Cardiac Implant Device Helping to Improve Quality of Life for Heart Failure Patients
Fort Wayne, Ind. (September 10, 2020) – Wireless monitoring technology smaller than one AA battery is now helping patients take an active role in managing heart failure and improving their quality of life. Led by Asim Mohammed, MD, Lutheran Health Physicians advanced heart failure cardiologist, and the Lutheran Hospital cardiac catheterization team, implantation of this quarter-sized device enables patients to transmit daily sensor readings to their healthcare providers from home. This updated system is personalized and supports proactive management of heart failure to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands and pulmonary artery pressure builds within the heart. To alleviate the condition, a miniature wireless monitoring sensor is placed within the pulmonary artery to measure pressures and transmit readings. Cardiologists review pressure readings and trends, which quickly help to identify concerns and guide further treatment, if needed.
“I am very pleased that those who suffer from complications as they relate to heart failure are able to utilize advanced technology such as this to provide ease in monitoring their condition as a whole, but also to offer peace of mind as they can remain connected to their physician if issues may arise,” said Dr. Mohammed, advanced heart failure physician, Lutheran Health Physicians. “The ability to monitor these patients remotely, coupled with the small size of the sensor, offer significant improvements toward a patient’s quality of life by reducing the number of heart failure-related admissions now and in the future.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 6 million Americans have heart failure, with 900,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Patients with this condition are frequently hospitalized, have a reduced quality of life and face a higher risk of premature death. Technology such as this provides long-term assistance using a device designed to last the entirety of a patient’s lifetime with no battery or replaceable parts.
"Lutheran Hospital is committed to innovative delivery of healthcare services in our community,” added Brady Dubois, chief executive officer. “This technology enables our specialists to make quick modifications to ensure the patient has the best possible outcome.”
Not all patients diagnosed with heart failure will qualify for this type of treatment. Cardiologists determine if the monitoring system is appropriate on an individual basis. Patients who have been diagnosed with Class III heart failure and have had multiple hospitalizations within the last 12 months are the most likely candidates.
As an advanced tertiary care center in Fort Wayne, Lutheran Hospital provides specially cardiovascular care ranging from advanced electrophysiology studies to heart transplantation. To learn more about the innovative cardiac and vascular services Lutheran Heart Center’s clinical specialists deliver, please visit https://www.lutheranhospital.com/heart-center.
About Lutheran Health Network
The foundation of Lutheran Health Network is built on an experienced team of more than 7,000 employees working together with the more than 800 physicians who compose its medical staffs. The network’s more than 100 access points in northern Indiana include physician offices, urgent care clinics, outpatient centers and eight hospitals.