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Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2009 Dec;6(4):287-92.

Pathophysiology of the transition from chronic compensated and acute decompensated heart failure: new insights from continuous monitoring devices.

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Heart Failure Institute at Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Oklahoma Foundation for Cardiovascular Research, 4050 West Memorial Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, USA. padamson@ocaheart.com

Abstract

Studies of cardiovascular signals continuously sensed by implantable devices provide unique insight into detailed pathophysiology as patients progress from stable to congested states. These data suggest that volume expansion, autonomic adaptation, and pulmonary interstitial edema begin several weeks before patients develop symptoms or demonstrate changes in daily weight. Monitoring physiologic signals from implanted devices may provide earlier warning of impending decompensation, thereby allowing changes in medical therapy to prevent worsening heart failure.

PMID:
19948098
DOI:
10.1007/s11897-009-0039-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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