The marvel of percutaneous cardiovascular devices in the elderly

Authors: Guidoin, RobertDouville, YvanClavel, Marie-AnnickZhang, ZeNutley, MarkPibarot, PhilippeDionne, Guy
Abstract: Thanks to minimally invasive procedures, frail and elderly patients can also benefit from innovative technologies. More than 14 million implanted pacemakers deliver impulses to the heart muscle to regulate the heart rate (treating bradycardias and blocks). The first human implantation of defibrillators was performed in early 2000. The defibrillator detects cardiac arrhythmias and corrects them by delivering electric shocks. The ongoing development of minimally invasive technologies has also broadened the scope of treatment for elderly patients with vascular stenosis and aneurysmal disease as well as other complex vascular pathologies. The nonsurgical cardiac valve replacement represents one of the most recent and exciting developments, demonstrating the feasibility of replacing a heart valve by way of placement through an intra-arterial or trans-ventricular sheath. Percutaneous devices are particularly well suited for the elderly as the surgical risks of minimally invasive surgery are considerably less as compared to open surgery, leading to a shorter hospital stay, a faster recovery, and improved quality of life.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 2 June 2010
Open Access Date: 26 September 2016
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 11971 (1), 188–199 (2010)
New York Academy of Science
Alternative version: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05517.x
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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