Feature | February 19, 2014

Experimental Wireless Messaging Technology Remotely Monitors Patient Heart Conditions

LAPTOP-HF Telecardiology Remote Patient Monitoring ICM EP Lab Heart Failure ECG

February 19, 2014 — A new treatment option for heart disease is being tested at The University of Kansas Hospital that could be significant in telemedicine. Using an implantable monitoring device, the patient can hold a smartphone-type device to the chest and the device will relay info wirelessly from the heart implant to the doctors at the hospital. It allows doctors the ability to better personalize treatment for heart failure patients while giving those patients more control of their chronic condition.

The clinical trial is called LAPTOP-HF (Left Atrial Pressure Monitoring to Optimize Heart Failure Therapy.) Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, an electrophysiologist at The University of Kansas Hospital, said the LAPTOP-HF monitor can give heart patients and their doctors critical information immediately. 

"Before this device, any of these measurements had to be taken here in our office. Now with this technology, we can obtain the information from the patient's home," Lakkireddy said. "It's especially helpful for patients who live a long way from us. We can constantly monitor their condition and give them medication changes any time, rather than waiting for a scheduled appointment."

That's a huge benefit for Larry Stewart, who lives nearly two hours south of the hospital in Bronson, Kan. Before enrolling in the trial, Stewart and his wife had to make the journey to see Lakkireddy about every six weeks for congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Now, after having the device (which looks like a pacemaker) surgically implanted in his chest, all Stewart has to do each day is hold the small monitor (the size of a smartphone) up to his chest and the readings are electronically sent back to the doctor's office for instant analysis. 

"It makes me feel better that there's something there that's measuring and keeping an eye on my heart," Stewart said. 

It also means only making the trip to the doctor's office every three months, while still being monitored regularly, which is especially helpful during winter months when road conditions can be dangerous. 

St. Jude Medical developed the monitor. The University of Kansas Hospital is among the 75 sites in the United States chosen to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the device.

For more information: www.kumed.com

Related Content

News | Heart Failure| August 28, 2015
August 28, 2015 — BioControl Medical said it has completed enrollment in its INOVATE-HF (INcrease Of VAgal TonE in He
News | Hypertension| August 27, 2015
August 27, 2015 — Analysis of blood samples from more than 5,000 people suggests that a more sensitive version of a b
BioSig Technologies, research agreement, UCLA, Pure EP System, EP lab, ventricular tachycardia model, VT
Technology | EP Lab| August 20, 2015
BioSig Technologies announced it has signed a sponsored research agreement with the regents of the University of...
WomenHeart, National Policy & Science Summit on Women's Cardiovascular Health, cardiovascular disease, summit, commentary
News | Womens Healthcare| August 20, 2015
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease announced that it will host the first National Policy...
women, blacks, larger loss of life expectancy, heart attack, JACC, study, Harlan Krumholz, Emily Bucholz
News | Womens Healthcare| August 18, 2015
Women and black patients lost more years of their expected life after a heart attack when compared to white men,...
Sunshine Heart, COUNTER HF pivotal study, resumes enrollment, C-Pulse, FDA
News | Heart Failure| August 18, 2015
Sunshine Heart Inc. announced an update in late July on its COUNTER HF U.S. pivotal study for the C-Pulse Heart Assist...
Biotronik, BioCONTINUE study, CRT-D, defibrillator, cardiac resynchronization therapy device, heart failure, first replacement
News | Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Devices (CRT)| August 17, 2015
Biotronik announced that the first patient has been enrolled in the BioCONTINUE clinical trial (BIOtronik study to...
CMS, additional participants, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, Medicare, eipsodes of care
News | Business| August 17, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) announced that over 2,100 healthcare facilities have agreed to...
Nonin Medical, NoninConnect Model 3230, Bluetooth Smart, wireless finger pulse oximeter, iOS-compatible, Apple

Image courtesy of Nonin Medical

Technology | Patient Monitors| August 14, 2015
August 14, 2015 — Nonin Medical Inc.
Products | Patient Monitors| August 14, 2015
Overlay Init