Large-scale studies into the risk factors for heart disease, and how new technologies can be used to prevent and manage it, were the topics at the latest in the Oxford Martin School’s ‘Health in the 21st Century: what’s new?’ seminar series.
In both the developed and developing world, ischemic heart disease is the most common cause of death, and in the UK causes around 73,000 deaths every year.
Professor Terry Dwyer, Executive Director of the George Institute for Global Health, based at the Oxford Martin School, gave insights into global studies that had involved tens of thousands of volunteers over a number of decades, giving a comprehensive picture of the impact of risk factors such as weight and blood pressure, from childhood through to adulthood.
Dr Kazem Rahim, the George Institute’s Deputy Director, examined whether integrated digital healthcare could bring about the “next healthcare revolution”. He said technology such as sensors and tablet computers that could be used by patients and community healthcare workers could relieve the burden on hospitals and make healthcare more accessible and more affordable.