Managing Heart Failure

Patients with a new heart failure device and new lease on life joined their family members and doctors and nurses at North Shore University Hospital to celebrate the one year anniversary of the hospital’s CardioMEMS program. The device, made by St. Jude Medical, is a wireless monitoring sensor about the size of a small paperclip that is inserted into a patient’s pulmonary artery to measure pressure in that artery. Patients manage their health at home by lying on a special sensor pillow that transmits data to the heart failure team at North Shore. If there is an issue, clinicians call patients about a reading and may suggest diet or medication changes thus reducing hospitalizations. Heart failure affects about five million Americans.

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