Community Memorial Hospital is now performing a procedure that implants a new, miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure. 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.
The CardioMEMS HF System features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery during a non-surgical procedure to directly measure PA pressure. The new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings wirelessly from their homes to their health care providers .
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.
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 a secure internet site that the physician can visit to review readings. There is no pain or sensation for the patient during the readings.
Data from a clinical trial showed that the CardioMEMS technology reduces heart failure hospital admissions by up to 37 percent.
For more information or to be referred to a physician authorized to perform the procedure please call the CMH Cath Lab at 652-3031.
The Cancer Program at Community Memorial Hospital is seeking individuals interested in becoming certified Reiki practitioners. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “Life force energy” is low, then we are more susceptible to illness and stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The next training is scheduled for September 21st from 9am to 5pm at the Cancer Resource Center at Community Memorial Hospital.
Lunch will be provided. Cost is $18 per person for materials and needs to be paid at the start of the training. Also seeking trained and certified Reiki practitioners and Reflexologists willing to volunteer at the cancer center.
If you have an interest in volunteering please contact the CRC at 652-5459. They request that interested individuals be able to volunteer 4 hours per month for at least a year long commitment.