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Transforming the care of people with heart failure through proactive monitoring

24 months
Approved budget:
Professor Simon Malpas
Dr Sarah-Jane Guild
Associate Professor Rohit Ramchandra
Dr Tia Dawes
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Explorer Grant
Lay summary
People with heart failure often have repeated stays in hospital when symptoms of breathlessness and heart palpitations worsen, and they need their mediation adjusted. They frequently experience deteriorating symptoms for some time before seeking help. This means their care is reactive and delayed. We propose to utilise a new novel technology of pressure monitoring within the major artery from the heart to the lungs to allow proactive care. This will enable monitoring of people in their own homes and adjustment of drugs remotely. The technology involves the placement of a very tiny pressure sensor within the pulmonary artery. The pressure signals can be read remotely. This is a radical change in care but one we propose will initiate treatment early, reduce stays in hospital and provide overall better outcomes.