Implantable hemodynamic monitors.
Heart Fail Clin. 2009 Apr;5(2):261-70
Authors: Tallaj JA, Singla I, Bourge RC
The evaluation and management of volume status in patients with heart failure is a challenge for most clinicians. In addition, such an evaluation is possible only during a personal clinician-patient interface. The ability to acquire hemodynamic data continuously with the help of implanted devices with remote monitoring capability can provide early warning of heart failure decompensation and thus may aid in preventing hospitalizations for heart failure. The data obtained also may improve the understanding of the disease process. It is important for the clinician treating patients who have heart failure to become acquainted with this type of technology and learn to interpret and use these data appropriately. This article reviews the implantable hemodynamics monitors currently available.
PMID: 19249694 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]