It had seemed that cardiology was stagnant for awhile and many patients started to turn to alternative treatments just to see their options. For the most part, there have been very few monumental advances in heart disease treatment since the development of stents 20+ years ago.
This week has been eye-opening for those patients looking to new treatment options. Several studies have been reported at various cardiology conferences that could finally lead to some new monumental heart treatments. The most promising ones are:
Placement of New Heart Valves by Heart Catheterization
Robotically Assisted Ballon Angioplasty and Stent Placement
Left Atrial Appendage Closure for Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Self-Injections of Nesiritide Improves Function of Heart in Heart Failure
All of these new studies have the potential to bring about major changes in heart disease management. For people with previously untreated aortic stenosis , they can get a new heart valve put in through a simple needle stick during a heart catheterization. Cardiologists can provide more efficient care with robotically assisted balloon angioplasty and stenting. Patients with atrial fibrillation may be able to go off of their Coumadin or other blood thinner if they have a left atrial appendage closure. Heart failure patients could feel significantly better and avoid hospital stays by giving themselves shots of a heart failure drug at home.
Over the next week I will update you about each of these promising new treatments specifically so check out the upcoming posts for more info!