Shape-HF Featured in October 2010 Twin Cities Business Magazine
By Elise Schadauer

 

Devices on the Edge

A Gentler Heart Test

Shape Medical Systems, Inc.

by Katie Westfall

“Can you walk up a flight of stairs?” a cardiologist asks a chronic heart-failure patient in order to assess her heart and lung function. Then the doctor orders what is sometimes called a stress test, monitoring her heart while she takes a six-minute walk on a treadmill. This test can be very strenuous for some people; shortness of breath may have been the very symptom that brought them to the cardiologist’s office.

A new device, the Shape-HF Cardiopulmonary Testing System, from the St. Paul medical device company Shape Medical Systems, Inc., helps physicians determine a patient’s cardiopulmonary health in a less taxing way.

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