Can a vest help manage heart failure from home?
In a short three-month span, 59-year-old Kenny McIntyre of Columbus, Ohio, was in and out of the hospital twice. Diagnosed with heart failure he had several pounds of fluid removed each time. His condition means his heart doesn’t keep up with his body’s demands and fluid builds up.
So Abraham is leading a national, randomized clinical trial to see if the vest made by Sensible Medical can effectively monitor fluid levels and help heart failure patients live better, away from the hospital and doctor’s office.
The vest has radar technology that was first used by the military and rescue teams to see through walls and rubble.
Now, patients slip on the vest over their clothing, lie down and push a button to get a reading. About 90 seconds later, the data goes to a secure server where the patient’s doctor or nurse can catch any trending changes and tell the patient to adjust their medication, if it’s needed.
UPDATE: As of 1/8/18, this trial is no longer accepting participants at Ohio State.