CIS Performs First CardioMEMS Implant at Iberia Medical Center

First CardioMEMS at IMC

Pictured from left to right are: Froi Villanueva, RN; Kady Cart, MSRS, RT (R); Shane Murff, RT; Brian Carline, RT; Dr. Ujjwal Rastogi; Lucas Corona, RN; and Romy Broussard, RN.

NEW IBERIA- Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) interventional cardiologist, Dr. Ujjwal Rastogi, is the first at Iberia 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. Abbott's 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

“With this system, we are able to closely monitor our patients with heart failure,” said Dr. Rastogi. “It allows us to bring them better quality of life and reduce their risk of ending up back in the hospital.”

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