Nico Bruining1, PhD; Paul A. Cummins1, RN; Peter P.T. de Jaegere1, MD, PhD
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 ...