Publications by authors named "Dana Penfold"

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Structural Heart Interventions During COVID-19.

Curr Probl Cardiol 2022 Feb 24;47(2):100934. Epub 2021 Jul 24.

Department of Cardiology, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA; Department of Cardiology, Albert Einstein University, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

The spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic across the globe and the United States presented unprecedented challenges with dawn of new policies to reserve resources and protect the public. One of the major policies adopted by hospitals across the nations were postponement of non-emergent procedures such as transaortic valve replacement (TAVR), left atrial appendage closure device (LAAC), MitraClip and CardioMEMS. Guidelines were based mainly on the avoidable clinical outcomes occurring during COVID-19 era. As our understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 evolved, advanced cardiac procedures may safely continue through careful advanced coordination. We aim to highlight the new guidelines published by different major cardiovascular societies, and discuss solutions to safely perform procedures to improve outcomes in a patient population with high acuity of illness during the COVID-19 pandemic era.
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February 2022

Leadless and Wireless Cardiac Devices: The Next Frontier in Remote Patient Monitoring.

Curr Probl Cardiol 2021 May 24;46(5):100800. Epub 2021 Jan 24.

John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, LA; Section of Cardiomyopathy & Heart Transplantation, John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA; The University of Queensland School of Medicine, Ochsner Clinical School, New Orleans, LA. Electronic address:

In the last decade, advances in wireless and sensor technologies, and the implementation of telemedicine, have led to innovative digital health care for cardiac patients. Continuous monitoring of patients' biomedical signals, and acute changes in these signals, may result in timely, accurate diagnoses and implementation of early interventions. In this review, we discuss commonly used wireless and leadless cardiac devices including pulmonary artery pressure sensors, implantable loop recorders, leadless pacemakers and subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. We discuss the concept and function of each device, indications, methods of delivery, potential complications, consideration for implantation, and cost-effectiveness.
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May 2021