Background 2: Telemedical Solutions in Cardiac Diagnostics

Background 2: Telemedical Solutions in Cardiac Diagnostics

Piotr Augustyniak (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland) and Ryszard Tadeusiewicz (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 38
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-080-6.ch003
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This chapter presents basic facts about the social impact and frequency of cardiovascular diseases in aging societies. Being the primary cause of mortality in developed countries, cardiovascular abnormalities receive the most of the attention in the medical world. The problem is particularly observed in developed countries with a significantly longer life expectancy (Japan, Canada) and leading in healthcare organization and research. Also considering the acuteness of a typical cardiac failure gives proper attention to why cardiology is given so much importance in the treatment of life-threatening situations. Making progress in cardiac diagnosis and treatment, including modern and wide-range surveillance, is potentially beneficial to whole societies and countries. It also influences both life length and comfort, which are today among the most appreciated of human values.
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Cardiovascular Diseases As A Civilization Issue

As is commonly known, cardiovascular diseases are life-threatening. Virtually all diseases could be life-threatening, but analyzing the background of that belief, we found two major foundations:

  • Cardiovascular diseases are very common in our society. Everyday life brings us into contact with cardiac-disabled people, and the common awareness about the importance of cardiac failure is fairly high. Unfortunately this awareness does not influence the lifestyle of the people potentially exposed to danger (e.g., genetic preconditions, diet, stress).

  • Cardiovascular diseases may develop silently and manifest their symptoms as an emergencyemergency. The sudden cardiac arrest and consequent complete impairment of blood transportation function causes irreversible mortal changes in cells in the first two minutes. Therefore every rescue action must be undertaken promptly in such cases.

Many diseases and also the aftermath of accidents meet one of the criteria above. Because cardiovascular diseases meet both of these criteria, their common reception is very serious.

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