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Our mission is to promote excellence in research, practice, education and policy in cardiovascular health, primary and secondary prevention.
Our mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease through percutaneous cardiovascular interventions.
Improving the quality of life and reducing sudden cardiac death by limiting the impact of heart rhythm disturbances.
Our mission is to improve quality of life and longevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, including the establishment of networks for its management, education and research.
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OUR MISSION: TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Barcelona, Spain, 1 September: An increasing number of heart failure patients are treated with a number of complex devices, i.e. cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Recently completed and ongoing clinical trials such as MADIT-CRT and EchoCRT provide evidence of a growing number of CRT patients, in need of individualised treatment. Rising demand for implantable cardiac devices and the simultaneous need for increased efficiency as well as enhanced patient comfort and safety significantly increase the need for remote monitoring technology.
Despite the wide availability of telemonitoring systems in many European countries, currently only around 1% of patients with implantable cardiac devices in Europe are being monitored remotely. The majority are still being followed up by conventional in-office follow-up schemes. By the end of 2008, approximately 23.000 European patients were being monitored remotely.
Telemonitoring enables the safe reduction of traditional face to face follow-ups, thereby reducing physicians’ workload by focusing on individual patients who need clinical attention. Telemonitoring studies such as TRUST, REFORM and ISMOS have shown that the number of regular in-office medical check-ups can be reduced by about 50% without risking patient’s safety. It also enables early detection of silent, asymptomatic arrhythmias allowing for earlier intervention compared to conventional follow-ups, since all patient data are updated on a daily basis. This facilitates a need-based and individualised patient aftercare, complying with the current HRS/EHRA recommendations and giving patients freedom, mobility, and a sense of relief, knowing that their heart is under continuous surveillance.
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This press release accompanies both a presentation and an ESC press conference given at the ESC Congress 2009. Written by the investigator himself/herself, this press release does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Society of Cardiology.
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