Southside Hospital Procedure Allows Remote Monitoring of Heart Failure Patients

Patients suffering from heart failure now have a Southside Hospital physician constantly monitoring their vital signs with the help of a new procedure.

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 symptoms of heart failure.

Thanks to the early warning, a patient’s medication can be changed immediately to correct the problem and prevent the need for a hospital readmission. The CardioMEMS sensor transmits information to the physician’s office each day to help proactively manage the patient. The information can also be securely monitored from a doctor’s mobile phone or laptop. The device will allow subtle changes in pressure to be detected almost in real time, which will allow unparalleled communication between patients and their doctors.

“Patients with heart failure, their families and their physicians are vigilant in monitoring daily weights and sodium intake; variations and excess can result in worsening heart failure," said Puneet Gandotra, MD, director of cardiac catheterization laboratories at Southside Hospital. “With this device, a physician can detect a subtle change in someone’s vital signs that would signal deterioration in their health and work to quickly correct it before it could be detected otherwise.”

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 and Huntington Hospital.

For more information about CardioMEMS and other cardiology services at Southside Hospital, call 631-591-7400.