Editorial – ESC Munich 2018
JEROEN J. BAX, FESC
Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
From the 25th to 29th of August 2018, the European Society of Cardiology host- ed the annual ESC congress in Munich again. This year, a total of 33 000 health care professionals attended the 4.5-day event, one the most successful cardiology meetings ever. The attendees came from more than 150 countries and enjoyed al- most […]
Les explications de Pierre Boutouyrie, cardiologue et chercheur (Inserm/Paris-Descartes)
Innovations in medicine
Heart attack blood test sensitive enough to be used in portable device
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.