Heart and Vascular Care
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Because of her heart failure, Ruth Brandenburg was in the hospital almost every month. When she wasn’t in the hospital, she always worried that her condition might be getting worse.
“It was pretty hard,” Ruth said. “When you live with heart failure, you are in constant fear of not being able to breathe or that your heart is filling with fluid.”
Trying something new
CardioMEMS is a telemedical heart failure monitoring system that allows a patient’s doctors to measure pulmonary artery (PA) pressure through an implant and from the comfort of their home.
The patient lies on a pillow-shaped device for a few minutes that then sends their PA pressure wirelessly to their care team, who can adjust medication and suggest lifestyle changes that will help lower the pressure without the need for a hospital visit.
Finally feeling safe
Since receiving the implant, Ruth hasn’t been back to the hospital for her condition. More importantly, she is no longer living in fear.
“My life can function better than what it did before,” Ruth shared. “I know there’s not this grand thing that I can go run a marathon or anything like that, but I have peace of mind and am able to live a life that’s not as bleak.”
Because the system is mobile, Ruth is also experiencing a new level of freedom—so much freedom that she and her family just got back from their first-ever family vacation!
“I didn’t make it all the way to the water, but I did get halfway and I was able to sit there with my feet in the sand and watch the kids play in the water with my husband,” Ruth shared. “It was really awesome.”
Thank you, Drs. Clark and Randazzo for being your best for our patients, and congrats on your progress, Ruth!
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