Tens of thousands of heart failure patients could be kept out of hospital by an implant to allow remote monitoring, according to research.
The device streams data on heart rate and rhythm, as well as activity levels and fluid build-up, from a patient’s home to hospital monitoring stations.
Doctors and nurses are automatically alerted to abnormal readings so they can contact the patient to discuss measures such as changing the dose of their medication.
A trial by a team at the University of Manchester evaluated the TriageHF Plus system in 758 heart failure patients. The device was found to reduce hospital admissions by 58 per cent, keeping patients healthy at home and reducing pressure on the NHS. The study was presented at the weekend at