New Heart Monitor Keeps Patients From Leaving Home

By: Heather Waliga Email
By: Heather Waliga Email

2-23-07 - If you or your loved ones suffer from heart failure, you can now get advanced treatment without ever having to step foot outside your home.

A device called the Concerto System works as a pacemaker and a defibrillator while monitoring a patient's condition outside the hospital.

Bay Medical announced the technology's arrival today. The machine acts as a pacemaker and a defibrillator. It transmits data from the heart and sends it to a physician's office so the doctor can notify the patient in an emergency.

Hari Baddigam, Cardiologist, said, "We can predict the patient is going to have heart failure ahead of time before they can even come to the hospital so that we can call the patient, change their medication, see them early so they can avoid hospitalizations."

Dr. Baddigam is the first cardiologist in the area to use the technology. He's implanted more than ten since the monitor was FDA approved last May.

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