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Heart Failure Program Including New CardioMEMS Procedure

More than five million Americans live each year with heart failure. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump blood the way it should. It develops over time as the pumping of the heart grows weaker. Mary Washington Healthcare is dedicated to helping patients with heart failure live better lives. We have developed a comprehensive heart failure program to promote the health and well being of our patients and their families, providing them with the life skills needed to manage their condition successfully.

New CardioMEMS Remote Monitoring Implant for Heart Failure Patients

Abbott CardioMEMSMary Washington Hospital is now offering a new miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to manage heart failure (HF). The Abbott CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device clinically proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure.

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for Americans over age 65. This device allows patients to remotely share daily sensor readings from their homes to their healthcare providers, allowing for personalized care to reduce the likelihood of hospitalization. Innovative telehealth, like the CardioMEMS HF System, reduces the need for in-person appointments. Data from a recent clinical trial found that the remote monitoring technology reduces heart failure hospital admissions by up to 58 percent.

Inpatient Heart Failure Care

An admission to the hospital may be your first introduction into our coordinated heart failure program where a specialized group of professionals are available to provide services to include cardiology, hospitalists, nursing, nutritional services, pharmacy, and physical/occupational therapy, care management and palliative care.

During your stay, we will provide you with heart failure education and will make sure you and your family understand your treatment plan. In addition, our nurses will provide you with written information about heart failure, including a daily weight calendar, as well as answer your questions.

Our professionals will also work with you to determine what needs you may have following discharge. When necessary, our nurses and care management staff will assist you in making arrangements to ensure you receive the necessary care after you go home.

Outpatient Heart Failure Maintenance

To facilitate continuous care after leaving the hospital, we have put programs in place in the community to help our patients manage heart failure and reduce their trips to the hospital.

  • MWHC Nurse Advice Line - When heart failure patients are discharged from the hospital they can expect to receive a phone call from one of our experienced nurses to ensure they understand and are following their discharge instructions, follow up appointments, medication management and more. You can also call the nurse advice line at 540.741.1000, 7 days a week (7:00 a.m. to midnight).
  • MWHC Home Health Services - For patients that are homebound, our home health team can provide disease management services directly to the patient at home. Nurses with advanced training in heart failure can provide medication management, answer questions and educate patients and their families on how to manage symptoms. Dietitians, social workers and rehabilitation specialists are also part of the Home Health team. Please call 540.741.1667 or visit for more information.

Our Quality

The Heart Failure Program at Mary Washington Hospital is committed to continuous quality improvement.

Mary Washington Hospital has realized success in improving patient outcomes. While we are here to provide you care when you need it, our goal is to also educate you and your families to manage your condition, reducing the need for frequent and recurring hospital admissions.

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