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New Cardiac Procedure at RGH

November 17, 2016

Veronica R. Chiesi Brown
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ROCHESTER, NY- Rochester Regional Health’s Sands-Constellation Heart Institute is the first organization in Western and Central New York to implant a new wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure. The CardioMEMS HF System is the only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions related to heart failure.

“This is a revolutionary device that opens a new chapter in heart failure care,” said Dr. Scott Feitell, director of heart failure for Rochester Regional Health’s Sands-Constellation Heart Institute.  “We can now literally bring ICU (intensive care unit) level of care home to the patient.”

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It can cause more frequent hospitalizations, reduced quality of life and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 5.1 million Americans have heart failure and 670,000 people are diagnosed with heart failure each year.   

To use the CardioMEMS HF System, the patient undergoes a minimally invasive procedure during which a monitoring device is implanted. The device tracks pulmonary artery pressure readings from home, helping patients and healthcare providers proactively manage the risk of heart failure. After receiving the procedure, patients are able to return home the same day.

“We can tailor therapy to an individual patient, optimizing their care. It helps patients feel better, minimizing symptoms like shortness of breath and swelling,” Feitell said. “Just as importantly, it helps keep them out of the hospital.”   

Once implanted, the CardioMEMS HF System allows patients to transmit pulmonary artery pressure readings from home by lying on a special pillow for about 20 seconds each day. This allows doctors to observe pressure readings inside the heart and lungs, something previously only possible in a hospital ICU with the use of special catheters.

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