The field of cardiology is constantly in forward motion. Over the past 10 years, technological advancements within the medical device industry have led to significant improvements in patient outcomes.
Frail and elderly patients suffering from aortic valve stenosis can now tolerate minimally invasive transcatheter valve replacements, resulting in significantly lower morbidity and mortality than that associated with traditional open-heart surgery. In the field of cardiac electrophysiology, pulsed field ablation is a new, advanced method for performing catheter ablation. This method eliminates sources of atrial fibrillation by utilizing pulsed field direct current energy, allowing for more rapid ablation procedures with fewer complications.
Exciting developments in the field of pacemakers has led to the development of electrodes and guide catheters that allow for conduction system pacing in patients with bradycardia and congestive heart failure. These tools allow an operator to harness the heart’s native conduction system resulting in synchronous and physiologic contraction of the ventricles. Ultimately, these new technologies and developments are revolutionizing the way we care for patients.