Improved care after heart attack on AI-powered telemedicine platform –

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PD Dr Boris Schmitz

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In a rehabilitation clinic, CAD patients learn how to change their lifestyle in order to be able to continue living with the disease for as long as possible and without re-infarction. A healthy diet, exercise, and stress reduction are the most important issues, but once back in their home many patients don’t follow through with the behavioral changes they learnt in rehab. ‘The first six months after rehab are crucial,’ says biologist and sports scientist Schmitz, since ‘only during this period behavioral changes will become a habit.’ 

A senior scientist at the Center for Clinical Rehabilitation at the Königsfeld Clinic, Schmitz wanted to find out how CAD develops after treatment has been completed in order to be able to influence the patients’ state of health after rehab. But post-rehab care does basically not exist: the guidelines require only a single follow-up visit at a cardiologist’s after six months. Too little and far too late, says Schmitz. With his randomized, controlled clinical study, he wants to show that cardiovascular risk decreases with the help of the Timely platform. For this purpose, 360 adult patients were recruited who had undergone myocardial revascularization after being diagnosed with CAD as well as follow-up care as part of cardiac rehabilitation. The project is conducted in three study centers in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands and 13 partners from industry, the outpatient sector and the clinical environment are participating in the development of the platform.

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