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Memorial Hospital Testing Portable Device For Heart Failure Patients

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Memorial Hospital's main entrance on University Blvd.

Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville is testing a portable heart-monitoring device that cardiologists say could improve the lives of heart-failure patients.

The CardioMEMS Heart Failure system uses a sensor implanted in an artery to wirelessly transmit blood pressure and heart rate data to a doctor while the patient stays at home.

Memorial started sending the devices home with test patients in August.

While the devices are currently available only to a very specific set of heart failure patients, researchers are expanding the study to include those with a broader range of symptoms.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the study can call the Sarah Cannon Research Institute at 904-702-6530.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.