Lake County’s best place for cardiology care pioneers - April 16, 2015

Courtesy of the Post-Tribune

Being the best place for cardiology care means being on the leading edge of the latest treatments and technologies.

Methodist Hospitals recently debuted a new heart failure management technology, the CardioMEMS HF System. Methodist is the first Northwest Indiana hospital — and the first in all of Chicagoland — to offer this system to heart failure patients.

The system includes a pulmonary artery (PA) sensor, delivery system and Patient Electronics System. The sensor is permanently implanted during a nonsurgical procedure that lasts about 40 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia.

Designed to last a patient’s lifetime, it measures a patient’s PA pressure and heart rate. Increases in PA pressure appear before weight and blood pressure changes, which are often indirect measures of worsening heart failure.

“In the past, heart failure management relied on patients reporting symptoms after heart failure worsened,” says Methodist Hospitals cardiologist Dr. Kais Yehyawi. “Now, CardioMEMS allows us to proactively adjust treatment.”

The CardioMEMS System has already proved to significantly reduce hospital admissions, which directly affect the well-being of heart failure patients.

Patients use the Patient Electronic System to take daily readings, which are sent to a secure website where nurse practitioner Kathy Gjeldum looks for warning trends.

“We get real time data on pulmonary pressure so we know if something’s going on before the patient is even symptomatic,” Gjeldum says.

“Methodist Hospitals is committed to improving patient care and investing in innovative medical technology such as the CardioMEMS HF System,” says Dr. Andre Artis, cardiologist and Heart and Vascular Institute co-medical director. “We are continuously seeking solutions for successful patient outcomes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.”

If you have heart failure, call 219-886-4448 to learn more about the CardioMEMS system.