Heart failure is one of the main causes of senior hospitalizations. Failure to diagnose and treat heart failure timely can be fatal. A revolutionary device, the CardioMEMS implant has the potential to save the lives of many and 70 year old Eugene Santore from Queens, NYC, is the first patient to receive it.
When the first signs of hearth failure appear, the device, which monitors the pressure in the patient’s heart and transmits readings by email to the patient’s doctors, can be a life saver. Heart failure is often diagnosed too late because the patient doesn’t notice it until he or she experiences difficulty breathing because the high pressure has reached the lungs. This is the reason why so many heart failures are fatal.
The Cardiomems device is also very useful for doctors to adjust medication dosage, in the case of Eugene Santore, doctors have already adjusted his dosage of diuretics to help his body flush out excess water. Read more in the NY Daily News