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Insertion of a Heart Failure Monitoring System

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about the insertion of a heart failure monitoring system?

A heart failure monitoring system measures pressure near your heart. It does this through a sensor that is inserted (placed) in your pulmonary artery. Your pulmonary artery brings blood from your heart to your lungs. The sensor is placed during a heart catheterization. Pressure readings are sent to your healthcare provider through the internet. This information can help your healthcare provider identify and treat heart failure problems early. Early identification and treatment can prevent your heart failure from getting worse. It can also prevent or decrease hospital stays.

Heart Chambers

How do I prepare for the procedure?

What will happen during the procedure?

What should I expect after the procedure?

What are the risks of the procedure?

During the procedure, the catheter may tear a vein and cause bleeding. An air bubble may enter your lung, or your lung may collapse. You may have a heart attack. After the procedure, you may have bleeding or develop an infection. You may have damage to a heart valve, or a fistula (abnormal opening) may form between an artery and vein. You may have irregular heartbeats that cause dizziness or fainting. You may get a blood clot in your leg or arm. These problems may become life-threatening.

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