OSU Medicine uses CardioMEMS HF System to monitor changes in pulmonary artery (PA) pressure, an early indicator of the onset of worsening heart failure. 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.
Heart failure, which affects nearly 6 million Americans, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood at the right pressures to meet the body’s needs. CardioMEMS is a small sensor—the size of a small paperclip—that is placed directly into a patient’s pulmonary artery, which connects the heart and the lungs. In a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, doctors use the femoral vein in the groin to thread the sensor up to the heart. Once implanted, the device can detect rising pressures in the pulmonary artery, which can be an early warning of fluid backing up in the lungs and pending onset of congestive heart failure even before symptoms of shortness of breath or weight gain are reported. Pressures are recorded and transmitted electronically from a patient’s home to a secure website so health care providers can review the readings and proactively adjust medical therapies to keep patients at their target pressures.
“Heart failure patients require a lot of monitoring and follow up appointments. This gives patients additional access to medical care, for monitoring, preventative strategies and even interventions,” said Dr. Matt Wilkett, cardiologist at OSU Medical Center.
The CardioMEMS sensor is designed to last the lifetime of the patient with no pain or sensation for the patient during the readings. “By being able to access critical information about a patient’s heart failure on a regular basis we are able to detect worsening heart failure sooner and adjust treatment to reduce the likelihood for hospitalization,” said Wilkett.
For information about CardioMEMS and how it can benefit you, talk to your healthcare provider. To schedule an appointment with the OSU Medicine Cardiovascular clinic call 918-582-7711.