10 Years of Progress in Treating Hearts

Three cardiologists talk about the advances in their areas in the last decade

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     As The University of Kansas Hospital celebrates ten years of its Girls' Night In program, three of the hospital's cardiologists talk about the biggest changes in heart care in the last 10 years.

     Dr. Ashley Simmons says there's been an increased awareness among women that heart disease is the number one killer of women. She also says imaging and diagnostic tools are making it much easier to diagnose and prevent heart problems.

     Dr. Rhea Pimentel, an electrophysiologist says implantable devices are making it easier to monitor and control heart conditions. One of those devices is a wireless loop recorder, inserted in the doctor's office rather than an operating room, which can watch a patient's heart for up to three years and wirelessly update the doctor.

     Dr. Mark Wiley is an interventional cardiologist who says one of the biggest changes is a way to replace the heart's aortic valve in a minimally invasive fashion, letting the patient be up and walking the same day.