Patients having complex heart procedures can now return home from hospital within a day, thanks to breakthroughs in medical imaging technology.
Today, patients with heart disease routinely receive treatments that, a decade ago, were unimaginable.
Heart disease, a top UK killer, is a leading cause of urgent and elective hospital admissions. In the past, open-heart surgery patients required a seven to 10 day recovery period.
Professor Mark Monaghan, director of non-invasive cardiology at King’s College Hospital, London, believes that new medical imaging technologies play a key role in patient care advances.
“Technology offers tremendous benefits for the cardiologist and the surgeon, as well as the patient,” he says.
“Cardiologists and surgeons can diagnose more precisely, plan more accurately, use minimally invasive procedures, and have better information for aftercare; while patients will experience less pain and faster recovery.”
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