Radar Vest For Congestive Heart Failure

Radar Vest For Congestive Heart Failure

January 6, 2020 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


POTENTIAL GOOD NEWS FOR THE NEARLY 6 MILLION AMERICANS WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE. THOSE PATIENTS ARE OFTEN IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE OF THE LUNGS FILLING WITH FLUID. NOW, CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ SAYS A NEW DEVICE A RADAR VEST COULD PREVENT A LOT OF THOSE HOSPITAL STAYS. THEY STARTED IT ON YOU, RIGHT? JUST THREE MONTHS AGO 59- YEAR-OLD KENNY MacINTYRE HAD NO IDEA THERE WAS ANYTHING WRONG WITH HIS HEART. ONE DAY I JUST DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT. AND I WOKE UP THE NEXT DAY AND THE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. AND THAT’S WHEN THEY TOLD ME DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE? Reporter: DOCTORS DRAINED 60 POUNDS OF WATER WEIGHT FROM KENNY AND A FEW WEEKS LATER HE WAS BACK IN THE HOSPITAL WITH ANOTHER 60 POUNDS REMOVED. FLUID BUILD-UP IS A SYMPTOM OF HEART FAILURE THAT OFTEN LANDS PATIENTS IN THE HOSPITAL. THE KEY TO PREVENTING HOSPITALIZATION IS TO CATCH THAT BUILD-UP BEFORE IT BECOMES SERIOUS. THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY WHERE WE WAITED UNTIL PATIENTS WERE MORE SYMPTOMATIC AND SICKER NOW WE CAN HEAD THIS OFF BEFORE PATIENTS EVEN KNOW THAT THEY ARE GETTING WORSE. Reporter: THEY ARE DOING IT WITH THIS, A VEST THAT USE RADAR TECHNOLOGY TO SEE THROUGH THE CHEST AND TRACK THE AMOUNT OF FLUID IN THE LUNGS. PATIENTS PUT IT ON AND CONNECT IT TO A TABLET FOR 90 SECONDS EACH DAY. THE PATIENT’S FLUID READINGS ARE THEN UPLOADED FOR A CARDIOLOGIST TO REVIEW. THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER IS LEADING A NATIONAL RANDOMIZED TRIAL TO SEE HOW EFFECTIVE THE VEST IS AT KEEPING PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. IN THE SMALLER STUDY, READMISSIONS WERE CUT BY 87% IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF USE. THE CLINICIAN CAN USE THAT MEASUREMENT OF LUNG WETNESS OR DRYNESS TO TITRATE TO CHANGE MEDICATION DOSES TO KEEP PATIENTS IN A HEALTHY STATE AND TO REDUCE THEIR RISK OF HEART FAILURE HOSPITALIZATION. Reporter: IT’S TECHNOLOGY THAT KENNY SAYS ISN’T JUST KEEPING HIM OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, BUT MAY HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE. WHO KNOWS HOW IF THEY DID HAVE ALL THIS WOULD IT BE — WOULD I BE SITTING HERE RIGHT NOW. Reporter: NORMALLY HEART FAILURE PATIENTS HAVE TO WEIGH THEMSELVES EVERY MORNING TO CHECK FOR FLUID BUILD-UP. THAT’S OBVIOUSLY LESS SENSITIVE THAN THE VEST. THE TECHNOLOGY USED IN THE VEST IS A MINIATURIZED VERSION OF WHAT THE MILITARY USES LIKE SEARCHING FOR SURVIVORS THROUGH RUBBLE. IT’S INTERESTING. HEART FAILURE IS THE FASTEST GROWING TYPE OF HEART DISEASE. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SURVIVING HEART ATTACKS WITH DAMAGED HEARTS SO LITTLE BY LITTLE