University Health Shreveport becomes first in NWLA to offer new heart failure monitoring solution

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SHREVEPORT – University Health Shreveport is the first facility in Northwest Louisiana to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure.

The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure.UH Logo_Shreveport_full color_hor

The CardioMEMS HF System features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure.  Increased PA pressures appear before weight and blood pressure changes, which are often used as indirect measures of worsening heart failure.  The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from their homes to their health care providers, allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5.1 million Americans have heart failure, with 670,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  Patients with heart failure are frequently hospitalized, have a reduced quality of life and face a higher risk of death.

To see how CardioMems is being used at University Health Shreveport please check out the following University Health News Network story http://bit.ly/24rodQZ.