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Wireless sensor helps manage heart failure

HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center, located in Sunnyslope, is the first facility in Arizona to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure.

The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from their homes to their healthcare providers allowing for proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.

The CardioMEMS 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. It features a sensor that is implanted in the patient’s pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure. Increased PA pressures appear before weight and blood pressure changes, which are often used as indirect measures of worsening heart failure.

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. Patients with heart failure are frequently hospitalized, have a reduced quality of life and face a higher risk of death.

The CardioMEMS sensor is designed to last the lifetime of the patient and doesn’t require batteries. There is no pain or sensation for the patient during the readings. Data from a clinical trial showed that the CardioMEMS technology reduces heart failure hospital admissions by up to 37 percent.

Learn more at www.HonorHealth.com.

 

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