“He really feels better. Mom said he was singing in the bedroom the other day. He hasn’t done that in a long time!”
Tommy Gregory was experiencing Congestive Heart Failure. The fluid buildup caused by his heart not being able to pump effectively was causing many symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, swollen legs and rapid heartbeat.
Gregory’s Cardiologist, Dr. Fernando Boccalandro, recommended cutting-edge medical technology called CardioMEMs HF System. This little sensor is a heart failure monitoring system. Simply put, it is an apparatus that alerts the doctor if a patient’s heart failure is getting worse, often times before the patient has any symptoms. The stent is equipped with small radio transmitting wires. It is placed in the pulmonary artery, just as a regular stent would be. The patient, while living day to day life, simply places the pillow under his back for a short amount of time. The pulmonary artery pressures are sent to the cardiologist’s office so that the physician can determine necessary medication modifications. By proactively correcting problems, the patient will be able to avoid additional trips to the doctor’s office or hospital.
One of Gregory’s daughters, Connie Aguirre, said the CardioMEM procedure has really helped her dad. “I think it is a great thing,” Aguirre said. “It’s so helpful to have someone to tell him exactly how to regulate his medicines before it runs into a problem. It is even helping to balance his health issues.” Quality of life can be greatly improved from the CardioMEM procedure as well as from the many other cardiovascular procedures performed by the highly trained healthcare professionals in the MCHS Center for Heart Disease.