UofL Health – Jewish Hospital held a celebration for its 100th CardioMEMS HF System implantation. The device is a revolutionary wireless monitoring sensor that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. Jewish Hospital started the CardioMEMS program in April 2018 and has been the fastest growing program of its kind in the region. It is the largest CardioMEMS program in northern Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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.

“Traditional methods to prevent heart failure admissions, such as monitoring daily weights and fluid intake, have proven largely ineffective at keeping patients out of the hospital. With CardioMEMS we have the technology to monitor patients so intensively that we can identify the onset of heart failure before symptoms even begin,” said Dr. Chandhiran Rangaswamy. “With an 80 percent reduction in heart failure admissions, the CardioMEMS program at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital has transformed heart failure management.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6.5 million adults in the United States have heart failure. Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath during daily activities, having trouble breathing when lying down, and weight gain with swelling in the feet, legs, ankles or stomach.