COLUMBUS, Ohio – Doctors at Ohio State University’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital are testing a vest created by Sensible Medical, a company that creates medical radar monitoring and imaging technology, that detects a heart attack.
The SensiVest uses technology that was first used by the military and rescue teams to see through walls and rubble in collapsed buildings.
“The technology has been miniaturized and put into a form that allows the radar to go through the chest wall and get an accurate measurement of water inside the lungs,” said Dr. William Abraham, director of the cardiovascular medicine division at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, in a statement.
Doctors are testing the vest in a national clinical trial at approximately 40 sites across the country; participants in the trial will also use a lung fluid monitor to take daily readings at home.
“We can use that data to see when the lungs are trending toward being too wet and make adjustments to the medication on an outpatient basis or over the phone,” said Dr. Rami Kahwash, site leader for the trial at Ohio State, in a statement. “The goal is to keep the patient within a normal range, feeling well and out of the hospital.”
A smaller observational study conducted previously compared hospitalizations before and after using the vest. That study showed an 87% reduction in heart failure hospitalizations with vest lung fluid monitoring.
Patients in the current trial will be followed for up to nine months.