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"The Magic of Cardiology" is the motto of this year's ESC Congress in Barcelona. While some of the techniques presented might indeed seem like wizardry, the science behind them is anything but hocuspocus. Keep reading to learn about new applications for AI in cardiology, advanced cardiac imaging, the rise of more gender-specific approaches and more. Enjoy!

Article • Possibilities and risks

AI in cardiology: so much is feasible – but is everything useful?

It might sound like science fiction but it is reality in cardiology: with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) physicians can recognize from a patient’s headshot whether the person is suffering from coronary artery disease and is therefore at ...

Article • Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

HFpEF poses increasing burden on health services

With the life expectancy of populations improving, experts believe the rising diagnosis and prevalence of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) will have a significant impact on healthcare services going forward.

Article • Women’s heart health

Exploring the cardiovascular impact of pregnancy and menopause

The critical times in a woman’s life of pregnancy and the menopause – and their relation to heart health – is explored at the ESC. The defined field of gender-specific cardiology is becoming an increasingly important area of focus, experts say.

News • CMR-ECV vs. light-chain cardiac amyloidosis

'Stiff heart syndrome': Advanced MRI benefits patients

An advanced form of cardiac MRI has for the first-time enabled clinicians to measure the effectiveness of chemotherapy in patients with the life-limiting condition ‘stiff heart syndrome’.

Interview • Cardisiography

AI supported vector cardiography to enhance screening precision

Cardisiography is a screening method for detecting structural, rhythmical, or vascular heart disease and a decision support tool to guide targeted follow-up. Meik Baumeister, CEO of Cardisio, talks about the development and the operating principle.

Article • Non-invasive method

Pressure-strain loop to assess myocardial work

Using left ventricular pressure-strain loops as a non-invasive way to assess myocardial work has benefits for cardiologists in terms of diagnosis and prognostic stratification for a wide range of heart conditions.

News • "Broken heart syndrome"

Brain changes linked to emotion discovered in Takotsubo syndrome

Changes in areas of the brain associated with emotion have been identified in people with Takotsubo syndrome, sometimes known as broken heart syndrome, according to new research.

News • Gene therapy in the heart muscle

Targeting heart disease with viral vectors

Researchers have developed adeno-associated virus variants that target heart muscle cells and can thus be used for the precise treatment of heart diseases.


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