Level Ex announced its expansion into cardiology with the launch of Cardio Ex. The company’s fourth specialty game presents interventional cardiologists with adrenaline-pumping scenarios that push their cognitive, spatial-reasoning, and decision-making skills to the limit—preparing them for critical cases they may encounter in the catheterization lab. The company will be publicly launching Cardio Ex during the American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual meeting during March 16–18, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.

Despite the high stakes under which interventional cardiologists operate—treating patients with life-threatening heart diseases—most refine techniques, train on new medical devices, or encounter complications for the first time on live patients. Level Ex brings engaging training options to physicians’ phones and tablets, providing a risk-free alternative that can be accessed anywhere.

Cardio Ex is the result of a collaboration between the company’s video game developers and dozens of expert cardiologists from top academic institutions. The game leverages state-of-the-art audio and visual effects and proven game design methodologies built on cognitive neuroscience to drive physician engagement.

“Thousands of cardiologists have been removing polyps from colons and foreign objects from airways in our other video games, pushing for Level Ex to release a game in their specialty,” said Sam Glassenberg, founder and CEO of Level Ex. “In response to that demand, our Triple-A game designers, artists and engineers have been unleashed onto interventional cardiology. The result is our most challenging game to date that amplifies the thrill and intensity of the cath lab.”

Some of the Cardio Ex in-game features include reimagined fluoroscopy visualizations that encourage cardiologists to approach complex scenarios from a new perspective and an arsenal of configurable tools from non-compliant and semi-compliant balloons, DES and PTFE stents, aspiration catheters, atherectomy drills, and more that can be manipulated in virtual patients’ diseased arteries to restore blood flow.

Interventional cardiology is just the beginning for Cardio Ex; the company plans to release more content in general cardiology, electrophysiology and peripheral interventions later in the year. Additional game updates scheduled for 2019 include sponsored levels featuring products from Level Ex’s medical device and pharmaceutical partners.