84: Just a Number
Joseph Zjawin, 84, of Newark, NJ, exclaimed he felt like “a new man”
now more confident in managing his Heart Failure following the placement
of the CardioMEMS heart failure (HF) System at Clara Maass Medical Center
(CMMC) in Belleville, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.
In late May 2015, Joseph was the first patient to receive the device at
an Essex County facility, making CMMC the first hospital in the county
to implant the only FDA-approved Heart Failure monitoring device proven
to significantly reduce hospital admissions.
This new system allows patients to transmit daily sensor readings from
their homes to physician offices, allowing for personalized and proactive
heart failure management to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization.
According to Elie Y. Chakhtoura, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director of the Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory, CMMC, who performed the procedure, the CardioMEMS
HF System features a sensor that is implanted in the Pulmonary Artery
(PA) on the right side of the heart through a catheter in a patient’s
groin. “The entire procedure takes less than an hour,” he adds.
“Once the sensor is implanted, it immediately begins to monitor PA
pressures, which often increase in Heart Failure patients before the more
common external indicators of weight and blood pressure changes appear,”
explains Joseph’s cardiologist, Donald G. Rubenstein, MD, New Jersey
Cardiology Associates, Barnabas Health Medical Group. “This alerts
us to crucial pressure changes up to 21 days prior to other symptoms appearing,
allowing for earlier intervention to prevent worsening Heart Failure.”
To transmit data to Dr. Rubenstein’s office, Joseph simply positions
himself on a special pillow provided by CardioMEMS and follows verbal
instructions given by the electronic system. The process takes less than
one minute each day. “It’s easy to operate and works beautifully,”
When asked about the procedure Joseph says, “I was back home within
a few hours and had no restrictions. Technology is awesome!”
As the first patient to have a new type of Heart Failure monitor implanted
at Clara Maass Medical Center, Joseph Zjawin, 84, of Newark said he feels
like “a new man”.
There is no better feeling than knowing I was able to help Joseph manage
his cardiac issues with confidence through this procedure. In late May,
he became the first patient to receive the FDA-approved CardioMEMS Heart
Failure monitor at an Essex County facility.
About the size of a dime, this Heart Failure monitor is proven to significantly
reduce hospital admissions. And, I am proud to say that Clara Maass is
the first hospital in the county to provide it.
The CardioMEMS system features a sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary
artery during a procedure that takes less than an hour. Once the sensor
is implanted, it allows the patient to transmit daily readings from their
home to physician offices. To transmit data to his cardiologist, patients
like Joseph simply position themselves on a special pillow and follow
verbal instructions given by the electronic system. The process takes
less than one minute each day and allows for earlier intervention to prevent
worsening Heart Failure.
Elie Y. Chakhtoura, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Clara Maass Medical Center
Stories like Joseph's are made possible in part thanks to generous
donations for Cardiac Care. As a nonprofit organization, Clara Maass Medical
Center relies on your support to continue giving the best care to our patients.