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Panasonic Unveils CardioHealth® Station at American Heart Association 2010
Date:11/15/2010

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic announced today that the company will showcase its new innovative tool for personalized preventive medicine, the CardioHealth® Station, at booth number 1831 at the 2010 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions to be held in Chicago from November 14 – November 17. The CardioHealth® Station, Panasonic's flagship healthcare product, will be on display and demonstrated on the show floor. The CardioHealth® Station is designed to assist medical professionals in making a quick and valuable assessment of cardiovascular health and is expected to launch in North America pending FDA action.

The CardioHealth® Station has a built-in portable ultrasound system optimized to perform a non-invasive examination of the carotid arteries. It provides an automated real-time measurement of the intima-media thickness (IMT) and allows the user to search for arterial plaques. Moreover, the touch-screen keyboard allows the user to input various parameters related to traditional cardiovascular risk factors. A built in calculator provides risk scores commonly used in a variety of medical environments (Framingham Risk Score, PROCAM Health Check Score, Reynolds Risk Score, Risk score based on the SCORE Project). This information is supplemented with an IMT measurement of the artery to generate a comprehensive report to aid the physician in assessing cardiovascular risk.

Recently published studies sponsored by the US National Institute of Health (ARIC and MESA)*(1) have shown that there is valuable information revealed in the assessment of vascular health, and the risks of a cardiovascular event associated with those assessments. The ARIC*(2) study, a 15-year multi-institution study, revealed that certain patients can be reclassified from "Low or Intermediate Risk" to "High Risk" by looking at the carotid-intima media thickness and the presence of plaque in the patient. Panasonic developed CardioHealt
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