ORANGE PARK, FL – Orange Park Medical Center is the first facility in Northeast Florida to implant a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure (HF). 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.

Orange Park Medical Center was the first hospital in Florida to receive the 2014 Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award with Honor Roll. In addition, they have a specialized Heart Failure Observation Unit that is open 24/7 for heart failure patients that are being seen by a Cardiologist in an outpatient setting that are in need of immediate relief to avoid an inpatient hospitalization.

“It is wonderful that Orange Park Medical Center is able to provide this innovative technology that can improve outcomes for heart failure patients,” said Dr. Omer Zuberi, a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, who performed the first procedures and specializes in Heart Failure. “The CardioMEMS is a practical addition to our Nationally Recognized Heart Failure Program and it provides broader benefits to patients living with heart failure in Northeast Florida.

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.

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5.1 million Americans have heart failure, with 670,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Patients with heart failure are frequently hospitalized, have a reduced quality of life and face a higher risk of death.

The CardioMEMS sensor is designed to last the lifetime of the patient and doesn’t require batteries. Once implanted, the wireless sensor sends pressure readings to an external patient electronic system. There is no pain or sensation for the patient during the readings. The CardioMEMS HF System 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.

“Orange Park Medical Center is committed to improve patient care by investing in innovative medical technology and top quality practices.” said Kelly Lindsay, Director of Cardiovascular Services. “Orange Park Medical Center wants to find solutions for successful patient outcomes in the diagnosis or treatment of heart failure.”