AdventHealth Tampa has performed its first wireless monitoring sensor implant to help physicians manage heart failure patients remotely, according to a news release.
The FDA-approved procedure is designed to reduce hospital admissions by 58% and improve quality of life for patients.
“This innovative technology is opening up a new chapter in how we treat patients with heart failure,” said Dr. Oliver Abela, cardiologist at AdventHealth Tampa, in the release.
“We are committed to elevating cardiovascular care in our community and adding (the) CardioMEMS HF System allows us to treat heart failure patients from a distance and, proactively, personalize their medical needs,” said Dr. Abela.
The minimally invasive procedure allows physicians to insert a small sensor (the size of a paper clip) into the patient’s pulmonary artery.
Once implanted, the patient goes home with a queen-sized pillow device that connects wirelessly to the sensor, allowing physicians to monitor the patient’s heart failure status from anywhere.
Patients usually can be discharged from the hospital four hours after the procedure, and can make a full recovery in a week.
The sensor is designed to last the lifetime of the patient and does not require batteries.