The epicentre of human health has always been heart disease and consequently following suit, the cardiovascular health medical sector. As a result, researchers are continually discovering new ways of combating, as well as treating, various types of heart diseases. In this article, we take a look at some of these latest innovations in cardiovascular medical devices.
Stem Cell Therapy
Researchers published a study in The Lancet medical journal, according to which they treated 17 patients that had suffered heart attacks, by injecting stem cells into the heart of the patient. Once injected, the stem cells develop into new heart cells, repairing the damaged tissue. This procedure requires the use of a specialized medical device, namely a catheter, in order to assure precise and safe delivery of stem cells to the heart, utilizing a minimally invasive procedure rather than risk open heart surgery.
Otherwise known as ICDs, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators are automated implants that detect abnormal heart rhythms. ICD’s deliver high-energy, low-energy, and pacing shocks to the heart. This means that ICDs can perform cardioversion, defibrillation. In some cases, also pacing of the heart. Implantable defibrillators act as a permanent safeguard against sudden life-threatening arrhythmias, which would otherwise result in acute heart conditions.
Researchers at Harvard University in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital, have developed an innovative device that fits around the heart to help it beat. The device, described as a soft robot, resembles a sleeve that can be installed around the heart, which compresses and twists in sync with the patient’s nominal heart beat. Its operation is predicted to augment cardiovascular functions that have been weakened due to previous heart failure. A differentiating factor of this soft robot compared to currently available cardiovascular medical devices serving a similar function, is that it does so indirectly, without coming into direct contact with the patient’s blood.
AI Predictive Algorithms
At first glance, an algorithm doesn’t fit the conventional notion of a cardiovascular medical device. However, international medical device regulations specifically recognize software as a medical device: to be used for medical purposes without being part of a hardware medical device.
Google’s health-tech subsidiary, Verily, uses large data sets of eye images in correlation with the patient’s health information, in order to develop a predictive algorithm for cardiovascular health based on a patient’s eyes. Such a medical device is Verily’s artificial intelligence algorithm, that “promises to predict heart disease just by taking one glance at a patient’s eyes”.
Tackling the Challenges of Innovation
It is not uncommon for a company to engage in design and development of an innovative novel medical device. Only to deal with prototype scaling and manufacturability issues along the way. So when designing an innovative medical device, it is imperative to work with an experienced manufacturing partner. This will safeguard your bottom line, and supply you with knowledge and information that will make your device manufacturable, cost efficient, and effective.
Quasar has been the manufacturing partner of choice for novel medical device companies around the globe, for more than 30 years. Get in touch with Quasar to discover how you can kickstart your new or optimize your existing cardiovascular medical device projects.
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