Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are frequently used in the treatment of end-stage heart failure (HF), and due to the shortage of heart donors and destination programs, it is likely to keep on growing. Still, LVAD therapy is not without complications and morbidity and rehospitalization rates are high. New ways to improve LVAD care both from the side of the patient and the physician are warranted. Remote monitoring could be a tool to tailor treatment in these patients, as no feedback exists at all about patient functioning on top of the static pump parameters. We aim to provide an overview and evaluation of the novel remote monitoring strategies to optimize LVAD management and elaborate on the opportunities of remote hemodynamic monitoring with CardioMEMS, at home in these patients as the next step to improve care.

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Keywords CardioMEMS, Heart failure, LVAD, Remote monitoring, Telemonitoring
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11748-020-01286-6, hdl.handle.net/1765/124145
Journal General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Citation
Veenis, J.F, & Brugts, J.J. (2020). Remote monitoring for better management of LVAD patients: the potential benefits of CardioMEMS. General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. doi:10.1007/s11748-020-01286-6