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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

ization therapy and unmasks exercise-induced changes in pulmonary vasculature. Patients can take the test with minimal exertion on a low-grade, low-intensity treadmill or step stool.

Dr. Licht uses his Shape-HF to measure patients with a variety of heart and lung ailments including heart failure, heart shunts, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension, and even a double lung transplant.

He recently saw a patient who was concerned about shortness of breath and sleep apnea. The patient had lost a significant amount of weight a year ago and currently weighs over 300 pounds. "Some might conclude that this patient needs to lose more weight before running any tests," said Dr. Licht. "When he concluded the Shape-HF test, we learned he had underlying problems related to cardiopulmonary hypertension, a serious health concern and something that may have been overlooked."

The Shape-HF results correlate to the New York Heart Association Classification values and because the test is easy to conduct, for both the patient and the physician, tests can be conducted regularly to track a patient's progress and assess patient risk for a cardiac event or hospitalization. "This device let's me see what cardiopulmonary shape my patients are in so I can accurately treat them and keep them from being readmitted to the hospital," said Dr. Licht. "This Shape-HF test is the right technology at the right time."

About Apex Heart Care
After 14 years of practicing non-invasive, invasive, and interventional cardiology, Dr. Licht now devotes 100% of his practice to perfecting office-based cardiology. He received his Osteopathic Medical Degree from the New York School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986 and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiac fellowship in 1993. Dr. Licht writes a blog called It's About Your Heart and is well-connected to the interventional, electrophysiologic, and ho
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