Memorial Hospital October 25, 2018

Jacksonville, FL – Memorial Hospital is proud to offer Heart Failure patients a new way to monitor their health from the comfort of their own homes. Through a clinical trial to improve survival and quality of life for heart failure patients, Memorial is offering patients a chance to receive the CardioMEMS™ HF System. 

The CardioMEMS HF System measures pulmonary artery pressure and heart rate through a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (the blood vessel that moves blood from the heart to the lungs). The sensor, which is about the size of a dime, does not require any batteries or wires. Once the device is implanted during a minimally-invasive procedure, patients take daily pressure readings at home and wirelessly transmit the data to their clinician for continuous monitoring.

“The system allows the heart failure team to track the silent symptoms of advancing heart failure and determine how the patient is responding to various therapies, said Interventional Cardiologist Sumant Lamba, MD. “Pressure readings are transmitted wirelessly allowing the physician to take steps immediately to proactively treat the heart failure before it gets any worse.”

The home unit for patients is about the size of a queen-size pillow. The patient simply lies down on the pillow and uses a small device to wirelessly send pulmonary artery pressure readings directly to the heart failure medical team for regular review. It’s a simple process and only takes a few minutes.

“We wanted to offer patients a tool that would allow them to spend more time doing what they love and less time worrying about their condition,” said Memorial Hospital President & CEO Bradley S. Talbert, FACHE. “This advanced medical technology system is proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospital admissions and help heart failure patients live longer, healthier lives.”

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to contract or relax properly. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. There is no cure, but many people with heart failure who receive proper treatment go on to live long, full and enjoyable lives.

Symptoms of heart failure may include shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle pain or weakness and problems during exercise like lightheadedness, dizziness or nausea.

Memorial began offering the CardioMEMS™ HF System to patients in August as part of a research study with SCRI Cardiovascular, a division of Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI). Currently, the device is only available to a very specific set of heart failure patients. The study is looking to expand the tool for those with a broader range of heart failure symptoms. To enroll in the study or to learn more, call (904) 702-6530.