CardioMEMS: Remote Monitoring for Heart Failure Patients
Heart failure is a chronic and progressive condition affecting millions worldwide. It occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood effectively, leading to a backup of fluid that causes a variety of new or worsening symptoms, including shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling in the legs and ankles and difficulty performing everyday activities. Over time, heart failure can lead to serious complications, where the heart may give out altogether, leading to arrhythmias, kidney damage and even death.
CardioMEMS looks for signs that heart failure is getting worse
Healthcare providers usually use certain signs like a patient's weight and blood pressure to detect worsening heart failure, but these signs are late indicators that trouble is ahead. Waiting too long means there will not be enough time to act.
Fortunately, advances in medical technology have made it possible to help patients with heart failure much more effectively, improving patients' quality of life and significantly reducing hospital admissions. One such device is the CardioMEMS heart failure system, designed to help doctors monitor patients' heart function and adjust their medications as needed. Daily readings from the device help cardiologists proactively intervene before you develop heart failure symptoms.