CardioMEMS HF System

For pulmonary artery pressure monitoring

Procedure Overview

Implanting the CardioMEMS PA Sensor

After you have identified your heart failure patient as an appropriate candidate for the CardioMEMS™ HF System, you will schedule them for an implant or refer them to an implanting cardiologist for the procedure.

The CardioMEMS™ PA Sensor is optimally inserted into the left descending PA. At the discretion of the implanting physician, the sensor may be inserted into the right PA, depending on the patient’s anatomy. The sensor is about the size of a paper clip when deployed in the target pulmonary artery (PA). See actual size image and product schematic image below.

PA Sensor

CardioMEMS Implant Animation

This animation visually explains the implant procedures, but note that each implanting physician will have their own unique procedural techniques.

Live CardioMEMS PA Sensor Implant

View a live CardioMEMS PA Sensor implant procedure performed by David Shavelle, MD, from Keck School of Medicine USC.

Additional implantation and training resources

  • This quick guide is an abridged version of the full instructions for the CardioMEMS HF System and is not intended to replace the User’s Manual provided with the product.

  • This implant checklist for the CardioMEMS PA Sensor outlines pre-procedure setup, the implant procedure itself and baseline calibration.

  • The goal of this review is to provide a summary of the CardioMEMS PA Sensor implantation procedure, discuss the required imaging steps, review procedural supplies and present a series of case studies to illustrate clinically relevant issues that may arise during sensor implantation.

Manuals & Resources

Manuals & Resources

Customer Service

Customer Service

This device is commercially available for use in select international markets.


  1. Abbott. Data on File. 90305907 Rev. A. The CardioMEMS™ HF System Workflow Research. May 2017.
  2. Abbott. Data on File. Adapted from: “CardioMEMS HF System Clinical Protocol Example, Philip B. Adamson, MD, MSc, FACC, Medical Director at Abbott, and former Director Heart Failure Institute at Oklahoma Heart Hospital, shares his experience with patient management of heart failure using PA Pressure.”
  3. Abraham W, Adamson P, Bourge RC, et al. Wireless pulmonary artery haemodynamic monitoring in chronic heart failure: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Feb. 19, 2011;377:658-666

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