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Integrated e-Health Approach Based on Vascular Ultrasound and Pulse Wave Analysis for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis Detection and Cardiovascular Risk Stratification in the Community

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3 Author(s)
Santana, D.B. ; Physiol. Dept., Univ. de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay ; Zocalo, Y.A. ; Armentano, R.L.

New strategies are urgently needed to identify subjects at increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ACVD) development or complications. A National Public University Center (CUiiDARTE) was created in Uruguay, based on six main pillars: 1) integration of experts in different disciplines and creation of multidisciplinary teams, 2) incidence in public and professional education programs to give training in the use of new technologies and to shift the focus from ACVD treatment to disease prevention, 3) implementation of free vascular studies in the community (distributed rather than centralized healthcare), 4) innovation and application of e-Health and noninvasive technology and approaches, 5) design and development of a biomedical approach to determine the target population and patient workflow, and 6) improvement in individual risk estimation and differentiation between aging and ACVD-related arterial changes using population-based epidemiological and statistical patient-specific models. This work describes main features of CUiiDARTE project implementation, the scientific and technological steps and innovations done for individual risk stratification, and sub-clinical ACVD diagnosis.

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Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

March 2012

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