Catholic Medical Center Offers New Heart Monitoring System

NEC member Catholic Medical Center is the first hospital in northern New England to offer a new heart sensor that can improve the lives of those suffering from congestive heart failure. The hospital announced in early March that it had successfully implanted the sensors in two patients.

The sensor, called the CardioMEMS HF System, is installed in the heart’s pulmonary artery. Each day, patients lay on a pillow in their homes which transmits data to their doctors. The CardioMEMS HF System is able to detect increased blood pressure which can be an early warning sign of complications that could lead to hospitalization. Based on the readings of sensor, doctors are able to adjust medication.  The CardioMEMS HF System is an important step in limiting hospitalization while allowing patients to be monitored conveniently and comfortably in their own homes.

“The device has been shown in trials to significantly reduce the rate of re-hospitalization for congestive heart failure. Given the expanding population with the diagnosis of CHF, I imagine this device will be relatively widely used,” said Dr. Robert Capodiupo, director of the Heart Failure Program at Catholic Medical Center’s New England Heart and Vascular Institute.

The New England Council applauds Catholic Medical Center for its work to provide cutting-edge care to its patients.

For more information, please see Catholic Medical Center’s press briefing.

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