2018 was a big year for Heart Health Innovations and Breakthroughs ranging from research to advanced complex biomedical engineering and much more. Below is our Top 5 that we felt was both exciting and also had the potential to serve the most people to make a significant impact in their lives.

1. Using Pig’s Hearts for Transplants

In a mind-blowing talk, geneticist Luhan Yang explains a breakthrough: using CRISPR, a technique for editing genes, she and her colleagues have created pigs that don’t carry the virus, opening up the possibility of safely growing human-transplantable organs in pigs.

View her entire Talk here.

2. Heart-failure devices

Portable heart pumps keep improving life for people with congestive heart failure.

Learn more about these devices here: https://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/04/17/assist-for-congestive-heart-failure

3. AI and Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning can help vulnerable heart patients. Those who are ill or recovering from a heart procedure are often deconditioned and weak on their feet.

Learn more about implantable cardioverter defibrillators here: https://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2014/11/26/defibrillator-insertion-implant-for-life

4. Google Develops Artificial Intelligence to Assess Heart Health

Researchers can determine a patient’s risk for cardiovascular disease by simply observing blood vessels in the back of the eye.

Read the entire article here: https://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/google-develops-artificial-intelligence-assess-heart-health/

5. New Breakthrough treatments for Heart Failure

  • Heart disease is the leading causing of death in the United States, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths every year, reports the CDC.
  • Almost 6 million Americans currently have heart failure, a figure that is expected to increase 46 percent, to 8 million, by 2030.
  • About half of people with heart failure die within 5 years of diagnosis.
  • With recent dramatic leaps in sensor and soft robotics technology, scientists are turning to innovative medical devices to prolong the life of patients with heart failure.

Read the entire article here: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/02/new-heart-failure-innovations-promise-longer-life.html