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Sanford Heart Hospital offers new CardioMEMS technology

Heart failure management system reduces number of hospitalizations

CardioMEMSSIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Heart now offers the CardioMEMS Heart Failure Management System which is proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospitalizations and improve quality of life.

Heart failure is a common condition that gets worse with time.  It’s caused by damage to the heart that makes it difficult to pump enough blood to your body.  This has been one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations in people over the age of 70. Typically, a heart failure diagnosis leads to several medications, and doctors will monitor weight and blood pressure.  In some cases, a cardiac resynchronization therapy device is recommended.

CardioMEMS simplifies that process and allows physicians to more closely monitor patients.  That’s made possible by a small sensor, no bigger than a dime, which is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) in a minimally invasive procedure.  Once in place, the patient can take and send readings from home using a special electronic pillow.  Studies show that PA pressure is a good indicator of worsening heart failure, and patients whose physicians used the CardioMEMS HF System had fewer hospitalizations than patients who did not.

“What’s significant for patients with heart failure is CardioMEMS now gives us daily readings on how the body is responding to medications and other therapies,” said Orvar Jonsson, M.D., the only board-certified heart failure cardiologist in the region and director of the Heart Failure Clinic at Sanford Heart Hospital.  “This information allows us to make proper adjustments to best treat the patient as we strive to keep them healthy, active and out of the hospital.”

More than 5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with heart failure, often caused by coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Mexico and China.

Sanford Health includes 43 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North Dakota and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives, including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.


Shawn Neisteadt
Sanford Health Media Strategist
(605) 366-2432 / shawn.neisteadt@sanfordhealth.org
@SanfordShawnN