Despite major advancements in cardiovascular medicine and technology over the years, heart disease remains one of the number one public health concerns and a major cause of death in the UK and worldwide.
As a result, healthcare systems are strained and face unprecedented challenges – not least because of ageing populations but also mounting pressure to deliver more with less funding.
Innovation has a pivotal role to play in helping to resolve these challenges – supporting healthcare delivery teams and boosting patient outcomes. There are a large number of research studies to identify and develop potential improvements in cardiovascular medicine, with a need to translate this into clinical utility quickly.
The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, appeared on national television to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS and used a portable heart monitor to demonstrate the importance of medical technology. Just one example of innovation resulting in a real reduction in the pressures and costs in cardiology.
But as long as these pressures exist, there is always a role for new technologies. This World Heart Day (29 September 2018), we are reflecting on one pressure in particular: the need to help reduce emergency department waiting times whilst ensuring that at-risk patients are identified and prioritised accordingly. More than 1.3 million A&E admissions in the UK are due to chest pain, and of these a significant proportion prove to have no serious cardiac-related condition. Yet currently the majority still go through the cardiac triage process which contributes to the factors that can clog up emergency departments and can translate into potential treatment delays for at-risk patients.
Our innovative device, Corsens, has the potential to help address the huge strain non-ischemic chest pain patients place on emergency departments – quickly evaluating patients to freeup emergency resources by aiding the rule-out of active, acute myocardial ischaemia in patients presenting to emergency departments with symptoms consistent with those of acute coronary syndrome.
Our device is one of many innovations being developed worldwide that could help relieve pressure on major healthcare systems. We owe it to patients and healthcare systems around the world to do all we can to bring these solutions to market, and World Heart Day gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the unmet needs in heart health.