Hospital admissions for people with heart conditions could fall by 39 per cent if an implanted device is used to remotely monitor patients, researchers have discovered.
The study which was carried out in the US analysed any differences in the health of patients who had undergone standard treatments, which involved recording daily weight and self-reporting changes in symptoms, with the additional use of an implanted device that measures pressure within the arteries connecting the heart and lungs.
Those with the implanted device were less likely to be admitted to hospital, the scientists discovered.
Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We’d need to see much more research and larger trials before we could be confident this is a practical next step for monitoring heart failure patients.
“In the meantime, we know all heart failure patients would benefit from having a full cardiological assessment and specialist nursing support, such as a BHF-funded heart failure nurse. These nurses have been proven to reduce hospital admissions by 35 per cent, significantly improving patients’ quality and length of life, and reducing costs for the health service.”
- Abraham WT, et al. Wireless pulmonary artery haemodynamic monitoring in chronic heart failure: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2011; Advance online
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