Category Archives: General Interest

Coronary Angiogram on Dogs

Dogs in the Cardiac Cath Lab

Opening up human cath labs to our furry friends A Cardiac Catheterisation suite is an environment full of expensive technology and staffed with highly qualified people. But what about the patients? Are they all the same? Are gender, ethnicity or socio-economic background relevant factors which might influence our behaviour? Do we sometimes give VIP services…

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Medtronic factory tour

Behind the Scenes: The Manufacturing of Medtronic’s Integrity Stents

Overview Founded in 1949 as a medical repair shop, Medtronic Inc. has steadily grown to become a global leader in medical technologies, initially producing pacemakers before expanding to cover the variety of products available today. 40,000 employees in 120 countries, with 44 manufacturing facilities, and 25 research and development centres worldwide ensure they are always…

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NASA Heart Research

NASA’s Spin-Offs for Cardiac Medicine

The quest for knowledge and the desire for exploration has resulted in the development of new technologies to allow astronauts to explore outer space in safety. These advancements are eventually picked up by other companies to use here on on Earth to improve our quality of life. Here are some examples of cardiac products that…

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NASA Heart Research

Current NASA Space Studies in Cardiology

The International Space Station (ISS) is located approximately 400km above the Earth, and although it is still being built, many experiments are still being carried out. Of interest to the cardiology world though is the following experiment which will commence shortly. Human Cardiovascular Performance in the Space Flight Environment Description & Aim: Cardiac arrhythmias have…

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B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) Dharan

Lifestyles of Patients with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) Attending Cardiac OPD of BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal

INTRODUCTION Background: Heart disease as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality is of global concern, especially in North American and European societies. In the US, nearly one-quarter of the entire adult US population (about 61 million) lives with some form of heart disease, and approximately one million Americans die of heart disease every year,…

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