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There are numerous areas in the field of cardiology and cardiac surgery in which the development of innovative technologies continues to grow rapidly. These areas include:

  1. resuscitation systems and devices;
  2. implantable therapies (e.g., pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, stents, septal occluders, valves, annular rings, fibrin patches, etc.);
  3. delivery systems/invasive therapies (e.g., angioplasties, ablations, catheters, etc.);
  4. procedural improvements (e.g., mapping systems, 3D echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, training simulators, etc.);
  5. less invasive surgical approaches (e.g., off-pump, robotics);
  6. post-procedural follow-up and telemedicine (e.g., electrical, functional, adverse events, etc.); and
  7. training tools.

Continued improvement of these technologies, as well as advances in rehabilitation and other support services (e.g., patient education, training, home monitoring, etc.), will undoubtedly extend and/or save lives and enhance the overall quality of life for patients.

It is exciting to reflect on the technologies that have been employed to date, and to contemplate the new developments that will positively affect the overall healthcare of the cardiac patient. It continues to be an exhilarating time to be working in the field of cardiovascular sciences.

This tutorial will highlight some of the devices that we have utilized in the Visible Heart Laboratory and for which we have collected education imaging footage.


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