Personal Medical Technology Devices Usher in New World of Cardiac Care
Prevention & Treatment Advances in mobile technology help patients with cardiovascular disease lead better lives while opening the door for more personalized treatment and wellness monitoring.
An arsenal of new medical technology is helping manage cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for men and women.
“Miniature sensoring devices can be implanted in the body to measure pressure inside the heart or lungs to monitor if there is fluid accumulation,” says Dr. Robert O. Bonow, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, adding, “early warnings signs, before a heart-failure patient notices he or she is having chest pains or shortness of breath, could trigger an alarm.”
“'It is better to monitor yourself when you are healthy.'”
Recently introduced hand-held electrocardiogram (EKG) monitors are gaining traction to allow for anyone to get their EKG results from home, according to Dr. Robert Baker, a cardiologist with Nevada Cardiology Associates. He cites this is important for those over the age of 40, as there is a 1 in 4 lifetime risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AFib), a major stroke risk. Knowing when the heart goes out of rhythm can allow AFib patients to take new, as-needed drugs to prevent a stroke.
Moreover, the new readers are suited not only for those who have suffered a cardiac event or stroke, but health-conscious people or those with a family history who want stay on top of their heart health.
“It is better to monitor yourself when you are healthy,” explains Etienne Grima, CEO of CardioComm Solutions, Inc. “You can then be proactive if anything goes off target.” Grima describes a future medical wellness market with devices that “will kick it up a gear,” allowing people to be the best advocates for their own health.