MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center welcomes the first heart monitoring device that helps heart failure patients receive care from the comfort of their home.
"The CardioMEMS is an implantable sensor that's placed in the patient's pulmonary artery that allows us to monitor their fluid status remotely from home," said Lisa Henry a Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner at Mon Health.
CardioMEMS is implanted, during an outpatient procedure, into the pulmonary artery.
The small sensor transmits information to the center wirelessly. In an effort to make patients' daily routine as easy as possible, a special pillow does the work.
"When they lay on the pillow, it will transmit a pressure wave to the sensor in their chest. That will in turn go back to the pillow and be sent to us, here in the office, and we monitor those numbers," said Henry.
Dr. Robert Hull and Dr. Wissam Gharib implanted the health system's first device while also adding it to their new heart failure program.
"CardioMEMS allows us to have really close monitoring of their pulmonary artery
Only two patients have gotten the device implanted at Mon Health and one of them is happy to know he can stay home and receive the care he needs.
"Yes it does. I didn't even know they had such a machine before," said patient, Charles Ridgway.
The device is cost effective and if people don't have access to proper transportation they don't have to worry.
The individual care patients receive makes CardioMEMS unique.
"We just felt CardioMEMS is really cutting-edge technology as far as helping us monitor heart failure symptoms from home. I think that gives the patient some really individualized care," said Henry.
Patients do need referrals from their primary care physician, the emergency room or their cardiologist.
Specialists look at the reports daily and depending on the patient's stability they will monitor it every three days.