Use of technology would improve cardiovascular diagnosis and treatment in Puerto Rico

Technology and data are essential to address challenges before, during and after treatment.

Dr. Héctor Martínez, Director of the Department of Cardiology at the Mayagüez Medical Center and Dr. Edmundo Jordán, president of the Puerto Rican Society of Cardiology. Photos: Provided by doctors Martínez and Jordán to the Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

“Technological advances can help corporations select, prioritize and treat patients on the spot with the right treatment, thereby reducing the burden on patients, healthcare professionals and systems,” said Dr. Nick. West, Medical Director and Divisional Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Vascular Division at Abbott, who together with a team of doctors from Puerto Rico and from 8 other countries advance research spaces that allow advances in improvements for patients.

According to the Beyond Intervention research, led by Abbott, the implementation of technologies can provide more accurate diagnoses and more efficient treatments to improve the current state of vascular health, as well as modify the perception that doctors and patients have of these tools, as well as the information they provide for the treatment of your health.

“This research found how physicians and health care managers can improve patient care, as well as begin to appropriately use information and technology to enable more accurate diagnoses, implement shared decision-making, and determine better treatment strategies for ensure the best possible clinical outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Nick West.

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Cardiovascular disease continues to be the main cause of death at worldwide, with around 18 million deaths a year.

In Puerto Rico, these conditions are among the main causes of death and information published by the journal Medicine and Public Health points out that Puerto Rico leads the list with a high incidence in “diabetes, smoking and overweight”, which influence the development of conditions such as hypertension or high cholesterol levels, which can become possible triggers of cardiovascular diseases. In this context, new technologies are required to face these conditions, since 80% of deaths related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be avoided.

Between 2017 and 2018, there is data from the School of Public Health of the University of Puerto Rico which establish that deaths from cardiovascular events in Puerto Rico were around 3,200. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that, by 2030, 23.6 million people will die from cardiovascular diseases, so it is projected that it will continue to be the first cause of death in the world, stated Dr. Edmundo Jordán, president of the Puerto Rican Society of Cardiology, Medicine and Public Health.

More than 1,400 physicians, administrators, and patients around the world participated in Beyond Intervention research, helping to reveal gaps in cardiovascular patient care and identify new ways to mitigate these barriers.

“These emerging innovations and solutions are based on the clinical needs of patients and are focused on bridging the gaps that exist in vascular care through the development and implementation of technology. By focusing on innovation and the implementation of new tools such as remote monitoring and minimally invasive approaches, advances in medicine are improving patient care and working to address many of the issues identified in research,” said Dr. Héctor Martínez, Director of the Department of Cardiology at the Center Mayaguez doctor.

72% of patients request personalized medical attention, based on a bidirectional doctor-patient relationship, in which the patient has an active role in the personalized and data-based treatment plan; In addition, an effective exchange of information and remote monitoring of the patient’s evolution is sought; because 79% of patients trust doctors’ decision-making, but believe that technology can help provide better care.

It has also become clear that, in the process of treating cardiovascular disease, 55% of physicians have very little time to spend with their patients throughout the procedure and 42% have little information on monitoring adherence to treatment , contributing to widening gaps in care. On the other hand, 80% of doctors and hospital administrators consider that technology and data are essential to address the challenges before, during and after treatment.

With information from: Press Release.