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Heart disease treatment changed by new technology

Heart disease treatment has improved over the years (Photo: MGN)

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. However, treatments for heart conditions have changed dramatically over the past decade as a result of new technology.

"In the last, I should say 10 to 15 years, there's been a plethora of technology that has changed and advanced in the field of advanced heart failure," explained Dr. Muhammad Waqas, a heart failure specialist with CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute.

According to Waqas, until about 20 years ago, the only real treatment for heart failure was a heart transplant. Now, there are more options.

"LVAD, also known as Left Ventricular Assist Device, is a heart pump," Waqas said. "It is a metallic, mechanical pump that is implanted in the heart which has an inflow that pumps the blood from the heart, goes to the pump, and is ejected to the rest of the body."

Another new device is called a TAVR.

"Our cardiovascular physicians have been using new heart disease techniques which are implanting a valve inside a valve, also known as TAVR, and they've been very successful," Waqas said.

Successes like these are allowing patients to live longer, healthier lives.

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