Some Promising Medical Innovations Possible in 2015

Some Promising Medical Innovations Possible in 2015

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Jan 20, 2015, at 9:48 pm


SOME OF 2014’S BIG BREAKTHROUGHS IN MEDICINE are being implemented right now, and 2015 will certainly bring additional innovations to improve care outside and inside the hospital. We took Cleveland Clinic’s “Top Medical Innovations for 2015″ and picked out our top 4, all involving – you guessed it- the heart!

doctor in front of chalkboard with crazy equations1. Mobile Stroke Unit
A stroke occurs when blood flow to certain parts of the brain stops, which can lead to cell damage and permanent brain impairment if not treated quickly. Traditionally, when someone suffers a stroke, he or she is taken to the hospital for treatment, but researchers have been researching ways to begin treatment before the hospital since 2008. Now in 2015, the
Mobile Stroke Unit exists! This ambulance-type vehicle includes all the necessary lab equipment – including a CT scanner – and uses telemedicine to quickly send the CT images to experts in the hospital for evaluation and diagnosis. The Mobile Stroke Unit has proven to save valuable time, and the rapid communication and evaluation it provides results in increased survival rate and reduced disability for patients.

2. New Blood Tests
first blood transfusion occurred in 1628 and has been heavily researched since. Now in 2015, blood tests are transforming from painful, prolonged and expensive, into painless, fast and cheap. The final days of vials and needles are among us, and being replaced with a painless and noninvasive pricking method. The results are calculated and available within hours of the test. Additionally, the test itself is estimated to be 10% of the conventional fee.

3. Leadless Pacing
Say goodbye to those bulging pacemakers that require a surgical pocket!
The Nanostim™ Leadless Pacemaker functions the same as traditional pacemakers, but the method of implantation differs. Leadless Pacemakers are secured within your heart instead of a chest pocket, and requires no leads to pace your heart. Similar in size to a vitamin, it can be implanted without extensive surgery, reducing many of the common malfunctions and complications of traditional pacemaker placement.

4. New Heart Failure Drug
Heart failure kills about 600,000 Americans yearly- that’s 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The FDA has recently put the newest heart failure drug, Angiotensin-receptor neprilysin inhibitor, or ARNI, on “fast-track” status. The drug works by combining an effective existing drug with an enzyme blocker that improves many symptoms of heart failure and enlarged hearts. This new drug could revolutionize heart failure treatment for millions.

The New Year is full of new innovations, especially within medicine!

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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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