A pea-sized microcomputer designed to measure blood pressure directly in the heart of chronically heart-weak people was implanted for the first time in Berlin on Wednesday. The cardiology department of Vivantes Klinikum "Am Urban" is one of twelve clinical institutions worldwide participating in this early phase of clinical research.
These are the first clinical trials to measure blood pressure in the left atrium of the heart in patients using a novel technology in a feasibility study. The Berlin patient is the seventh person worldwide to be implanted with the battery-free device.
The microcomputer was implanted in Berlin by Prof. Dr. med. Hüseyin Ince, Head of the Department of Cardiology Central-East at Vivantes and Head of Cardiology at the University Medical Center Rostock:"We are very pleased to be one of the twelve hospitals worldwide to be allowed to collect scientific data on this novel technology as part of a pilot study, which could enable early personalized therapy of chronic heart failure in the future."
The hope: In the future, these values could be used to better treat chronically weak hearts - at an early stage, before they have to be admitted to a hospital in an acutely critical condition. This is because the values are transmitted online to the clinic on a daily basis, which means that changes in pressure in the left atrium are noticed earlier, before the patient notices it himself and, if necessary, therapy can be optimized at an early stage.
Oren Goldstein, CEO and Co-Founder of Vectorious:"We believe that the micro-computer can give people suffering from heart disease back control over their disease and thus over their lives. The minimally invasive procedure to implant the device is low-risk and completed in less than an hour. The data provided by the device is analyzed and evaluated using artificial intelligence to provide physicians with the information they need. The goal is to intervene early, identify important events, and help patients stay on proper medication regimens."
Background information: What is heart failure?
Heart failure means the heart is not pumping blood around the body as effectively as it should. It is a chronic condition that often worsens over time. It is considered incurable, but with treatment and some lifestyle changes, sufferers can maintain a very good quality of life. It can occur at any age, but is most common in older people.
Heart failure means weakened blood flow due to the heart's limited ability to pump blood. This can lead to congestive pressure in the lungs, resulting in decreased oxygen supply to tissues. Difficulty breathing and fatigue are often the result.
In severe cases, pulmonary edema can occur, in which the lungs fill with fluid. Continuous monitoring of pressures allows physicians to intervene early and minimally invasively to counteract deterioration.
Frequency of heart failure in Germany
According to the German Heart Foundation, approximately 2 to 3 million people in Germany are affected by heart failure. In 2015, 444,632 people were hospitalized for heart failure in Germany. In 2014, 44,551 people died of heart failure in Germany.*
Warning signs of chronic heart failure
Shortness of breath on exertion, decrease in performance, for example when climbing stairs, swelling of the ankles, lower legs due to water retention can be alarm signs, affected persons should go to the doctor.*
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