Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 410820, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/410820
Review Article

Telemonitoring in Chronic Heart Failure: A Systematic Review

1Department of Cardiology, Larissa University Hospital, P.O. Box 1425, 41110 Larissa, Greece
2T.E.I. of Lamia, 35100 Lamia, Greece
3Department of Radiology, Larissa University Hospital, 41110 Larissa, Greece
4Military General Hospital, Larissa, Greece
51st Department of Propaedeutic and Internal Medicine, Ethnikon and Kapodistriakon University School of Medical Sciences, Laikon Hospital, 11527 Athens, Greece
61st Department of Medicine, AHEPA University Hospital, 31100 Thessaloniki, Greece
7Department of Cardiology, Ca’ Foncello Hospital, Treviso, Italy

Received 14 February 2012; Accepted 25 March 2012

Academic Editor: George Giannakoulas

Copyright © 2012 Gregory Giamouzis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Heart failure (HF) is a growing epidemic with the annual number of hospitalizations constantly increasing over the last decades for HF as a primary or secondary diagnosis. Despite the emergence of novel therapeutic approached that can prolong life and shorten hospital stay, HF patients will be needing rehospitalization and will often have a poor prognosis. Telemonitoring is a novel diagnostic modality that has been suggested to be beneficial for HF patients. Telemonitoring is viewed as a means of recording physiological data, such as body weight, heart rate, arterial blood pressure, and electrocardiogram recordings, by portable devices and transmitting these data remotely (via a telephone line, a mobile phone or a computer) to a server where they can be stored, reviewed and analyzed by the research team. In this systematic review of all randomized clinical trials evaluating telemonitoring in chronic HF, we aim to assess whether telemonitoring provides any substantial benefit in this patient population.