A new treatment option for heart disease is being tested at The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., that could be a breakthrough in the way patients manage their own health.
The clinical trial is called LAPTOP-HF (Left Atrial Pressure Monitoring to Optimize Heart Failure Therapy). The trial studies a new implantable monitoring device. It’s designed to allow doctors the ability to better personalize treatment for heart failure patients while giving those patients more control of their chronic condition.
Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, an electrophysiologist at The University of Kansas Hospital, said the LAPTOP-HF monitor can give heart patients and their doctors critical information immediately.
“Before this device, any of these measurements had to be taken here in our office. Now with this technology, we can obtain the information from the patient’s home,” Lakkireddy said. “It’s especially helpful for patients who live a long way from us. We can constantly monitor their condition and give them medication changes any time, rather than waiting for a scheduled appointment.”
That’s a huge benefit for one patient, who lives nearly two hours south of the hospital in Bronson, Kan.
Before enrolling in the trial, the patient and his wife had to make the journey to see Dr. Lakkireddy about every six weeks for congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat. Now, after having the device, which looks like a pacemaker, surgically implanted in his chest, all Stewart has to do each day is hold the small monitor, the size of a smartphone, up to his chest and the readings are sent back to the doctor’s office for instant analysis.
“It makes me feel better that there’s something there that’s measuring and keeping an eye on my heart,” the patient said. It also means only making the trip to the doctor’s office every three months.
St. Jude Medical developed the monitor. The University of Kansas Hospital is among the 75 sites in the United States chosen to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the device.
For more information on the trial, click on http://www.kumed.com/heart-care/clinical-services/heart-care-clinical-trials/laptop-hf.