Jewish Hospital Celebrates more than 50 CardioMEMS implantations

Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, last month held a celebration for its 50th CardioMEMS HF System implantation, a revolutionary wireless monitoring sensor that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. Jewish Hospital has performed more of these implantations than any other provider in the state, with a total of 53 procedures completed since 2018.

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.

“Traditional methods to prevent heart failure admissions, such as monitoring daily weights and fluid intake, have proven largely ineffective at keeping patients out of the hospital. With CardioMEMS we now have the technology to monitor patients so intensively that we can identify the onset of heart failure before symptoms even begin,” said Dr. Chandhiran Rangaswamy, MD, one of two KentuckyOne Health cardiologists who perform this procedure. “With an 80 percent reduction in heart failure admissions, the CardioMEMS program at Jewish Hospital has transformed heart failure management.” 

Dr. Amir Piracha, MD, reports that one of his patients was once admitted to the hospital three consecutive weeks in a row with congestive heart failure. “But since we deployed CardioMEMS in October 2018, he has had no hospital admissions for heart failure. CardioMEMS has proven to remarkably improve his quality of life, as well as that of so many other patients.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6 million Americans are currently living with heart failure, and that number is expected to increase by 46 percent over the next 15 years. Today, heart failure costs Americans about $30 billion each year, and the costs are expected to rise to almost $70 billion by 2030.