Cardiologists are using innovative technology to allow them to operate while viewing a real-time 3D heart map.
The ground-breaking software which allows a surgeon to see inside a patient’s heart in real-time whilst applying treatment has been used in the UK for the first time in operations at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
University of Leicester Professor and Leicester’s Hospitals Cardiologist Andre Ng used the new technique in operations on two patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (AF). The most common form of heart rhythm disturbance in the UK, AF currently affects more than 1.5 million people. It is characterised by fast, irregular beats of the heart’s upper chambers and can lead to stroke and heart failure.