ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — The American Heart Association says 24 percent of heart attack patients don’t fill their prescriptions within a week after discharge, and 34 percent of heart attack patients with multiple prescriptions stop taking at least one within the first month. Now, a medical company is teaming with one of the country’s busiest hospitals to test an innovative solution.
Kimby Jagnandan, 42, is a heart attack survivor. Every day, she does what she can to help her heart.
“I now have you know a device that captures my steps. So I’m making sure that I watch to see how many steps I’m getting in daily,” Jagnandan told Ivanhoe.
Kimby also tries to eat right and follow her doctor’s orders, which she admits is not easy.
Jagnandan commented, “I’m on a lot of medicine, a lot, pretty much every cardiac medication that you can be on.”
“The average number of medications that somebody with cardiovascular disease takes is going to be more than four and it can be as many as 20,” Duane Davis, MD, a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon at Cardiovascular Institute at Florida Hospital explained. (Read Full Interview)
Dr. Davis says getting patients to take all of the heart medication they need is a big problem.
Dr. Davis continued, “They can be life-saving medicines and not taking them can result in the loss of life.”
So Florida Hospital’s Alliance for Innovation Development is pairing with the medical company, Panaceutics to test a solution. Right now Panaceutics produces nutritional supplements in portable packets; the idea is to have patients take multiple heart medications compounded in a single, edible dose.
“This is a strategy to actually simplify. To get all the medicines that are necessary into something that actually isn’t bad to take. It actually may taste good,” said Dr. Davis.
“I went on vacation this summer, and I think I spent more time packing and organizing my medication for the vacation than I did my suitcase,” Jagnandan explained.
For some patients, a solution that someday soon might make a difference.
Dr. Davis says he expects Florida hospital will begin testing the edible gel in the next few months.
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TOPIC: EDIBLE GEL REPLACES 20 HEART PILLS A DAY?
REPORT: MB #4360
HEART FAILURE: Heart failure occurs when the heart does not work efficiently enough to pump the correct amount of oxygen-rich blood to circulate throughout the body. The heart may become weak or stiff, and the muscle cannot keep up with its workload. Signs and symptoms of heart failure may include but are not limited to; fatigue, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, racing or pounding heart, loss of appetite, excessive tiredness or fatigue, nausea, confusion, difficulty thinking, swelling of the ankles, sometimes even chest pain. Symptoms are usually worse at night when the patient is lying flat. Risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and alcohol abuse may present an inflammatory stress, which can cause further damage to the muscle cells.
HEART FAILURE MEDICATIONS: Studies have shown that several different medications may be the best treatment options for heart failure. Patients with heart failure may need to take multiple medications for different symptoms and contributing factors, as each one treats different things and comes with its own instructions and rules. These medications cannot do their job correctly if not taken properly, and patients need to work with their healthcare teams to understand exactly what needs to be taken, how it should be taken, and how often. It’s important to understand their desired effects and possible side effects, and to discuss these with your personal healthcare provider if you notice any changes. It is critically important that persons take their medications as directed by their healthcare provider and by following prescribed directions they will have the best chances of benefitting from these treatment recommendations. The use of these drugs has been shown to save lives, prolong life and improve the heart’s function.
NEW CONCEPT: Florida Hospital is looking at a partnership with the company Panaceutics, working to put a number of different medicines into one simple packet that tastes good and can be given to patients in bulk a month or beyond at a time. It would be something that is not difficult to keep track of, which would help patients stick to their required regimen prescribed by their healthcare provider. Possibly combined into a gel form, it may come in several different flavors that patients could choose from, and could be much more directional and intentional on precise drug dosage based on the size and needs of the individual patient. It could be another step towards personalized medicine, eliminating barriers, assisting patients and physicians to do wat is best for the individual patient, rather than a global sense of all patients.
(Source: Duane Davis, MD)
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