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Panasonic launches new technology to monitor heart health

Panasonic has unveiled its new CardioHealth Station, a tool for personalized preventive medicine, at the 2010 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Panasonic’s flagship healthcare product, the CardioHealth Station is designed to assist medical professionals in making a quick and valuable assessment of cardiovascular health and is expected to launch in North America pending FDA action. The CardioHealth Station has a built-in portable ultrasound system optimized to perform a non-invasive examination of the carotid arteries. It provides an automated real-time measurement of the intima-media thickness (IMT) and allows the user to search for arterial plaques. Moreover, the touch-screen keyboard allows the user to input various parameters related to traditional cardiovascular risk factors. A built-in calculator provides risk scores commonly used in a variety of medical environments (Framingham Risk Score, PROCAM Health Check Score, Reynolds Risk Score, Risk score based on the SCORE Project). This information is supplemented with an IMT measurement of the artery to generate a comprehensive report to aid the physician in assessing cardiovascular risk. Panasonic developed CardioHealth Station to enable rapid detection of thick carotid arteries. The carotid artery is the blood vessel branch that goes from the heart up the neck, and provides blood to the front of the face and the brain. What once used to be difficult and impractical to do on a mass basis is now made possible by the innovative automation technology loaded as standard in the CardioHealth Station.

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