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Remote Monitoring to stay ahead of Heart Failure

Managing Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition where the heart gets weaker over time. You usually don’t know that it is getting worse until symptoms start, but there is a way for your care team to identify when your heart failure is getting worse, even before you start to have symptoms.

When your heart is too weak to pump effectively, fluid builds up and this causes pulmonary artery (PA) pressure to increase, which is an early sign that your heart failure is getting worse. The CardioMEMS™ HF System can help your care team remotely monitor your PA pressure. Based on the data from the pulmonary pressure monitoring system, they can make adjustments to your medications or recommend lifestyle changes – even before you notice symptoms like shortness of breath, swelling or weight gain.

EARLY HEART FAILURE TREATMENT IS IMPORTANT AND CAN HELP KEEP YOU OUT OF THE HOSPITAL

The CardioMEMS HF System is a clinically proven PA pressure monitor that reduces heart failure hospitalizations and improves quality of life.1 This is important because each time you’re hospitalized for heart failure, your heart is damaged. That damage may contribute to your heart failure getting worse.2

Early treatment for heart failure is essential. This chart shows the progression of heart failure and where pa pressure changes can be observed.

How the CardioMEMS HF System works

  1. Using a common surgical procedure, a tiny pressure-sensing device gets inserted into your pulmonary artery.
  2. A home electronic unit about the size of a queen-sized pillow lets you take daily PA pressure readings from the comfort of your home.
  3. The system sends these readings to your heart failure medical team through a secure website.
  4. Your care team reviews the readings and contacts you if a particular action or adjustment is necessary.


Regular monitoring helps you and your care team identify proactive treatments to help you live more and worry less.

Watch a video about how the CardioMEMS HF System works

Talk to your doctor about your heart failure monitoring and treatment options.

Talking to your doctor about heart failure can feel overwhelming, but it’s extremely important. Your doctor may discuss a variety of treatment options with you based on your heart failure symptoms, stage, and overall health.

Make the most of your time with your doctor by preparing before your appointment.

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60101-3
  2. Gheorghiade, et al. Pathophysiologic Targets in Early AHFS. The American Journal of Cardiology. September 19, 2005;96(6A).

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