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Published on November 14, 2018

MidMichigan Offers Advanced Monitoring System for Heart Failure

Photo of the CardioMEMS HF Implant System.

CardioMEMS™ HF System

MidMichigan’s Heart Failure Program is now offering heart failure patients an advanced monitoring system to help manage their chronic condition. The CardioMEMS™ HF System is designed to measure changes in the pressure of blood through a patient’s pulmonary artery. Pressure changes in blood flow within the pulmonary artery, which are responsible for moving blood from the heart to the lungs, can be an indicator that a patient’s heart failure condition is worsening.

The CardioMEMS System, developed by Abbott, consists of a small pressure-sensing device that is implanted directly into the patient’s pulmonary artery. Once implanted, the sensor measures and transmits the patient’s blood flow pressure and heart rate. A special electronic receiving unit allows patients to take daily readings and wirelessly transmit the data to one of MidMichigan’s Heart Failure Clinics.

“The data allows members of the patient’s heart failure care team to closely monitor any changes in their condition,” said Jeffrey Martindale, D.O., F.A.C.C., program director of MidMichigan’s Heart Failure Program. “By identifying changes early, before symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain occur, adjustments can be made to the patient’s medications and treatment plan to more effectively manage their heart failure. By proactively monitoring and managing the patient’s condition, we can also reduce their chance of hospitalization for heart failure.”

MidMichigan’s Heart Failure Program was developed in collaboration with the University of Michigan and is based on best practices for treating patients suffering from chronic congestive heart failure. The program is designed to assist patients in monitoring responses to treatment, modifying behaviors, adjusting medications, coordinating care with their cardiologist and primary care provider and facilitating referrals for advanced heart failure treatments. Current Clinic locations include Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Midland and Mt. Pleasant. Additionally, an Alpena location will be added in January 2019.

Those interested in learning more about MidMichigan’s Heart Failure Clinic locations should visit www.midmichigan.org/heartfailureclinic. Those who would like to inquire about CardioMEMS HF System may call (989) 794-5200.