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Quick Opt

New technology could help people with a defibrillator cut their doctor visit from two hours to two minutes.  Even though Robert Yorba has heart failure, he says he's feeling "pretty good".

"After they did that adjustment here a few months ago, more than pretty good."

The 72-year-old has a defibriallator in his chest that regulates his heart rhythm.

Doctors use a new programming system called "quick opt" to fine tune the device, all with the push of a button.

"Historically, it's been very time-consuming, requiring at least one physician and a technician and 30 to 90 minutes or more of optimizing this device using ultrasound guidance."

"This new device, the quickopt device, only takes 60 to 90 seconds."

"Boom, boom, put a few wires, click, click, click or whatever."

Quickopt programs the defibrillator so the heart pumps as efficiently as possible.

"They can be optimized every time they come in as opposed to maybe optimized never, or one or two times in their lifetime, because it takes so long otherwise."

Studies suggest quickopt improves patients' quality of life.

"A number of patients that we've done echo-guided optimizations have not really felt that much better.when we did run the quickopt on those patients, they got better in a very short time."

For Robert, it's a win-win situation. He's in and out of the doctors faster and he's feeling better. "feeling real good, real good."

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