Carlo Di Mario1, MD; Kolja Sievert2, MD; Francesco Meucci1, MD; Horst Sievert2, MD
1. Structural Interventional Cardiology Division, University Hospital Careggi, Florence, Italy; 2. CardioVascular Center Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Figure 1. The V-LAP technology. A) The V-LAP implant. B) The external unit. C) TEE image of the implanted V-LAP. D) Simultaneous V-LAP pressure tracings and pulmonary wedge pressure at the moment of the implantation.
Monitoring pressure and adapting therapy to the rapid changes of left ventricular loading conditions is the cornerstone of treatment of acute heart failure in hospitalised patients. This approach has also been translated into the chronic setting, as proved by the results of the only presently commercially available pulmonary pressure monitoring system (CardioMEMS™; Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA, USA) in terms of hospital ...