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Heart Monitoring Sensor

Heart Monitoring Sensor

Largo Medical Center is the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to perform the implantation of the CardioMEMS Heart Failure sensor. It is used to assist physicians with monitoring patients who have failing hearts while they are at home.

This miniature sensor, monitors wirelessly. It is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a minimally invasive procedure to directly measure PA pressure. The system allows patients to transmit PA pressure data from their homes to their health care providers allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.

What is Heart Failure?

When the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body's demands, blood pressure within the heart is elevated, leading to heart failure (HF). Significant HF progression over a period of days is known as acute decompensation and leads to hospitalization. According to the American Heart Association, the estimated direct and indirect cost of HF in the U.S. for 2012 was $31 billion and that number is expected to more than double by 2030.