“The aorta, the largest artery in the human body, is responsible for transporting this blood to every cell in the body. With some conditions our blood flow can be partially obstructed and friction between blood particles starts to cause energy loss. When this happens, the heart needs to work a lot harder to compensate for the loss and in extreme cases, may cause the heart to fail.
“We use the pressure drop across an obstruction as a way to decide treatment for patients with valve conditions”, he said. “With the help of this technology, our research is able to provide non-invasive and accurate measurements, and we are currently investigating, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the British Heart Foundation, how this will help doctors define individual treatments and optimal timings for surgery.”