I'm the Cardiovascular specialist at Projectus and all things cardiology is my passion! With cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounting for over a quarter of all deaths in the UK it's a vital area of study. The emerging technology in this field is simply remarkable and the devices our clients Medtronic and Lombard for example, pioneer at the incredible rate they do is mind blowing. I love promoting this technology, there are so many to list but here's my pick of 3 to look out for this year.
Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR)
With the use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement now approved in Europe and rapidly growing, attention is turning towards the next big frontier of the mitral valve. See above the Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement, one of the popular topics at upcoming cardiology meetings in 2016 and beyond! Valtech Cardio & Abbott Vascular are the only 2 companies with this product so far. With that limited number I cant help but wonder who will stock something similar soon or develop a competitive product which of course, will benefit this healthcare arena no end.
I love this - our client Medtronic have created the world's smallest pacemaker. It leaves no bump under the skin or chest scar and requires no lead or lead wire. This cardiocapsule is completely self-contained within the heart and provides the therapy needed without a visible reminder of a medical device! Incredibly, Micra is 93% smaller than traditional pacemakers.
Lombard's 'The Altura System'
Our friends at Lombard Medical launched The Altura system in January 2016. It represents a paradigm shift in endograft design that offers a simple and predictable treatment option for standard AAA anatomy. Delivered via an ultra-low profile 14F catheter, it allows for repositioning during deployment and accurate graft placement at each renal artery enabling physicians to utilize all of the available aortic neck. It also eliminates the need for cannulation that results in a simple, safe and consistent deployment with predictable and shorter procedure times. With just 6 product sizes, the Altura system allows the majority of patients who present for EVAR repair to be treated quickly with minimal hospital stay and recovery times.
What other cardiovascular technology are you most impressed by? I'd love to hear your comments.
If you'd like to discuss the industry further or any new opportunities within cardiovascular technology, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0203 8000 503 today.
Akbar Ali, Cardiovascular Specialist at Projectus Consulting