The modern world sees tremendous advances in both medicine and technology. Three decades ago, something like an ingrown toenail could mean outpatient surgery and two months on crutches; while not a hundred percent effective, they now have a pill. In terms of technology, VCRs were once all the rage and now gone the way of the dinosaur, replaced by DVD players that are now giving way to Blu-Ray players and streaming video. It should be no shock that in some cases the advances in technology and medicine combine, and nowhere is this more prevalent than when technology and cardiology go hand in hand.
Of all the various specialties of medicine available to industrialized nations, besides the popular cosmetic surgery like updated fat removal surgery, cardiology is one that matters more so than many others. As advances in disease management and nutrition boost the lifespans of citizens, they are living long enough that cardiac issues are becoming a major area of concern in the medical community. Millions suffer from high blood pressure, and heart attacks and strokes kill or afflict lots of other people. Technology provides cardiologists and other medical professionals ways to diagnose, treat, and even prevent a lot of heart related health issues in patients.
When a patient is referred to a cardiologist, tests are often run to determine the problems with a heart, if there are any. Commonly, the starting round is a routine stress test involving a treadmill and various electrodes recording the body’s various health metrics. MRI, CT, and X-ray machines can also be used to get a look inside a person for more detailed mapping. In some cases, especially when a person might be so large that it is hard to see inside their body, an ultrasound probe might be sent down the throat for a close radar-type look.
One area where technology and cardiology go hand in hand that many consumers might recognize is automated blood pressure measuring machines found in drug stores and almost all Cardiology Center. Not only can consumers get their blood pressure measured, but often also their weight, and even their BMI. These measurements can be tracked and recorded through an online account for convenient access and record keeping over time to see progress or what needs to be done.
These are all but a few of the technology tools that medical professionals have available to them when it comes to cardiology. There are many more in development soon to be revealed.