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Heart failure study evaluates whether patients can help monitor themselves

Heart failure study evaluates whether patients can help monitor themselves

Derek Scott and his wife had just dropped off two of their three children at school one day last fall when he started having trouble breathing. By the time the Pikesville father arrived at Sinai Hospital's emergency room he was gasping for air.

"I didn't know what was going on," Scott said. "And I couldn't even talk well enough to tell anyone what was wrong."

It turned out that Scott, 44, was among the 6 million Americans suffering from heart failure, a complex condition that keeps the heart from pumping normally. The condition is often poorly managed, sending about a quarter of patients back to the hospital within a month of their initial...

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