Friday, February 11, 2011

Long-distance heartbeats: digital stethoscopes connect cardiac cases (Canada)

Heart patients in several Alberta communities can now be examined by cardiac specialists using digital stethoscopes. The technology allows doctors at the Mazankowski Heart Institute in Edmonton to hear heart and lung sounds on the Internet while they talk to patients via a video link. Dr. Lucille Lalonde, one of the institute's cardiologists, says hearing the heart and lungs can help determine if a patient needs immediate care. She says it's a quick way to connect with someone who may otherwise have to travel to Edmonton from hundreds of kilometres away. Digital stethoscopes are currently being used in Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, Edson and High Level. It's expect Fort McMurray will come online soon" - Winnipeg Free Press

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