Tag Archives: Catheterization

UV-light enabled catheter fixes holes in the heart without invasive surgery

Washington: Researchers have designed a specialized ultraviolet light enabled catheter for fixing holes in the heart using a biodegradable adhesive and patch. As the team reports in Science Translational Medicine, the catheter has been used successfully in animal studies to facilitate hole closure without the need for an open heart surgery.

Posted in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, RESEARCH | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advanced CT scans may be used to assess coronary blockages

Washington: An ultra-fast, 320-detector computed tomography (CT) scanner can accurately sort out which people with chest pain need — or don’t need — an invasive procedure such as cardiac angioplasty or bypass surgery to restore blood flow to the heart, according to an international study. Results of the study, which involved 381 patients at 16 hospitals in eight countries, were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich, Germany, on August 28.

Posted in Cardiology, Radiology, RESEARCH | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment