CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure System Introduced at Ellis
New technology reduces heart failure hospitalizations
It’s about as small as a dime and as thin as fishing line. A new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor called CardioMEMS™ manages heart failure (HF) is being used at Ellis Medicine.
The CardioMEMS™ HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure.
What is MEMS?
MEMS stands for microelectromechanical systems.
How is it installed?
The CardioMEMS™ device is implanted into the pulmonary artery using minimally invasive technique via a catheter. The physician inserts the device in the femoral vein and places the sensor on the backside of the heart. The outpatient procedure, according to Dr. Andalib Nawab, takes about 30 minutes and is done with local anesthesia. The patient is home within a couple hours.
How does it work?
CardioMEMS™ HF System is like an early warning system.
• The sealed sensor measures heart rate, pulmonary diastolic pressure and mean pressure.
• Every day, the patient lies on a special pillow called the Patient Electronics Unit.
• In less than a minute, the PEU sends data via WiFi or a landline phone about the patient’s heart to a secure patient website that the physician reviews daily.
• Automated alerts are sent to the provider if pressure readings fall outside of pre-specified ranges.
• The physician can contact the patient to recommend an adjustment of medication or lifestyle long before the patient might have to visit the doctor or go to the hospital.
How long can it last?
The CardioMEMS™ sensor is designed to last the lifetime of the patient and doesn’t require batteries.
Dr. Andalib Nawab of Cardiology Associates of Schenectady explained that rising pulmonary artery pressure is the first stage of heart failure.
“Trials show reduced heart failure hospitalizations,” she said. “We can adjust medications, set boundaries and send alerts.”
The CardioMEMS™ system is an option for someone who has already had a previous hospitalization for heart failure.
For more information about Ellis Medicine’s Wright Heart Center, call 1.888.EllisInfo (1.888.355.4746) or 518.243.3333.