TUESDAY, July 24 (HealthDay News) -- The pulmonary artery catheter, a once-lauded cardiac monitoring device, appears to be fading into medical history, a study finds.

Use of the device -- a thin tube inserted into a lung artery to get information about a patent's condition -- decreased by 68 percent in the United States between 1993 and 2004, according to a report in the July 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association

The reason behind the drop in the device's popularity: "Multiple studies have shown that it doesn't help," according to lead researcher Dr. Renda Soylemez Wiener, an assistant professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and a physician at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt.

Cardio Monitoring Device Falls Out of Favor - Forbes.com


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