New technology can identify in advance an increased risk of heart failure and predict the need for hospitalization. This is made possible by the HeartInsight system and a new mobile app in which patients with a heart implant record their symptoms as soon as they feel them. The paper was told by cardiologists Miloš Táborský and Marián Fedorco from the University Hospital Olomouc at a press conference in Prague on 1.8.2023.
Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalizations, and each hospitalization reflects the patient’s worsening prognosis. In the adult population, the prevalence of heart failure is 1-2% of adults and increases with age. From about 1% for those under 55 to over 10% for those aged 70 and over.
In the application, people with heart disease who have a heart implant from Biotronik can record their symptoms and find information about their implant and the evolution of their heart rate over time. In turn, the doctor can contact the patient via the app if necessary. Data from the application is moved to a system that can identify an increased risk of heart failure in advance and can predict the need for hospitalization of a patient for up to 42 days in advance.
“The advantage of HeartInsight technology lies, among other things, in providing doctors with a low rate of false alerts, displaying all data in one clear control panel and being able to alert them in a timely manner to worsening symptoms of heart failure even before patients report them to us,” said Czech Society of Cardiology committee member and senior lecturer in the First Internal Clinic of the Medical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc and The University Hospital Of Olomouc, Miloš Táborský.
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot provide adequate oxygenated blood to the body’s organs. It can be caused by heart damage following a heart attack, or by untreated high blood pressure. The main symptoms are shortness of breath, tiredness and swelling, other symptoms are cough, loss of appetite, nausea and rapid heartbeat.
Cardiac collapse is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation and the risk of failure increases with age. It is one of the leading causes of death in the Czech Republic. Last year, according to the Czech Statistical Office, 7300 people were killed out of a total of 120,219 who died.