Blood in need of oxygenation flows into the right atrium, down to the right ventricle to be pumped through the pulmonary artery to the lungs.
When that blood comes back to the heart, chock full of oxygen, it arrives in the left atrium, down to the left ventricle to be pumped up through the aorta to the rest of the body before returning to the heart.
It's a cycle that happens billions of times in the average lifetime.
It's a coordination we admire and appreciate. Supporting that beat it is essential to the work we do at Abbott. With February designated as Heart Health Month in the U.S., it takes on even greater significance to us.
"People in medical technology, especially cardiovascular, have really felt a responsibility to improve the technology, build upon previous innovations to come up with new innovations, as our primary purpose," said Jamey Jacobs, divisional vice president for Global Product Development in California. "And that would in turn advance health outcomes, making the patients a little better off."
Here's just a sample of our expanding portfolio to care for your heart:
So even as coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death worldwide for people over 60, life expectancy also is increasing, as are the demands for innovative healthcare. The costs run in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
"With Abbott's role as a leader in cardiovascular technology, we need to be a trailblazer in driving innovations that really improve patients’ lives and reduce the overall burden of cardiovascular disease," Jacobs said.
"Not only are we just pushing technology forward, we’re responsible for creating much better outcomes that in turn reduce the overall cost of health care and help solve this global health care economic challenge."
Abbott takes seriously its job to provide high quality technologies that improve lives by providing knowledge to patients and tools to doctors. Our 94,000-strong company employs more than 2,300 scientists.
The sooner we can help get you start feeling better, the sooner you can get back to living your fullest, healthiest life.
"I'm just really encouraged by the possibilities," Jacobs said.
Taking care of your heart? It's in our blood.
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