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Toilet seat to detect heart failure

A revolutionary product is making it easier for hospitals to monitor patients with congestive heart failure in the comfort of their own homes.

A toilet-seat based cardiovascular monitoring system created by a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers, aims to lower the hospital readmission rates of patients with congestive heart failure.

The toilet seats would be purchased by hospitals and issued to heart failure patients after discharge.

The toilet seats are equipped to measure the electrical and mechanical activity of the heart, and can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation levels, and the patient’s weight and stroke volume, which is the amount of blood pumped out of the heart at every beat.

Algorithms analyse the data, and with further development, will alert advanced practice providers of a deteriorating condition. A report will be passed along to cardiologists who will then determine if intervention is necessary.

You can read more about the research behind the project here.


Hmmmm that will help getting to the bottom of things!!