Monitoring Hearts From Far Away
Reported August 24, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ivanhoe Newswire) --
Here are some cold heart facts: Our heart is the size of two fists. It's
about 78 percent water and beats about 100,000 times a day. If it beats a
lot more than that -- or a lot less -- you could be suffering from a
condition called atrial fibrillation and not even know it until you end up
in the hospital. Doctors found a way to monitor patients hearts from miles
While Max Bucey takes it easy, his heart could
"I had some sensations above my left side,
some flashes," Bucey told Ivanhoe. "I got in the car. I kept going straight.
Apparently, I passed out. I was on the wrong side of the road and I hit a
Bucey suffered a stroke. Months later, doctors want to know what caused it.
He was the first person in the United States to have a new tracking device
implanted in his chest.
"I didn't realize I was the first," Bucey said.
"We're really doing this study to prevent the recurrence of stroke," Mahmoud
Houmsse, M.D., an electrophysiologist at The Ohio State University Medical
Center in Columbus, Ohio, told Ivanhoe.
Doctors at The Ohio Sate University Medical
Center implanted a monitoring device near Bucey's heart to alert them when
it's speeding up or slowing down.
"It has a sensor, and it senses the heart rhythm and sends that wirelessly
to base, collecting data, and also to hand-held devices," Dr. Houmsse
Learning what caused Bucey's stroke will help reduce the risk of suffering
another one. For now, Bucey is watching his diet and cutting back on salt.
"In the last five weeks, I've lost 26 pounds," he said.
Taking his heart health into his own hands.
One of the leading causes of stroke is atrial fibrillation. That's when the
heart speeds up or slows downs to the point where clots can form. This
monitor has been very successful at detecting the ocndition and helping
patients avoid a second stroke. There are no restrictions on how far a
patient can travel with the device.
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