Roberto Ferrari & Kim Fox
It is hard to believe that a year has already passed since we announced the new format for Dialogues in Cardiovascular Medicine. We are pleased that it has been such a success so far, having received letters of appreciation, especially for the sections dedicated to “Snapshots in Cardiology” and the “Hot Topics.” The website (www.dialogues-cvm.org) is also proving to be popular with over 200 visits per month. We are continuing to evolve and the format will change again slightly in 2018, adding the option to store the issues in an online library. We remain ambitious and hope to continue providing a good record of what has happened over the past year by reporting from the most prestigious.
Les explications de Pierre Boutouyrie, cardiologue et chercheur (Inserm/Paris-Descartes)
Innovations in medicine
AI ‘doctor’ that could ‘save the NHS’ begins work in an Oxford hospital to rapidly pick up signs of heart disease in patient scans
An Oxford hospital is using an AI ‘doctor’ that can quickly and accurately diagnose heart disease. The AI is more accurate than the best cardiologists and experts claim it has the potential to ‘save the NHS’. The system has been successful in the early...
A connected jacket that watches over the heart
Cardiac defibrillators are not on the corner of every street. Nor are paramedics. So how can the number of people surviving a heart attack that occurs outside the hospital be increased? Today, it is estimated that these people’s chance of survival is only 5%. This figure could be about to change with the use of the LifeVest device.
A ‘half-hearted’ solution to one-sided heart failure
Soft robotic actuators, which are pneumatic artificial muscles designed and programmed to perform lifelike motions, have recently emerged as an attractive alternative to more rigid components that have conventionally been used in biomedical devices. In fact, earlier this year, a Boston Children’s Hospital team revealed a proof-of-concept soft robotic sleeve that could support the function of a failing heart.