Pictured from left to right are Natalie Cantrelle (Abbott rep), Wyatt Stewart RT, Dr. Niksad Abraham, Ian Fitzgerald RN, Ben Schuler RN, and Chad Clement RT
BATON ROUGE- Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) interventional cardiologist, Dr. Niksad Abraham, is the first at Baton Rouge General Medical Center to use the CardioMEMS™ HF System to treat heart failure.
The CardioMEMS™ HF System uses a miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor, no larger than the size of a small paperclip, which is implanted through a minimally-invasive procedure directly into the patient's pulmonary artery to directly measure pressure. While at home, patients lay on a special pillow for about 18 seconds to wirelessly take a pressure reading. Data from the sensor is collected through radiofrequency to the pillow's antenna and is sent securely to the physician through the patient management website. A physician can then proactively adjust medications and treatment plans if needed, and ultimately reduce the chance of hospitalization.
For the 5.7 million people who suffer from heart failure in the U.S., changes in the blood pressure through the pulmonary artery can indicate worsening heart failure—even before symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight gain are reported. CardioMEMS HF System redefines this traditional approach to care by allowing physicians to remotely monitor pressure changes before the patient's symptoms progress. This personalized approach allows physicians to more proactively manage a patient's care while reducing the likelihood of hospitalization.
Benefits of the CardioMEMS HF System include:
- Your doctor and care team can use the sensor information without you needing to visit the clinic or hospital
- It is simple and easy to use
- The sensor does not need a battery or replaceable parts
“This is a breakthrough for heart failure patients,” explained Dr. Abraham. “It allows us to more closely monitor our patients with heart failure, bringing them better quality of life while reducing their likelihood of hospitalization.”