Prisma Health continues to provide innovative care for Heart Failure patients and is proud to lead the country in implementation of the CardioMEMS HF System, a wireless device that allows heart failure patients to monitor their pulmonary artery pressure from the comfort of their home.
Since its initial launch at Prisma Health five years ago, 426 devices have been implanted in patients, helping doctors observe and proactively treat symptoms of worsening heart failure remotely. This is the most implantations of any healthcare system across the country, with outstanding care resulting in improved quality of life, substantial reduction in Heart Failure hospitalizations and emergency department visits.
The sensor is implanted with a short outpatient procedure of approximately 30 minutes. The sensor sends important information to the team of Heart Failure specialists at Prisma Health to help guide patient care. In addition to reduction in Heart Failure hospitalizations and ER visits, patients have significantly improved quality of life with the knowledge their Heart Failure is being actively managed.
“Use of this implant and technology has allowed our patients to spend more time at home while also receiving constant monitoring and treatment from our team of providers. This consistency of care is always a benefit to our patients, and during the pandemic, this has been even more helpful to our patients who are trying to reduce their risks,” said Dr. Barry Feldman, Chair of the Heart and Vascular service line at Prisma Health. “This recognition reinforces Prisma Health’s leadership role as the most comprehensive cardiology program in the state of South Carolina, offering more innovative services to help ensure quality outcomes in heart failure.”
Patients are eligible if they continue to experience Heart Failure symptoms despite adequate medical management. Physicians determine treatment based on considerations such as weight, telecommunication capability, access to care, social support, comorbidities and others.
This is one tool utilized in the comprehensive evaluation by the only Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Heart Failure Certified Center in the state that allows patients more time to be home, with their families. This designation signifies the dedication of the Prisma Health Heart Failure teams to follow patients across the care continuum while in the hospital, at home or even while traveling. Telehealth, remote monitoring and many other technologies are all evaluated by the cardiology team as potential options for a thorough Heart Failure plan.
CardioMEMS is currently the only FDA-approved pulmonary artery sensor available for treatment. According to a study published in The Lancet, the CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only clinically proven heart failure monitor proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospital admissions and improve quality of life. Additional studies have continued to show substantial clinical benefit with reductions in hospital admissions by 58 percent over an average of 12 months.