Mending a broken heart

Helping clinicians perform complex heart surgery

In the complex field of healthcare, Philips provides high-tech digital precision solutions which can transform the way clinicians perform specialty operations. Meet Christine Arnott.

In the last 16 years, she’s had thoracic surgery several times due to oesophageal cancer, cardiomyopathy, and the implantation of a biventricular pacemaker. Incredibly, she has died five times but has been brought back to life on each occasion.

The whole aim of these technologies is to get people out of the hospital faster and with less discomfort."


Dr. Tony Walton

Interventional Cardiologist, The Alfred Hospital

When she was diagnosed with mitral valve disease (a complex type of heart disease), she was informed that due to her previous medical history, she was not a suitable candidate for further surgery as she was unlikely to survive open-heart surgery.

However, Christine wouldn’t take no for an answer and turned to The Alfred Hospital, a leading cardio site in Australia. Regarded as the foremost cardiovascular health facility in Victoria, The Alfred’s Heart Centre agreed to perform the transcatheter mitral valve replacement surgery that Christine so desperately needed.

One of the key pieces of technology in the Heart Centre is Philips' EchoNavigator technology which enables cardiologists to perform complex structural heart procedures more efficiently by providing intelligently integrated X-ray and 3D ultrasound images fused into one intuitive and interactive view.

Philips continues to supply The Alfred Hospital’s Structural Heart Program so cardiologists are better equipped to perform difficult procedures in a less invasive way.

As with Christine, it is Philips hope that such collaborations ultimately result in better patient care.

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