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Device "cuts heart admissions"

The number of people being admitted to hospital with heart complaints could be cut by as much as 39% if new patient monitoring technology is used, latest research has claimed.

An implanted device used to remotely monitor people was found by American researchers to be significantly more effective than when patients recorded their own symptom changes and daily weight manually.

The study, published online in The Lancet, showed that people using the devices, which measure pressure within the arteries connecting the heart and lungs, were less likely to be in need of hospital admission.

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: 'We'd need to see much more research and larger trials before we could be confident this is a practical next step for monitoring heart failure patients.

'In the meantime, we know all heart failure patients would benefit from having a full cardiological assessment and specialist nursing support, such as a BHF-funded heart failure nurse. These nurses have been proven to reduce hospital admissions by 35%, significantly improving patients' quality and length of life, and reducing costs for the health service.'

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