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5 Technologies Cardiologists should watch out for

  • Highlights

  • Cardiology major upsurge of technology

  • Top 5 trends impacting cardiologists

  • Staying abreast of the advances

  • Investing in the latest medical equipment

According to WHO, cardio vascular ailments account for 31% of deaths happening around the world, staggering 17 million deaths per year. Not surprisingly, cardiology has emerged as one of the most significant fields of medicine. Over the past decade, the field of cardiology has seen major changes. The focus today has shifted from the treatment of cardio vascular ailments to the prevention of these. Technological advances have brought in dramatic changes in the way cardiac ailments are being treated.
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The major technological changes that will impact cardiologists in the coming decade are as follows:

1. Smartphone Applications and Wearable Sensors

Today, there are several smart phone applications available in the market that can monitor health-related vitals of a person such as heart rate, blood pressure, ECG and so on. The day is not remote when a smart phone application will be in a position to remotely detect the symptoms of a probable heart attack and send warning signals to the patients to increase their medication or even send messages to their cardiologist.

2. Robotics

Robotics is advancing at a fast pace and in countries like the United States, robots have been cleared for cardiology procedures and catheter ablations. This would bring in more precision as compared to manual operation and prevent radiation hazard to the interventional cardiologist.

3. Nanobots

Much research is going into the development of biocompatible machines that work on a nano or near-nano scale. These machines will soon be used for medical therapies. Such technology will have far-reaching implication in the field of cardiology. In future, there may be devices that use nano-bubbles to inject nanobot through stroke in order to create channels that lead to faster penetration of TPA to dissolve the clot.

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4. Flexible Sensor Technology

Sensor technology is developing at a rapid rate. Flexible, micro circuitry sensory devices are being developed that can be applied like stickers on the skin of patients for more accurate monitoring of vitals..

5. 3-D Printing

3-D printed anatomy derived from computed tomography datasets is being used for teaching medical students and for planning cardiovascular surgical procedures.

Research is on to replace the polymers used for 3-D printing with biocompatible polymers or live cells in order to create heart valves, vessels and even replacement organs. This would enable creation of customised replacement organs that will be an exact fit for the patient.

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