Predictive sensors help prevent heart failure

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With more than one in five patients being readmitted to hospital within a month of their initial heart failure, preventative measures could greatly benefit both patients and healthcare providers. Scientists led by Penn State’s College of Medicine retrofitted defibrillators with a software and sensor system, called HeartLogic, that tracked heart activity including breathing, heart rate and electrical activity in the chest. The sensors were incredibly successful, predicting 70 percent of heart failures up to a month before they occurred, far more than the 40 percent prediction rate the scientists were hoping for. Despite false positives occurring, the number was within…

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