In this medical video learn how doctors are studying a new device that combines two of the latest heart technologies.
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Jennifer Matthews: Charles Williams has been playing bass guitar since he was 6. But not long ago, heart trouble brought his music to a halt. Charles Williams: On stage, I just absolutely gave up on it. I had no energy. Jennifer Matthews: At 46, Charles suffered his second heart attack in four years. Charles Williams: My lower value, left ventricle was only pumping 15 percent. Jennifer Matthews: So Doctors offered Williams a brand new device that's a combination defibrillator and congestive heart failure monitor all in one. Dr. Eugene Chung: Those who need the defibrillator are usually the ones that need heart failure monitoring. Jennifer Matthews: The device has wires that shock the heart if the rhythm is off -- what a defibrillator normally does. It also relays vital data, just like an implanted heart monitor. Dr. Eugene Chung: We can monitor pressures inside your heart and pressures inside your lungs, which actually tells us a lot about how you're doing. Jennifer Matthews: Charles has a transmitter that connects to a phone line to send data to Dr. Chung's computer or PDA. Dr. Eugene Chung: The patient is able to send this data to us anytime they want or we want. Jennifer Matthews: Then doctors can adjust medications and perhaps avoid further problems. Meanwhile, Charles says he's feeling much better just strumming along. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.