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New diagnostic devices in heart failure.
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PMID:  20308889     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart failure is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. In recent years, implantable devices have been developed that aim to predict impending heart failure events in time to prevent clinical decompensation. This review focuses on these emerging technologies and the implications they hold for the future of heart failure management.
RECENT FINDINGS: Many devices have recently been studied in patients with heart failure. These devices either evaluate hemodynamic values, including pulmonary and left atrial pressures, or intrathoracic impedance, which is related to pulmonary congestion. In small trials, device-acquired parameters like these have correlated well with data obtained during pulmonary artery catheterization. At least one trial has suggested a possible reduction in clinical heart failure events in patients with a device measuring pulmonary pressures. Other trials, recently completed or ongoing, are expected to shed more light on the role of diagnostic devices in improving heart failure outcomes.
SUMMARY: Incorporation of diagnostic devices into the management of heart failure patients may prove instrumental in reducing the burden of this disease on patients and healthcare systems.
Kelly H Schlendorf; Stuart D Russell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in cardiology     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1531-7080     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608087     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  262-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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