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New heart implant allows home monitoring for doctors

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Heart failure patients struggle with their symptoms and often find themselves back in the hospital but a new device, smaller than a quarter, is connecting them to treatment right at home.

"The idea is that we can know when you are gaining fluid even before they even develop symptoms and make adjustments in their medications,” Dr. Ayesha Hasan said.

The implant gets placed in the patient’s pulmonary artery in the lower lobe of the lung through a catheter.

With this device doctors can know how a patient is doing from their own home, even monitoring and measure pressures in their heart and lungs remotely, no batteries.

"The device is triggered by a sensor that the patients will have at home. And they can take a reading at home, it takes 15 to 20 seconds. The readings are transmitted to us. We can log in over the web and follow the trend, use pressures, make adjustments in medications,” Hasan said.

Often heart failure patients end up in the hospital over and over again.

But here the goal is to keep them from even having to be admitted to the hospital.

And it's showing promise.

A recent study of the device has shown a 38-percent reduction in hospitalizations.

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