CVMC First in Area to Offer New Heart Failure Solution

CVMC Heart Failure Specialist, Sara Paul, DNP, FNP holds the Cardiomems device which is approximately the size of a large paper clip.

CVMC Heart Failure Specialist, Sara Paul, DNP, FNP holds the Cardiomems device which is approximately the size of a large paper clip.

Heart failure is one of the most common reasons why people age 65 and older are admitted into the hospital. Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to work adequately to send blood to the organs and muscles of the body. Patients with heart failure are frequently hospitalized, have a reduced quality of life and face a higher risk of death. In a continuing effort to provide patients with the best quality of comprehensive care, Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) is proud to be the first in the region to offer a new wireless heart failure solution. The CardioMEMS Heart Failure System, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2014, allows the patients to transmit critical information about their heart failure status to a clinician on a regular basis, without the need for additional clinic or hospital visits. This provides clinicians with the ability to detect worsening heart failure sooner and adjust treatment to reduce the likelihood that the patient will need to be hospitalized. It allows the doctors and nurses to treat the patient proactively rather than reactively after symptoms have already developed.

Image provided courtesy of St. Jude Medical, Inc.

Image provided courtesy of St. Jude Medical, Inc.

“The CardioMEMS system increases the quality of life for our patients who suffer from heart failure by allowing us to monitor them daily and adjust their therapies as needed. Following this proactive approach, we minimize the number of times patients have to be admitted to the hospital,”said Sara Paul, DNP FNP, at Catawba Valley Cardiology.

Catawba Valley Cardiology staff come to you with a combined 110+ years of experience. We provide general cardiology, peripheral interventions, pacemaker implantation, interventional cardiology and heart failure management. Catawba Valley Cardiology is ready to be your first line of defense in guarding your most valuable possession of all: your HEART!

See our article in the Hickory Daily Record: Saving Time Saves Lives CVMC offers breakthrough wireless implant for heart-failure patients.

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