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A new way to monitor congestive heart failure

Robert Carhart, MDA decades-old procedure is getting a new use to help patients with congestive heart failure. Bioimpedance, or the resistance of a substance to electrical current, helps doctors monitor the amount of fluid in a patient‘s chest, according to Robert Carhart, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Upstate who specializes in cardiology. Using an exterior band or an implanted device, such as a pacemaker, bioimpedance helps determine how much of a diuretic medication the patient needs to maintain a healthy fluid level, with a goal of helping the patient avoid repeated hospitalizations, he said.