The latest information given by the Center for Disease Control suggests that as a nation we continue to lose the battle against heart disease. In fact, 25% of all fatalities taking place in America is attributed to heart disease.
The horrors of heart disease in the United States has been well-chronicled but what is not as well-known is that many of the deaths resulting from disease of the heart are not due to heart attacks.
Heart failure is an affliction that prohibits the heart from properly pumping blood throughout the body. The American Heart Association reports that nearly six million American citizens suffer from this disorder. The CDC also reports that the number of Americans stricken with heart failure is expected to rise to eight million people by 2030.
One reason for this rise in heart failure patients is that more people in the country are surviving heart attacks and at times develop heart failure as a result. A second factor is that America as a nation of people is getting older and heart failure is a progressive ailment that is more prevalent in the elderly. A final factor is the rising obesity and diabetes rate in the nation.
The rate of survival for heart failure patients is grim. Rami Kahwash, a cardiologist at Ohio State University, explains that 50% of individuals diagnosed with heart failure succumb to the disorder within five years. Kawash continues to explain that these numbers make heart failure perhaps the most serious ailment in the country save for perhaps lung cancer. The doctor also explains that it is quite possible that modern medicine has reached the limit of aid that can be given with medication.
Recent technological advances have provided the innovation to produce devices that have the ability to prolong the lives of patients diagnosed with heart failure.
One such product, the SensiVest, was developed by researchers with Sensible Medical and is a vest that patients don outside of their normal clothing that makes use of radar technology to provide early detection of fluid buildup in the lungs. The buildup is common when the heart is not properly pumping blood. The problem starts on average about a week before the first symptoms are realized by the patient so the early detection the vest gives is of extreme value.
Robotics and completely artificial hearts, things that once were possible only in science fiction movies, is now being used to treat patients and the advancements that are being made is rapid in nature.