North Shore Implants 1st Heart Failure Monitoring Device

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North Shore University Hospital has become the first hospital on Long Island and only the fourth in the nation to implant a new wireless heart-failure monitor in patients that alerts physicians of warning signs, according to the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Doctors at the system’s Manhasset-based hospital implanted the CardioMEMS wireless sensor that tracks heart-failure patients’ condition and sends data to treating physicians.

The device, created by St. Jude Medical and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is inserted into the pulmonary artery in a non-surgical procedure. It monitors the pressure in the lungs and detects deterioration in the heart, before changes in blood pressure and weight that often indicate heart failure. The sensor transmits information to the physician’s office daily to warn of a patient’s possible impending heart failure and allow for prompt care before re-admission.

Heart failure occurs when the heart doesn’t pump sufficient blood to the rest of the body. There are 650,000 cases annually in the United States, according to North Shore-LIJ.

Clinical trials showed the CardioMEMS system reduced heart failure hospital admissions by up to 37 percent, according to the system.

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