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|November 4, 2010 09:01 AM EDT||
Heart failure exacerbation is a potentially life-threatening condition which frequently manifests as shortness of breath, or "dyspnea." In 2006, over 3 million visits to hospital emergency departments were for a chief complaint of shortness of breath. In addition to heart failure, shortness of breath is associated with a variety of other diagnoses involving the lungs, heart and other organs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, metabolic and psychiatric conditions. Early, correct diagnosis and management is key to improve outcomes while relieving heavy patient burdens in hospital emergency departments.
In this study, the Cheetah Medical NICOM(R) Noninvasive Cardiac Output & Hemodynamic Monitoring System was able to distinguish heart failure patients from patients diagnosed with COPD, asthma and dyspnea for other reasons. This US FDA-cleared, fully non-invasive bedside test utilizes a set of four sensors applied on the patient's chest or back. In this study, the system was used to monitor patients' hemodynamics around a change in patient position, also known as "orthostatic challenge". The NICOM system captured the markedly different hemodynamic response of heart failure patents as compared to the other causes of dyspnea and to accurately differentiate between heart failure and other conditions.
Rakesh Engineer, MD, FACEP, Discipline Leader, Emergency &
Undifferentiated Care at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and
the study's Primary Investigator, said: "Acute heart failure affects 5.8
million Americans per year, with costs exceeding
About Acute Heart Failure and Its Diagnosis in the Emergency Department
Emergency department (ED) visits for symptoms related to heart
failure are very common, responsible for about 5% of annual visits to the ED
in the US. Determining the most accurate early diagnosis of heart failure
remains a clinical challenge. The best currently available diagnostic
laboratory tests and clinical decision-making in the emergency department
yield a diagnostic accuracy for acute heart failure of about 80%. Acute heart
failure requires rapid diagnosis and management as it is associated with
significant near-term mortality and high healthcare costs. There are over one
million annual hospital admissions for heart failure in the U.S. alone, with
total national hospital costs exceeding
About Cheetah Medical
Cheetah Medical's NICOM(R) Noninvasive Cardiac Output and Hemodynamic
Monitoring System uses the company's proprietary BIOREACTANCE(R) Technology
to deliver continuous, accurate, noninvasive cardiac output (CO) and other
vital hemodynamic monitoring parameters, useful for fluid management and drug
titration. The system is US FDA cleared and CE Marked, and since its
commercial launch in 2008 has been adopted by a growing number of clinicians
worldwide. Cheetah Medical headquarters is located in
For More Information Contact: Yoav Avidor, MD Chief Executive Officer Cheetah Medical [email protected] Telephone: +972-3-644-0288
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