LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jewish Hospital has become the first health care facility in Louisville to offer a new wireless monitoring system designed to manage heart failure, according to a news release from KentuckyOne Health.

"The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure," the news release states. "The CardioMEMS HF System features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery (PA) during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure. Increased PA pressures appear before weight and blood pressure changes, which are often used as indirect measures of worsening heart failure. The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from their homes to their health care providers, allowing for personalized and proactive management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization."

Emma Birks, MD, PhD, FRCP, of U of L Physicians and the Center for Advanced Heart Failure & Thoracic Transplantation at Jewish Hospital, explained the importance of the system.

"This innovative new technology has the potential to significantly improve our ability to manage heart failure and go beyond tele-monitoring of weight, blood pressure and similar metrics," Birks said. "Better monitoring will help us reduce hospitalizations, but more importantly, reduce the progression of heart failure and improve the quality of life for these patients."

Two male patients, ages 58 and 59, were implanted with electronic devices on Dec. 7, at Jewish Hospital, according to the news release. Both men had been diagnosed with ischemic cardiomyopathy.

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