Every year more than one million people are rushed to the hospital suffering from heart failure. Now, a sensor the size of a paper clip may lower that number and change the way doctors treat the disease.
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Walter Pieschel: That’s good. Melissa Medley: It’s a special day when a grandpa shares his favorite hobby with his granddaughter. Walter Pieschel: Be careful on the weeds sweetheart. Melissa Medley: Walter Pieschel didn’t think he’d get this chance. Walter Pieschel: I went into a sudden cardiac arrest on four different occasions. Melissa Medley: Weight gain is the most obvious sign of heart failure, when heart slow down, fluid builds up. Doctor says the scale was the best diagnostic tool until now. This sensor about the size of a paper clip could be a new way to manage heart failure. Ayesha Hasan: This is the pressure centre that we deploy in the pulmonary artery. Melissa Medley: It detects fluid build up. Each day patients lay in a special mat with sensors that read fluid levels. It transmits the results back to the doctors. Ayesha Hasan: We log in to the system and you can look at the pressures for that day, you can look at the trend. I get an email everyday and you can make adjustments. Melissa Medley: Turning the sensor into a daily doctor’s check up without leaving the house. Walter Pieschel: I got that confidence level back because I know somebody is watching over me. Melissa Medley: Doctors called Walter ten times over the two year trial alerting him to fluid building in his lungs. Instead of being admitted, he took medication and turned his attention back to his granddaughter. Walter Pieschel: Good, she’s got her own tackle box and her own rod and reel now and she is going to be a fisherman. Female: Fisher girl! Melissa Medley: And you can bet Walter will be by this fisher girl’s side to see her reel in the big one. Walter Pieschel: I know there's some big fish out there. Melissa Medley: I'm Melissa Medley reporting.

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