Technological Innovations Give Hope in the Fight Against Heart Disease
From apps that diagnose irregular heart rhythms to fitbits with sensors to measure heart rate, a wave of heart technological innovations has appeared as companies cash in on the battle to fight heart disease.
The question always arises of how accurate the results are from a medical point of view. When it comes to measuring blood pressure and more on devices we use every day, like smartphones, there definitely needs to be more research. For example, readings could be influenced by motion, consistent contact with the skin, etc.
Smartphone Blood Pressure Check
Last year Caltech showed that a smartphone app could accurately measure how much blood the hearts pumps with each beat. In turn, all patients had to do was hold a smartphone camera up to their neck for less than two minutes, and an algorithm in the app analyzed the information. This was found to be as accurate as doing an ultrasound.
Other Heart Technological Innovations
Artificial intelligence is changing the way cardiac disease is being handled because of the way data can be absorbed, processed and analyzed. When it comes to healthcare, this can make all the difference in the way patients are diagnosed and treated.
For instance, cardiologists are able to read and interpret the results of echo studies more quickly and efficiently. Catching heart disease early and treating it efficiently is more possible when using AI.
Our dual catheter system is another technological innovation that I hope will bring about a revolution in the way heart disease is treated. Patients will no longer have to undergo lengthy, complex operations. The interventional cardiologist will be able, and the patient will be out the same day.
At present we seem to be losing the fight against heart disease, but technological innovations could make a difference. They have the potential to change cardiac healthcare for the better by addressing current limitations.