Cardiologists Using New Device During Surgery

At Sutherland Cardiology Clinic, three cardiologists have employed a new method and device into their heart surgeries. Keith Anderson, James Litzow, Claro Diaz have successfully planted an FDA approved heart failure monitoring device into a patient. The patient’s name is William Brown who is a two year cardiac risk patient. The device is known as the CardioMEMS HF System. The successful procedure took place at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, located in Germantown, Tennessee.

The CardioMEMS HF System has been tested and proven to to reduce hospital admission when used by physicians to manage heart failure drastically. The device was developed by St. Jude Medical, which is a Minnesota-based device manufacturer.

Currently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention peg 5.1 million Americans as heart-risk individuals will heart failure. They also report 670,000 new cases of heart failure each year. These people are frequently hospitalized and have a lower quality of life and high probability of early death.

The CardioMEMS HF System is designed to last the patient’s whole life and does not require batteries for power. The device has a wireless sensor that sends pressure readings to an external system. The reading that are submitted to the other device allow alert physicians and detect any other symptoms and keep a close eye on the patient’s health. These readings allow the doctors to adjust their plans accordingly to best help the patient.

Keith Anderson was quoted in saying “We constantly are searching for new technology that can help heart failure patients live long, fulfilling lives. “CardioMEMS helps improve the outcome for heart failure patients and gives us the opportunity to closely monitor them using a physician-lead team based approach. If an issue arises, we can intervene quickly.”

-Tyde Pavlinik

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