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Apex Heart Care, First Arizona Clinic to Install Shape-HF; New Medical Device Measures Patient Physiology to Define Shortness of Breath
Date:2/23/2010

"In cardiology, doctors have relied on chest x-rays, stress tests, CAT scans and MRIs," said Dr. Myron Licht, Apex Heart Care. "Using the Shape-HF is the next logical step, or paradigm shift, in better understanding heart failure and cardiopulmonary disease because it provides objective information--primal physiology markers--about a patient's condition."

(PRWEB) -- "Shortness of breath is a fear of most patients and it's what brings them to see me initially," said Dr. Myron Licht, a double board certified, interventionally trained cardiologist practicing in Arizona since 1993. Physicians know that shortness of breath, or dypsnea, is complex and can arise from a number of anatomical and physiological causes.

According to Dr. Licht, defining the specific cause is now more simple because of a new medical device available at the Apex Heart Care clinic. That device is called the Shape-HF and it measures a patient's physiology in an easy, six-minute test that helps physicians identify the predominant source of shortness of breath, primarily the heart or lungs.
   
"In cardiology, doctors have relied on chest x-rays, stress tests, CAT scans and MRIs," said Dr. Licht. "Using the Shape-HF is the next logical step, or paradigm shift, in better understanding heart failure and cardiopulmonary disease because it provides objective information--primal physiology markers--about a patient's condition."
   
In addition to defining a patient's physiological limitation, the Shape-HF also measures responses to pharmacotherapy and cardiac resynchron
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