A smart device for the detection of lung fluid congestion
Heart failure (HF) causes lung fluid congestion and pulmonary oedema due to the reduced cardiac pumping ability. The diagnosis of lung fluid congestion is often inaccurate, and the condition can only be detected at an advanced stage, leading to deterioration and hospitalisation. The EU-funded EGM project will conduct a feasibility study to introduce to the market a non-invasive system that enables the easy and accurate monitoring of lung fluid accumulation. Early testing indicates that the device - two sets of electrodes embedded inside a wearable vest operating on a specialised software platform - is 98 % accurate and 25-fold more sensitive compared with existing techniques. Moreover, it is cost-effective and has the potential to improve the clinical outcome of HF.
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