Tiny Device Can Have a Big Impact on Heart-Failure Management
CardioMEMS warns of the need to relieve fluid retention by making medication adjustments long before symptoms appear.
Patients with heart failure take a variety of medications to help their heart do its job. Keeping these medications in balance with the body’s changing needs is an ongoing challenge. Physicians generally rely on clinical symptoms to make treatment decisions, but by the time patients complain of shortness of breath or swelling in the legs, their heart failure may have significantly worsened. Sometimes, hospitalization is necessary to bring their symptoms under control.