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Cheetah Medical's NICOM(R) System for Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring Found to be an Effective Tool for Identification of Acute Heart Failure in the Emergency Department
Date:11/4/2010

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Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find That NICOM (R) Technology Provides a Quick Noninvasive Tool to Help Diagnose Acute Heart Failure in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Shortness of Breath

TEL AVIV, Israel, November 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A study performed by investigators from the Emergency Department of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation finds that Cheetah Medical's NICOM system is effective in identification of acute heart failure (AHF) and in differentiating it from other acute situations with similar clinical presentations. The study was published last week in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Heart failure exacerbation is a potentially life-threatening condition which frequently manifests as shortness of breath, or "dyspnea." In 2006, over 3 million visits to hospital emergency departments were for a chief complaint of shortness of breath. In addition to heart failure, shortness of breath is associated with a variety of other diagnoses involving the lungs, heart and other organs, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, metabolic and psychiatric conditions. Early, correct diagnosis and management is key to improve outcomes while relieving heavy patient burdens in hospital emergency departments.

In this study, the Cheetah Medical NICOM(R) Noninvasive Cardiac Output & Hemodynamic Monitoring System was able to distinguish heart failure patients from patients diagnosed with COPD, asthma and dyspnea for other reasons. This US FDA-cleared, fully non-invasive bedside test utilizes a set
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