Philips uses gender-differentiated criteria to Detect Heart Disease in Women (Sept. 01, 2009) — Philips will unveil its latest heart disease detection, the PageWriter TC50 cardiograph, which uses gender-differentiated criteria to assist in the diagnosis of heart disease in women, where symptoms are different from men.

PhilipsPageWriterTC502“Philips understands that heart disease can be different in women than in men and also harder to detect,” said Joris van den Hurk, vice president of cardiology programs for Philips Healthcare.

Women with coronary artery disease often complain of different symptoms from men1 and show clinical differences as well, with damage more often occurring in smaller blood vessels with fewer arterial blockages, a condition called microvascular disease.

As a result, more women than men with heart conditions can show normal vessels in spite of their worsening symptoms. Negative or unclear tests in women can often mean heart disease goes missed and untreated.

The PageWriter TC50 cardiograph which allows healthcare professionals to easily and efficiently take and record ECGs – tests of heart activity – assisting the clinician in making a timely diagnosis.

The PageWriter TC50’s sophisticated analysis programme, the DXL Algorithm, uses different criteria for men and women to help clinicians interpret cardiac symptoms, including identifying acute global ischemia, the restrictions of blood supply to large areas of the heart.

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