How Can An Engineer Save Your Heart?

Every day our heart beats 100,000 times, pumping 23,000 liters of blood to 75 quadrillion cells. But one in three of us will die from heart disease. Luckily, one of the 450 researchers supported by AXA is getting some help from airplane engineering to prevent these risks. ALL ARTICLES  |  Research & Foresight
Sep 29, 2015

Traditionally, medicine and engineering existed in two different, separate worlds. Rooted in physics, chemistry and mechanics, engineering focused on the inanimate universe, whereas medicine, with its focus on biology, biochemistry and genetics, concentrated its efforts on the organic world. However, currently researchers from each of these two separate worlds are beginning to see how much they each stand to benefit from the unique tools and approaches of the other. Nowhere is this more true than in the ongoing battle against cardiovascular disease, the world's leading cause of mortality.

On the occasion of World Heart Day, discover the third episode of the AXA Research Files. With the help of Cardiovascular Engineer Professor Barakat, our Science Presenter investigates how the mechanical principles of flow-dynamics inform his research into improving the life-saving design of heart stents. Starting his journey on the wings of a bi-plane, it's an adrenalin fueled mission!

Don't miss the upcoming episodes of the AXA Research Files on solar flares, leadership, volcanoes and even immortality.

And now, see the two first episodes: