Features December 2017 Issue

Tiny Device Can Have a Big Impact on Heart-Failure Management

Known as an “early warning device,” the implantable CardioMEMS monitor helps heart failure patients feel better and stay out of the hospital by alerting doctors to rising pulmonary artery pressures, the first signs of fluid build-up and worsening disease.

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.

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