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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 […]
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Innovations in medicine

This Google AI (Sort of) Knows When You’ll Have a Heart Attack

Your eyes, they say, are the windows to your soul — and according to a new study funded by Google, your eyes may also be the windows to an impending heart attack. In the study, Google researchers used retinal-scan data from nearly 300,000 patients to “train” a neural network — an intricate series of algorithms — to detect heart-health risks just by looking at images of a patient’s eyes.

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.
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