Typically, in cases of pediatric heart failure, which is congenital, surgical interventions are performed at birth. However, over time signs and symptoms of heart failure resurface in these children. Since pediatric heart failure arises from a plethora of manifestations, an improved understanding of the long-term changes in underlying hemodynamics as well as sustained monitoring of patients at home is an important problem. Wearable devices that can accurately acquire cardiac parameters non-invasively at home may address this important need.
The existing wearable patch hardware that our lab has developed and verified in adult patients with heart failure is capable of providing signals and signal features associated with clinical status for these patients. Similarly, this new device may pave the way for monitoring heart failure in children at home, providing a combination of electrical and mechanical modalities of cardiovascular monitoring.
APDC funds will be used for designing and modeling (i.e., CAD) the wearable patch hardware for monitoring the electrical and mechanical aspects of cardiovascular function in pediatric populations, and improving the understanding of patient and physician needs for this important problem.