Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center is the first facility in Glendale to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure (HF). 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. 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.
“Our first commitment is to the health and safety of our patients. The CardioMEMS HF system can not only increase patient care and quality of life, it can save lives,” said Santo Polito, M.D., medical director of the heart center at Glendale Memorial Hospital “Our cardiologists and care team members now have a new, important tool, which can be used to communicate critical, life-saving information and enhance patient communication.” Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands.
The CardioMEMS sensor is designed to last the lifetime of the patient and doesn’t require batteries. Once implanted, the wireless sensor sends pressure readings to an external patient electronic system. There is no pain or sensation for the patient during the readings.
Glendale Memorial Hospital is located at1420 S. Central Ave. in Glendale.