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The UPC participates in a European trial of a treatment to reduce mortality of cardiogenic shock

Cardiogenic shock is a very complex clinical condition that entails a reduction of blood flow in the most important organs of the human body due to a massive myocardial infarction.

The last major breakthrough in this field was around 20 years ago, when it was shown that the prognosis could be improved by urgent reopening of the occluded coronary artery that causes the myocardial infarction and leads to the cardiogenic shock.

The EURO SHOCK project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme is the first large-scale clinical trial to investigate the early application of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to reduce mortality associated with cardiogenic shock.

ECMO is a type of mechanical circulatory support with which deoxygenated blood is extracted from the patient’s veins, enriched with oxygen and administered directly to the arterial system, thus preserving the body’s critical organs during the most serious stage of the disease.

team of researchers from theUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)and the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) - Hospital Clínic de Barcelona are participating in the project withCardioSense, a cardiovascular monitor thatprovides an early diagnosis with more accurate results than the current ones in less than 60 seconds.

This “heart watchman” patented by the UPC detects both the electrocardiogram (the conventional signal of the heart’s electrical activity) and the arterial pulse wave velocity (related to blood pressure and arterial elasticity) through sensors touched by the patient’s hands or feet.

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