effective way to examine the heart. New MRI technology uses magnets to create very weak signals in the atoms within the heart. Then, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance uses computers to magnify and record these signals which are used to create images of the heart. These MRI images can display blood flow as well as the size of the heart’s chambers. Doctors use this tool to create special techniques that test pumping action and receive information about blood flow.
Currently, technology is the best resource doctors can use to improve heart related issues, and almost any health issue for that matter. More importantly, advances in technology offer innovative methods that improve transplants and other surgical procedures for those with life threatening heart problems.
This article was written by Dixie Somers. She got her medical advice from professionals who specialize in catheter shaft welding and manufacturing.