New computer chip is a wireless monitor for heart patients

For the first time doctors are using a tiny wireless monitor, implanted right in the heart to keep a really close eye on patients. 

Peter Pappas is about to send a signal from his heart to the hospital and without leaving his home. 

It's a special pillow that has an antenna taking a reading of the blood pressure inside his heart. 

It involves a little computer chip, smaller than a dime. It's changing lives in people like Peter Pappas. 

The 79-year-old feels good now, but his heart is failing him. 

"The minute I lay in bed I was gasping for air and I had to sleep in chair next to my bed," he said.

Heart failure, the heart not pumping blood efficiently, it's the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65. But this technology is changing that. 

In December 2014 at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Peter became the first person in the state of Michigan to have the tiny wireless monitor implanted. 

"This tranducer will send us pressures in his heart, before there are any symptoms," the doctor said.

Out of the hospital and at his home, Peter uses a special pillow that sends a reading back to the website. 

As doctors monitor Mr. Pappas as they notice any changes, they will change his medicine if you want to take a walk for your heart health,   

The American Heart Association Heart Walk where FOX 2 is a proud sponsor. It's this Saturday on the riverfront downtown Detroit.  Our Amy Andrews will be there, too!

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