The Living Heart Project explores 3D models' potential to combat and prevent heart disease.

 

Recent research from the World Health Organization revealed that 17.3 million people died from cardiovascular diseases worldwide in 2008, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. The American Heart Association report, Forecasting the Future of Cardiovascular Disease in the United States, believes the total direct medical costs of cardiovascular disease will reach $818.1 billion over the next three decades.

The study of the human body is complex and physicians are constantly researching and developing new ideas of how to combat and prevent disease. Normally, this is done by physically analyzing the anatomy of a human being, but a groundbreaking idea could change the face of medicine for good.

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