Heart failure is an unfortunate reality for many Americans.
In fact, more than 5 million residents suffer from the chronic condition, brought on by years of wear and tear on the heart from a variety of causes, including food, lifestyle and even biological issues.
For many people, heart failure and its symptoms can be debilitating.
Simple tasks like going for a walk or gardening can leave patients short of breath and extremely fatigued. Patients begin to experience fluid build-up around their heart, which can lead to the shortness of breath and fatigue, ultimately hospitalization and even death, if left untreated.
For most patients, by the time symptoms arrive, there is little they can do but seek help. They’re often hospitalized for several days while doctors get their fluid levels back to normal. Symptoms normally present several days after changes in the heart have actually begun to occur in a person.
Many heart failure symptoms can be treated with medication adjustments, but the challenge has been how medical teams can stay continuously connected to patients to monitor their artery pressure levels cost-effectively without daily doctor appointments.
Remote monitoring technology allows physicians to help people enjoy the freedom of a normal life without unnecessary interruptions.
Using a minimally invasive procedure, the team implants a small sensor in the patient’s pulmonary artery. The patient then heads home with a device that he or she plugs in once a day to read the sensor. The device uses satellite signals to remotely share with our team the details of internal heart pressures.
The data is sent to a secured website, and if anyone on the medical team sees something that might be a concern, they can call the patient and recommend an immediate increase or decrease in medication. This alleviates delays that often get people in trouble.
This type of remote heart monitoring has helped many people “get their lives back,” including this Wisconsin farm family.
Don’t let heart failure take away the things you love. Explore your possibilities. Remote monitoring technology may be just the right solution for you and your loved ones’ heart health needs.