Worse, our healthcare system sets patients with heart failure up to, well, fail. We don't tend to intervene until a patient has already developed symptoms, when it may be too late to prevent a trip to the hospital.
We must change the way we think about and treat heart failure. Fortunately, new technology can monitor at-risk patients around the clock. That enables doctors to anticipate heart problems early and adjust treatments before a health crisis occurs. Deploying that technology more widely would improve countless lives -- and save money.
Over 6 million Americans suffer from heart failure. They're severely limited in their daily lives -- often fatigued and short of breath. They may retain fluid, be unable to exercise, or have an abnormal heart beat.
Frequent trips to the hospital are common. One-quarter of patients are readmitted within a month after their first visit. Half go back within 6 months.
Heart failure is costly, too.Read more at The Washington Examiner