Heart Pumps, Not Just a Bridge
DT, or destination therapy, refers to the implantation of heart pumps as permanent treatment for advanced heart failure.
Until recently, these pumps – which help the heart pump blood to the body more efficiently – were most often used to bridge the gap until patients could get a transplant. “Although heart transplantation has been viewed as the gold standard for heart failure, there are simply not enough hearts to go around,” says Robert Bourge, M.D., director of UAB Cardiovascular Diseases. “There are an estimated 550,000 new cases of heart failure each year.”
Bourge recently helped create advanced practice guidelines for DT as part of a nationwide group of cardiac experts who have collectively implanted and treated more than 900 patients with DT.
All news from this category: Health and Medicine
This subject area encompasses research and studies in the field of human medicine.
Among the wide-ranging list of topics covered here are anesthesiology, anatomy, surgery, human genetics, hygiene and environmental medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pharmacology, physiology, urology and dental medicine.
Researchers confront optics and data-transfer challenges with 3D-printed lens
Researchers have developed new 3D-printed microlenses with adjustable refractive indices – a property that gives them highly specialized light-focusing abilities. This advancement is poised to improve imaging, computing and communications…
Research leads to better modeling of hypersonic flow
Hypersonic flight is conventionally referred to as the ability to fly at speeds significantly faster than the speed of sound and presents an extraordinary set of technical challenges. As an…
Researchers create ingredients to produce food by 3D printing
Food engineers in Brazil and France developed gels based on modified starch for use as “ink” to make foods and novel materials by additive manufacturing. It is already possible to…