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New device monitors the heart in real-time

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Barbara Organ is no stranger to hospitals. The 68-year-old has survived seven heart attacks.

What brings her back to the doctor these days is checkups. She now has a tiny device to monitor her heart. It’s a wire with a sensor attached directly to her ticker.

“They were telling me how it was going to work, and how it would help me, and keep me out of the hospital and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s try it.’” Organ said.

Her heart monitor is part of a clinical trial going on at the Seton Heart Institute. A hand held device reads the sensor, allowing patients to keep tabs on their own heart.

“Therefore, it can tell me, ‘Take this medication, don’t take this medication,’” Organ said.

The doctor can keep tabs on Organ’s heart too. Before now, it was anybody's guess if the patient was getting the right medications at the right time.

Seton plans to enroll hundreds of people in the study. For more information on the monitoring device, click here.

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