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Addressing interventional periprocedural anxiety with virtual reality

EuroIntervention 2020;16:e963-e965. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV16I12A177

1. Department of Cardiology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

This editorial relates to the article in this issue of EuroIntervention by Raphael Romano Bruno et al “Virtual reality-assisted conscious sedation during transcatheter aortic valve implantation: a randomised pilot study”1.

Whilst virtual reality (VR) is a technology that is relatively established in modern gaming, medical researchers and physicians are now realising its potential as a distraction therapeutic which may provide a reduction in emotion-based symptoms including anxiety and pain. Currently, VR is applied in contexts such as pain relief2, neurocognitive disorders such as stroke3, and psychiatric disorders4. From a patient perspective within interventional cardiology, VR is ...

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