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Device Could 'Revolutionize' Care for Heart Failure Patients

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - A new device could help improve the quality of life for heart failure patients, reports HealthDay News.

The device, which monitors fluid build-up in the lungs, is implanted in the pulmonary artery in the lung and can wirelessly alert doctors if problems occur. The device could help keep heart failure patients out of the hospital by allowing a doctor to adjust a patient's medication.

"This promises to revolutionize the way we manage patients who have moderate or severe heart failure," said study author Dr. William T. Abraham, director of the division of cardiovascular medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center. "Prior to this, the tools that we could use to evaluate how heart failure patients were doing were not very revealing and so we have failed to keep patients out of the hospital."

The device, which is currently undergoing an approval process by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is expected to cost about $15,000.

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