The NIHR Cardiovascular Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) has been established to improve the treatment and diagnosis of heart disease and give patients an input into the new approaches being developed.
The HTC works with researchers, clinicians, companies and patients to develop and de-risk new medical technologies and access funding streams. The HTC supports technologies at the proof of concept stage, where we might have a prototype in the lab, all the way to productionisation where there is a product that can be bought.
By utilising expertise in imaging sciences and biomedical engineering with NHS Trust clinicians we aim to develop and validate new devices and interventions. World leading imaging and modelling skills encourage the development of new technologies by monitoring the effectiveness of new treatments and interventions. The HTC aims to bring together the right people to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease and reduce the cost of treatment for the NHS.
The term cardiovascular disease includes a set of diseases and the NIHR Cardiovascular HTC has been established to improve the diagnosis and treatment of all these diseases. We have identified four strategic focus areas where healthcare technologies have the greatest potential to transform the care of patients with cardiovascular disease in the near future. These disease areas are:
A disease where the flow of blood through the arteries is affected by deposits of fatty substances on the inside walls of the vessels. See our focus areas for more information.
A condition where a person’s heart beat rhythm is too slow, too quick or irregular when at rest. See our focus areas for more information.
This disease occurs when the heart fails to pump efficiently which leads to insufficient blood quantities at the right pressure reaching the organs. See our focus areas for more information.
Structural Heart Disease
A disease which occurs due to abnormal or defective structure within the heart such as the walls or the valves. See our focus areas for more information.
Paediatric Heart Disease
Paediatric heart disease is a term used to describe several different heart conditions that occur specifically in children. Children are normally both with these conditions, so this range of disorders are also referred to as Congentical Heart Defects. See our focus areas for more information.