New medical technology helps to diagnose signs, symptoms of heart failure

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Being able to catch a disease or illness early can be the difference between life and death. Sanford Health has a new device that can diagnose heart failure early, saving more lives.

The device is called a Cardio MEMS HF System. It allows doctors to catch any symptoms of worsening heart failure early.

Marilyn Hust was diagnosed with congestive heart failure brought on by intense cancer treatments.

"I knew something was happening because I kept falling for no reason. I didn't know what could be causing it," says Hust.

Since her diagnoses Marilyn has received a Cardio MEMS device.

A few days before the signs and symptoms of heart failure worsen, there will be a rise in blood pressure in the lungs. The device is placed in the pulmonary artery and is able to gather data, telling doctors if there's a rise in pressure.

"It's shown to prevent readmissions, improve the quality of life of the patients and there are some newer data suggesting that it might improve life expectancy for people with heart failure," says Dr. Dragos Balf, Sanford Health.

Marilyn has a machine at home that she lays on every day that takes her reading. The reading is then sent back to the hospital for the doctors to review.

She says the device has given her a new lease on life.

"I had fluid before and I had fluid in my lungs and around the heart, and it's reassuring to know that they can be ahead of it," says Hust.

Medical professionals are able to review Marilyn's data, and if there's anything out of the ordinary they can call her in for more testing.

Hust has had the device for over two months and was the first person in Bismarck to be treated with it.