October 07, 2015
TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital is the first facility in Southern Kentucky to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure (HF). 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.
“This is an innovative technology and we are glad to be able to introduce this procedure to our patients in Southern Kentucky,” said Dr. Sandeep Chhabra, a Cardiologist with Graves Gilbert Clinic who performed the procedure on September 30th. “CardioMEMS is important in its ability to treat and improve outcomes for heart failure patients.”
The CardioMEMS HF System features a sensor that is implanted in the 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. The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from their homes to their health care providers allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.
The CardioMEMS sensor is designed to last the lifetime of the patient and doesn’t require batteries. Once implanted, the wireless sensor sends pressure readings to an external patient electronic system. There is no pain or sensation for the patient during the readings. The CardioMEMS HF System allows the patients to transmit critical information about their heart failure status to a clinician on a regular basis, without the need for additional clinic or hospital visits. This provides clinicians with the ability to detect worsening heart failure sooner and adjust treatment to reduce the likelihood that the patient will need to be hospitalized.
“This continues to show TriStar Greenview’s commitment to improving patient care and investing in innovative medical technology such as the CardioMEMS HF System,” said Mike Sherrod, CEO. “TriStar Greenview has always been an economically responsible member of the community, and we are constantly finding solutions for successful patient outcomes in the diagnosis or treatment of heart failure.”
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5.1 million Americans have heart failure, with 670,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Patients with heart failure are frequently hospitalized, have a reduced quality of life and face a higher risk of death.