Cardio MEMS

May 12th, 2017

Congestive heart failure is one of the most prevalent conditions in clinical medicine. In fact, heart failure affects about 1.5 million Americans, with well over a half million new cases being diagnosed each year. It occurs when your heart muscle can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs. Congestive heart failure often develops after other conditions, such as coronary artery disease, blocked arteries or high blood pressure have damaged or weakened your heart muscle. While congestive heart failure is a lifelong condition, the outlook is brighter than ever.

The Cardiac Management Center offers services, support and tools designed to help you manage your heart failure symptoms at home; a vital component of care that can dramatically decrease return visits to the emergency room or readmission to the hospital. One such tool is an innovative technology called the CardioMEMS™ HF system.

The CardioMEMS™ HF system is a tiny sensor that is implanted directly into your pulmonary artery in order to measure your pulmonary artery pressure and heart rate. Once implanted, the sensor will send this critical data back to your doctor wirelessly for continuous, real-time monitoring. The sensor doesn’t require batteries; there are no wires and it will not interfere with your daily activities or any other implanted devices.

The heart of the matter: The CardioMEMS™ HF system allows your doctor to access and use the sensor’s information to quickly make needed changes to your medications and even your diet before you feel any symptoms. This incredible system has been shown to reduce heart failure hospitalizations by 37%, all-cause 30-day readmissions by 58% and diastolic heart failure hospitalizations by 50%.

Ask your doctor if the CardioMEMS™ HF system may be able to help you live a longer, healthier life!