Innovation project in the starting blocks
The team of the HerzCheck project is in the starting blocks for the first MRI examinations of the heart. Now the project is showing itself live and in color for the first time: the herzcheck.org website is online!
Heart failure early detection - efficient and cost-effective
Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death in Germany. In particular, the incidence of heart failure is steadily increasing. Half of all patients suffer from "classic" heart failure, in which blood is ejected from the ventricle at a reduced rate. Typical symptoms are shortness of breath or swollen legs. "In contrast, the signs in other sufferers are often atypical, as ejection capacity is maintained here. This asymptomatic heart failure often remains undetected for a long time," knows PD Dr. H. Steen, cardiologist and part of the HerzCheck team.
About 2.5 million people in Germany suffer from heart failure. This is precisely where the mission of the HerzCheck innovation project comes in. In rural areas, access to modern MRI diagnostics and specialized medical teams is often not available. The aim is to detect heart failure at an early stage in patients in regions with low medical care. In addition to medneo, five other consortium partners are involved in the project, which is funded by the Innovation Fund of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA). Nicolas Weber, CEO of medneo, is pleased that the project and the associated study are now starting at full speed: "We are proud to be part of a socially relevant study and to be able to put our mobile MRI trailers with state-of-the-art equipment on the trail, especially in rural areas. In doing so, we enable people to get important insights into the health of their heart that they would not receive otherwise."
medneo provides specially converted trailers with state-of-the-art MRI diagnostics. This brings diagnostics directly to the people: Short travel distances, fast appointment scheduling.
Partners from all relevant disciplines have been recruited to ensure the success of the HeartCheck project from the examination to the clinical transfer: The German Heart Center Berlin, medneo, AOK Nordost - Die Gesundheitskasse, the Herz- und Gefäß Zentrum Bad Bevensen, the University Medical Center Göttingen, the Institute for Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Cologne and the University Hospital Heidelberg.
Interested in learning more? Visit the new website: www.herzcheck.org