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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Christ Hospital First in Cincinnati to Study Novel Heart Failure Monitoring Device

Physicians with The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research and Education at The Christ Hospital (The Lindner Research Center) are the first in Cincinnati to implant an investigational left atrial pressure (LAP) monitoring device as part of the Left Atrial Pressure Monitoring to Optimize Heart Failure Therapy (LAPTOP) investigational trial by St. Jude Medical. The device directly tracks pressure within the heart in real time. The pressure measurements are intended to help physicians determine how and when they should adjust a patient’s heart failure (HF) medications. Currently, there is no other means of obtaining LAP measurements outside the clinic or hospital setting. The goal of the trial is to prevent fluid retention in HF patients and also to prevent hospitalization, therefore improving quality of life. A 78-year-old man from Monroe, Ohio was the first patient to receive this device at The Christ Hospital in February, and is doing well. The device was implanted by Jay Schloss, MD, FACC, director of electrophysiology at The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. Both Dr. Schloss and the patient are available for interviews.

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