Several of Beethoven’s most painfully moving compositions contain abrupt beat changes and sudden key shifts that resemble cardiac distress. They sound like a heart that can’t keep up its dull but reassuringly steady lub-dub.
University of Washington heart specialists – cardiologists and surgeons – are using technologies such as 3-D-printed heart replicas and liquid ventilation to help people survive challenging medical conditions.
In less than two decades, 3-D printers have raised the public’s eyebrows so often that their manufacturers might've reasonably been accused of grandstanding. Last month, a working automobile of carbon-fiber plastic was printed in 45 hours.
Catheter-based technology is making mitral-valve repair available to people who cannot undergo heart surgery. Dero Murphy, 89, a recent recipient of the MitraClip, called the procedure's effects "a miracle."
Current health-screening recommendations for student athletes comprise an oral history and physical exam, but these indicators are not as effective as an electrocardiogram (ECG) at detecting students at higher risk for sudden cardiac arrest, sug