Coronary Heart Disease Today and How Do We Treat It?

20 July 2016

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It's responsible for more than 73,000 deaths in the UK each year. About 1 in 6 men and 1 in 10 women die from Coronary Heart Disease. In the UK, there are an estimated 2.3 million people living with Coronary Heart Disease and around 2 million people affected by angina (the most common symptom of coronary heart disease). Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK's single biggest killer. It is also the leading cause of death worldwide.


How is No.1 killer Coronary Heart Disease treated?
Both Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) are used to treat blocked coronary arteries.


Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Image Courtesy of hopkinsmedicine.org


Percutaneous coronary intervention, commonly known as angioplasty, is a nonsurgical procedure that opens blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. A thin, flexible tube with a balloon is threaded through a blood vessel to the narrowed or blocked coronary artery. Once in place, the balloon is inflated to compress the plaque against the wall of the artery. This restores blood flow through the artery.


During the procedure, a stent may be placed in the artery. The stent helps prevent blockages in the artery in the months or years after angioplasty.


Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) is a type of surgery in which arteries or veins from other areas in your body are used to bypass the narrowed coronary arteries. CABG can improve blood flow to your heart and possibly prevent a heart attack.


Now Svelte Medical Systems have come to market with their stent-on-a-wire Integrated Delivery System and the world’s lowest profile DES called ‘Slender IDS.’ It is exciting times as this all in one system based product boasts to reduce the risk of bleeding complications, increase patient comfort and streamline procedures.


I’m very passionate about medical technology. It’s performed beyond what we thought previously possible and taking on the biggest killer across the globe has got to be one of its most valued outcomes.


So which medical technology companies are the best providers for such life-enhancing equipment?

Some of my favourites include these guys!

  • Abbott Vascular
  • Boston Scientific
  • St Jude Medical
  • B Braun
  • Spectranetics
  • Biosensors International


What cardiovascular equipment has caught your eye in recent times and why? Share it with us in the comment feed!

Akbar Ali, Senior Cardiovascular Specialist at Projectus Consulting