You can't give your heart to others this Valentine's Day if it's broken

You can't give your heart to others this Valentine's Day if it's broken
February 6, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

“Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” - L. Frank Baum, author, “Wizard of Oz.” Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 700,000 people die of heart disease in the United States each year. Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer and ovarian cancer combined. People can reduce their risk of heart disease by controlling their blood pressure, lowering their cholesterol and exercising. Early detection is another weapon against heart disease. Benedictine researchers are testing the PhysioFlow™ cardiac impedance device. PhysioFlow is a new generation of impedance cardiograph that performs continuous non-invasive measurements of cardiac output and a number of other factors that can signal potential heart disease. Previously, these measurements could only be made on large hospital-based systems, which were most often invasive. PhysioFlow also allows for the non-invasive evaluation of cardiac output during exercise or effort. Evaluating cardiac output during exercise is critical for patients suffering from coronary artery disease or heart failure. “This is a state-of-the-art device,” said Craig Broeder, Ph.D., director of the Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology (M.S.C.E.P.) program at Benedictine University. “This is a new system that could someday be used in advanced cardiac facilities everywhere.” The PhysioFlow system has several advantages over other cardiac impedance devices. The system avoids health damage to the patient that can occur during catheterization. It is easy to implement because only six electrodes are needed. And user-friendly Windows® XP or later version software makes it easy to operate. Benedictine University’s research employing the PhysioFlow system has two objectives, Broeder said. “We want to validate the reliability of the system in a variety of exercise modalities, and we want to create a mini-Webcast or podcast to educate physicians on how to use the system,” Broeder said. Broeder expects all the pilot work and the video they are preparing to be ready sometime in February. Broeder and his research assistants have already demonstrated the system to officials from the Gatorade research facility in Barrington. “Gatorade bought the system after seeing it here,” Broeder said. For more information about the PhysioFlow system or the M.S.C.E.P. program at Benedictine University, call (630) 829-6227.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.