The year just passed was full of insights and innovations likely to be felt for many years to come. Here are 15 such developments in which Cleveland Clinic staff played key roles.
Current Cleveland Clinic heart and vascular studies include two on leadless pacemakers, one on evolocumab for statin intolerance and one on gut flora reduction after dietary intervention.
Five new technologies—subcutaneous ICDs, contact force ablation catheters,
leadless pacemakers, a vagal nerve stimulator and a left atrial appendage occlusion device—are making EP procedures safer and more effective.
At one-tenth the size of their traditional counterparts, leadless pacemakers hold the promise of fewer infections, dislodgements and failures. U.S. studies are underway to put that promise to the test.
As more patients require extraction of pacemaker and ICD leads, the risks from this complex procedure mount. Multidisciplinary expertise is key to avoiding infection and managing catastrophic complications.
Many cardiologists monitor pacemakers and other cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) remotely. Forward-thinking practices are now integrating their monitoring software into their electronic medical records system (EMR)