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IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE

If you have heart failure, changes in the pressure of blood through your pulmonary artery (PA) can indicate worsening heart failure—even before you notice symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain. The CardioMEMS™ HF System features a small pressure-sensing device that is implanted directly into your pulmonary artery. It sends information wirelessly to your doctor. Your doctor can use the information to adjust your medications and treatment plan, if needed.

The CardioMEMS HF System is:

  • Indicated for wirelessly measuring and monitoring pulmonary artery (PA) pressure and heart rate in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure patients who have been hospitalized for heart failure in the previous year; the hemodynamic data are used by physicians for heart failure management and with the goal of reducing heart failure hospitalizations
  • The first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitor proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospital admissions and improve quality of life;1 it has been clinically proven to reduce hospital admissions by 33% over an average of 18 months2

The CardioMEMS HF System is not indicated for patients who are unable to take dual antiplatelet or anticoagulants for one month after the implantation of the PA sensor.

Benefits of the CardioMEMS™ HF System include:

  • Your doctor can use the sensor information to make changes to your treatment before you feel symptoms.
  • It is simple and easy to use, with a home electronics unit that wirelessly sends data to your doctor.
  • The sensor does not need a battery or replaceable parts.
RISKS

Although complications are very rare, risks associated with the implantation of a PA sensor include:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Bleeding
  • Death
  • Device embolization
  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Stroke
  • Thrombus
  • Transient ischemic attack

Consult your doctor about all possible benefits and risks.

MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

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Find Additional Resources at Heart.org

REFERENCES

1. Abraham, W. T., Adamson, P. B., Bourge, R. C., Aaron, M. F., Costanzo, M. R., Stevenson, L. W., … Yaday, J. S. (2011). Wireless pulmonary artery haemodynamic monitoring in chronic heart failure: A randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 377(9766), 658-666. n=550. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60101-3

2. Abraham, W. T., Stevenson, L., Bourge, R. C., Lindenfeld, J., Bauman, J., & Adamson, P. B. (2016). Sustained efficacy of pulmonary artery pressure to guide to adjustment of chronic heart failure therapy: Complete follow-up results from the CHAMPION randomized trial. The Lancet, 387(10017), 453-461. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00723-0

HOW THE CARDIOMEMS™ HF SYSTEM WORKS

The CardioMEMS™ HF system measures your pulmonary artery pressure and heart rate through a sensor that is implanted in your pulmonary artery (the blood vessel that moves blood from your heart to your lungs). Once the device is implanted, you take daily pressure readings from the comfort of your home and wirelessly transmit the data to your doctor for continuous monitoring.

The sensor is small and does not require any batteries or wires. You will not feel it, and it will not interfere with your daily activities or other implanted devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator.

The system includes an electronics unit that you use to take the daily measurements. This is a simple process that takes only a few minutes. There is no pain or sensation during the readings.

SETTING UP YOUR CARDIOMEMS™ HF SYSTEM FOR PA PRESSURE MONITORING

If you have a pulmonary artery (PA) pressure monitoring sensor, taking PA pressure readings may be part of your daily routine. Your CardioMEMS™ HF System comes with the equipment you need, including a quick-start guide that will lead you through the setup process. Be sure to follow any instructions your doctor gives you.

USING YOUR CARDIOMEMS™ HF SYSTEM

See how to set up, operate, clean, repack, and troubleshoot your CardioMEMS™ Patient Electronics System.

SYSTEM UNIT AND ANTENNA

The system is portable, but most patients set it up in their bedroom for maximum efficiency. Electric blankets and waterbeds can cause interference with the system. If you have either an electric blanket or a waterbed, you may want to take your reading in another room.

The system includes:

  • Antenna: A paddle-shaped antenna inside your pillow, to make it easier and more comfortable for you to take readings.
  • Patient Electronics System: Reads the pressure measurement from your sensor wirelessly. For instructions on setting up the system, refer to the CardioMEMS™ Patient Electronics System guide that was included with the system.

If you are having trouble getting a signal or it is taking longer than usual to set up your CardioMEMS™ HF System, please contact Technical Support at +1-844-MYCMEMS or 1-844-692-6367.

HEART FAILURE FAQS

If you are considering a pulmonary artery (PA) pressure monitoring system, you may have questions. Find answers to common questions below.

WHY WOULD I USE A PULMONARY ARTERY (PA) PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM?

The system sends information to your doctor that he or she can use to reduce your chances of developing new symptoms or going to the hospital.

IS THE CARDIOMEMS™ HF SYSTEM COMPLICATED TO USE?

The system is easy to use, and patients will be trained to use the system before they are released from the hospital. The system also comes with startup instructions and a user’s guide.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO USE THE CARDIOMEMS™ HF SYSTEM?

You will use the system every day to send PA pressure readings to your doctor. It only takes a few minutes.

CAN I HAVE A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) SCAN WITH MY PA SENSOR?

You can have an MRI scan under certain conditions. Talk with the doctor ordering your MRI scan to ensure that he or she knows that you have a CardioMEMS™ PA sensor.

Learn more about electromagnetic interference (EMI) and MRI testing.

CAN I PASS THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY OR ANTI-THEFT SYSTEMS WITH MY PA SENSOR?

Yes; your sensor will not alert or be affected by airport security or anti-theft systems that require you to pass through a metal detector or scanning machine.

We provide an ID card and a letter that contain relevant information related to your device, which you can show to security and airline personnel when traveling.Download the letter and visit the patient ID card page for more information.

Learn more about electromagnetic interference (EMI) and MRI testing.

WILL MY PA SENSOR INTERFERE WITH MY PACEMAKER OR IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD)?

No; if you have a pacemaker or ICD, your PA sensor will not interfere with those devices, even when you are taking a reading.

If you have additional questions that are not covered here, visit our frequently asked questions about heart failure treatment and cardiac devices.

Find answers to more frequently asked questions.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

CardioMEMS™ HF System

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Brief Summary: Prior to using these devices, please review the User’s Manual for a complete listing of indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, potential adverse events and directions for use.

Indications and Usage: The CardioMEMS™ HF System is indicated for wirelessly measuring and monitoring pulmonary artery (PA) pressure and heart rate in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III heart failure patients who have been hospitalized for heart failure in the previous year. The hemodynamic data are used by physicians for heart failure management and with the goal of reducing heart failure hospitalizations.

Contraindications: The CardioMEMS™ HF System is contraindicated for patients with an inability to take dual antiplatelet or anticoagulants for one month post implant.

Potential Adverse Events: Potential adverse events associated with the implantation procedure include, but are not limited to the following: Infection, Arrhythmias, Bleeding, Hematoma, Thrombus, Myocardial infarction, Transient ischemic attack, Stroke, Death, and Device embolization.

Refer to the User’s Manual for detailed indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions and potential adverse events.

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