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New toilet seat to monitor heart health

The Rochester Institute of Technology in the US have developed a toilet seat that is capable of monitor the patient’s heart health. Able to monitor blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rate – as well as the different types of activity on the heart – the device is said to be able to help patients monitor signs for heart failures, strokes and weight. 

As a result, patients are able to determine whether or not hospital admission is necessary, and detect symptoms and signs of a condition before the patient has begun noticing. Therefore, healthcare systems will be more likely to treat the condition as early as possible, and thus has have a better chance to treating it. 

“Typically, within 30 days of hospital discharge, 25 per cent of patients with congestive heart failure are readmitted,” said Nicholas Conn, a postdoctoral fellow at RIT and founder and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence.

“After 90 days of hospital discharge, 45 per cent of patients are readmitted. And the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is penalising hospitals for readmitting patients for heart failure.”

To find out more: The Engineer

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March 22, 2019

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