A microcomputer to save from heart failure

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A microcomputer to save from heart failure

A wireless microcomputer implanted in the heart could save many patients from heart failure: it should continuously monitor heart failure and in this way help doctor and patient to better manage the disease. The V microcomputer was developed by the Vectorius company.

Filippo Crea, director of Cardiology at the Gemelli Irccs University Polyclinic Foundation, explained the operation and the project: "Many patients have severe heart failure and must be hospitalized repeatedly. Therefore, continuous monitoring of the disease like that with a system of this kind , a wireless microcomputer, could help reduce hospitalizations and complications.

It is not possible to carry out this measure in any other way, except with a cardiac catheterization intervention. In this case a catheter is inserted which is then immediately removed and therefore does not allow a repeated monitoring of the intervention, which is even more complicated in the Covid-19 era.

The idea is that with this data, which can be collected and sent via wi-fi even every day, the specialist can always have an updated photograph of the degree of heart failure of the patient. " Crea then added: "Patient and intervene early by changing the therapy, if the values ​​show anomalies Repeated adjustments serve to reduce symptoms and side effects related to therapies that can then worsen the condition.

Ultimately, the goal is to avoid that the person, who is not treated adequately, goes into hospitalization and major damage. The microcomputer does not run on batteries and is recharged from the outside, without the need for new interventions, so it has an unlimited duration.

After the implant, the patient just needs to wear a belt around the chest to have the measurement and share the data wirelessly with their doctor. We are still at the beginning of the experiment, which has provided promising first data.

For now, the results of patients in Italy and around the world allow us to affirm that the approach is safe. The next step is to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. After one year, the patient showed that he tolerated the device well and was not hospitalized for heart failure during this period.

We will continue to monitor him to better understand the impact of the microcomputer on his heart health. We now have a third implant planned, which will take place at Gemelli in the second week of August 2020."

What's the right age to have a smartphone?

There is no right age to have a cell phone.

In principle, the idea is to give the mobile phone no earlier than 13 years. Much, however, depends on the boy's cognitive and emotional maturity. Technology has given a great hand to stay in touch with those who could not attend during lockdowns around the world, but has worked on the emotions of the moment.

It didn't help cultivate the feeling, which is what really binds us to another person. It is what allows us to put ourselves in his shoes, to understand the deeper reasons of the other, even if we do not share them. All that is mediated by a screen, in short, does not allow us to get in deep harmony with those who are beyond the screen.

It can help, but it is not the glue of an empathic bond. How to avoid mobile addictions then? It is not easy today that it is such a popular tool. First of all, let's get informed. We keep dialogue with the kids active, we ask them what they do in their online and offline life.

We remain curious, interact, cultivate common interests and never tire of playing, or inventing activities together. Addiction begins to come when the cell phone is more interesting than the outside world. We activate parental control, we try to explain to him what sexting, cyberbullying, and other frequent dangers that you can run into on the net are. Knowledge always helps.