"CardioMEMS Keep Patients Healthy"
Six million adult Americans have heart failure: a condition where the heart can’t circulate blood as well as it should. For some patients, an implantable device called CardioMEMS has been an option for doctors to keep a close eye on the pressures inside a patient’s heart. Dorris Jenkins has been living with heart failure for the past two years. Sumeet Mitter, MD, assistant professor of medicine and cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai felt Jenkins would be a good candidate for cardioMEMS. Doctors thread a catheter through a leg vein and deploy the device near the heart. Every morning, patients lie on a special pillow like this which transmits the readings to their cardiologist’s smart phone. According to Dr. Mitter, “If she’s having a bad day I can log in and see, hey are her pressures going up.”
— Sumeet S. Mitter, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist, The Mount Sinai Hospital