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New technology helps diagnose heart failure

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. Almost 25 percent of deaths are caused by heart disease. Most people in Houston know someone with heart disease. It is important to diagnose heart disease in a timely manner so that it is treatable and to not have a patient suffer from a delayed diagnosis. A new medical device helps doctors diagnose and treat their patients with heart disease.

The Cardio MEMS HF System is a device that helps doctors monitor heart disease and catch symptoms of it worsening early on. The device is placed in the patient's pulmonary artery and alerts the doctor if there is a rise of blood pressure in the lungs. Patients take a reading each day, which is sent to their doctor to review. If there is anything out of the ordinary, patients must go in for additional testing. The device has been shown to improve quality of life, reduce hospitals readmissions and may even improve life expectancy.

People who have heart disease have many medical options if it is caught early. It is important for doctors to recognize the signs and symptoms of heart disease and provide prompt treatment. If there is a failure to diagnose heart disease, a patient can suffer from a worsened condition or even death. Patients who believe their heart disease was missed by their doctor may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Although heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, there are ways to improve quality of life. Doctors who do not diagnose a patient's heart disease should be held responsible for their negligence and harmed patients should understand the recourses available to them.

Source: kfyrtv.com, "New medical technology helps to diagnose signs, symptoms of heart failure", Anthony Humes, Nov. 22, 2016

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