Huntington Hospital Gives Heart Failure Patients Peace of Mind

Paul Maccaro, MD

HUNTINGTON, NY – Heart failure patients at Huntington Hospital can rest assured that someone is constantly watching their vital signs to help them manage their ailment thanks to the hospital’s use of the CardioMEMS device.

            CardioMEMS, which was created by St. Jude Medical, is a sensor placed in a person’s pulmonary artery during a non-surgical procedure. The sensor monitors the pressure in a person’s lungs and detects deterioration in the patient’s heart long before there are changes in a person’s blood pressure or weight, which are also signs to determine if heart failure is worsening.

             Thanks to the early warning, the patient’s medication can be changed immediately to correct the problem and prevent the need for a hospital readmission. The CardioMEMS sensor transmits this information to the physician’s office each day to help proactively manage a patient’s heart failure. The information can also be obtained on a doctor’s mobile phone or laptop.

            “People who have heart failure constantly monitor areas such as their weight to see if their heart failure is worsening, but with this device, they can be assured that a physician can spot the early warning signals that their loved one’s ailment is getting worse and correct it quickly,” said Paul Maccaro, MD, director of the electrophysiology lab at Huntington Hospital.

            More than five million Americans have heart failure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

            The CardioMEMS device is already in use at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

            For more information about CardioMEMS and other cardiology services at Huntington Hospital, please call 631-351-4152.

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