Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Julie Solberg


CardioMEMS; Heart failure; Traditional management; Pulmonary artery pressure monitoring; Hospital admissions; Cost effectiveness; Symptom management; Natriuretic peptides


The purpose of this research and literature review is to compare the efficacy of traditional medical management of heart failure patients to management using the implantable CardioMEMS device. The cost-effectiveness of the CardioMEMS device was also evaluated. For the literature review, the data bases of Cochrane, PubMed, Clinical Key, and DynaMed Plus were utilized. Because the CardioMEMS device is relatively new and has not gained widespread use among heart failure patients, there is limited data available in regards to research completed on patients with the implantable device. The time frame of search results related to CardioMEMS was extended to 10 years to include the original clinical trials and research for the device. After a thorough review of the available research, it was concluded that the CardioMEMS device is an effective method for monitoring pulmonary artery pressures as well as for preventing hospital admissions. The research data has also proven the device to be cost-effective as well. However, the device may not be appropriate or cost effective for patients with end stage heart failure or limited life expectancy. Overall, additional longitudinal studies related to the efficacy of the CardioMEMS device would be beneficial.