Latest Technology in Cardiovascular Disease Video

More effective drugs are coming out to eliminate cholesterol. Stints are becoming more designer and robotic cardiac surgery is being developed. Also, prevention treatments are advancing.
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What is the latest technology in the field? Fast CT Dr. Amy Epps: It's more of diagnostic test that is coming out and more in the forefront that is a non-invasive test to look for coronary disease, is this new Fast CT. It's a CAT scan of the heart that again, it's supposed to take the place of the catheterization, it's not quite there yet but each year the technology is getting better and better and can really image the heart and the coronaries so accurately that it eliminates a huge number of people that otherwise would go to the CAT lab for a more invasive test to see whether they have a blockage in the coronary. So that's very promising. The radiographic advancements in technology to image the heart. Now as far as treatments go there are more and more coming out with more effective ways to eliminate cholesterol from drugs, and there're few drugs now, in studies from a coronary standpoint, the stents that we use are getting more and more designer so to speak. They now have drug coated stents that we actually, they're coated with a type of almost chemotherapy that continues to treat that diseased area even months after you put the stent in. So that's been very promising and patients have done very well and have really decreased the amount of people who come back over time with blockages in their coronaries. New treatments In prevention Dr. Amy Epps: There's a new drug out right now for smoking cessation that really acts to block the receptors in the brain that cause the addiction and that has been fantastic, I've had several patients, in fact every patient that I've put on this drug have succeeded so far. So that's been a very fantastic sort of development, even though you wouldn't think of it as treating heart disease, it really does, really helps in the prevention of heart disease by treating the smoking. Other technologies Dr. Amy Epps: From another heart standpoint there is robotic cardiac surgery that is being developed, it really makes cardiac surgery, surgery of the valves especially much less invasive. So for a very speedy recovery time sicker patients, they may not have been a candidate for surgery, can now undergo this type of minimally invasive robotic surgery and that they otherwise would not have been candidates for. So that's going to be very exciting and certainly they're perfecting the technology for the ablations of the arrhythmias so they're not as risky that they're able to really identify the focus of the arrhythmia and get rid of it that they used to not be able to do.

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