According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Healthcare providers, medical device engineers, and innovators are always looking for ways to improve outcomes for cardiovascular disease patients.
One of the reasons the cardiovascular disease is so difficult to manage is because providers struggle to diagnose and monitor cardiovascular health. Wearable medical devices have a lot of potential to bridge the gap and have already made significant progress.
The Role of Wearable Medical Devices for Heart Patients
Activity and fitness trackers were a gateway into monitoring cardiovascular health. These lightweight and easy-to-wear trackers worn as watches, clip ons, or chest straps provide ongoing monitoring of cardiac activity levels. These trackers have evolved into wearable medical devices with the ability to continuously monitor heart rhythm, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Because these trackers maintained their easy-to-wear and discrete appearance, they are able to continue monitoring patients as they go throughout their day-to-day. This type of monitoring provides healthcare providers with more data to accurately and timely diagnose any potential cardiovascular health concerns.
Historically, cardiac patients who are discharged from a hospital are given bulk heart monitoring equipment and must periodically run diagnostic tests on themselves. Patient adherence for using this type of equipment is never the highest and can be disruptive for patients hoping to return to their everyday lives.
With the introduction of cardiac wearable devices that include electrocardiography and heart activity monitoring, patients are not dependent on carrying equipment and have more freedom to resume their lives and perform these tests quickly and discretely with the added benefit of continuous monitoring.
Future of Cardiovascular Wearable Medical Devices
The benefits of wearable medical devices in improving cardiovascular disease outcomes extend beyond post-operative management. Innovators are focused on identifying cardiovascular data parameters that can be monitored to provide meaningful action. Currently, medical device companies are developing products like wearable cardioverter defibrillators for patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
This type of monitoring would provide patients a way to monitor their heart rhythm and alert the patient about any life-threatening abnormal heart activity. If needed, the patient can take action and treat themselves, or the device can provide an electrical shock for an unconscious patient. This type of technology is life-saving because it can treat an unconscious patient.
The ability to continuously collect patient data is one of the biggest benefits that wearable medical devices bring to the cardiac space. The main hurdle for providers and patients is collecting meaningful data and visualizing that data to make early and informed medical decisions. The cardiac wearable medical device space is rapidly growing and changing to better serve the patient’s needs.
Wearable Cardiovascular Device Design and Development with DeviceLab
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