Las Vegas, NV Feb. 16, 2016 — MountainView Hospital now offers patients 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 first CardioMEMS procedure at MountainView Hospital took place last week, by Dr. James Mock, cardiologist and MountainView Past Chief of Staff.
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.
Monitoring of patients will be centralized at MountainView Hospital’s new Heart Failure Clinic – the first of its kind in Las Vegas.
“Heart failure patients require intensive monitoring and follow-up appointments,” said Dr. Ali Rahimi, MountainView Hospital Heart Failure Clinic Medical Director. “The MountainView Hospital Heart Failure Clinic allows the patient to have additional access to medical care, for monitoring, preventative strategies and if needed, intervention.”
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,” said Dr. Mock. “This new technology allows us to monitor patients in real time, allowing for intervention sooner, ultimately resulting in better patient outcomes.”
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. The CardioMEMS HF System allows the patients to transmit critical information about their heart failure status to a clinician on a regular basis, without the need for additional clinic or hospital visits. This provides clinicians with the ability to detect worsening heart failure sooner and adjust treatment to reduce the likelihood that the patient will need to be hospitalized.
“MountainView Hospital is committed to improving patient care and investing in innovative medical technology such as the CardioMEMS HF System,” said Chris Mowan, MountainView Hospital CEO. “With our new Heart Failure Clinic, coupled with the CardioMEMS HF System, we are finding solutions for successful patient outcomes in the diagnosis or treatment of heart failure.”
The CardioMEMS HF System, from global medical device manufacturer St. Jude Medical, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial use in the U.S. For more information, visit heartfailureanswers.com.
To reach MountainView Hospital Heart Failure Clinic, please call: 702-962-9550.
About MountainView Hospital:
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas, one of the fastest growing areas in the Valley. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV
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