It is easy to see, but it is better to foresee: a case report on the favourable alliance between CardioMEMS and levosimendan

Valeria Visco, Cristina Esposito, Paolo Vitillo, Carmine Vecchione, Michele Ciccarelli

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Abstract

Background: In the past years, different devices have been investigated to help in identifying early decompensation events in patients with heart failure (HF) and reduced ejection fraction (EF), reducing hospital admissions. In this report, we present the first patient experience with levosimendan infusion led by CardioMEMS.

Case summary: A 68-year-old man with HF and reduced EF with more than 20 hospitalizations for exacerbation of HF was enrolled in our HF Clinic from October 2017. Echocardiogram showed a dilated left ventricle with severely reduced EF (29%) and increased pulmonary artery systolic pressure (40 mmHg). From October 2017 to May 2019, the patient went through numerous hospitalizations, despite optimal medical therapy; subsequently, was adopted a strategy of levosimendan infusions guided by CardioMEMS. Levosimendan infusions improved haemodynamic and pressure profiles. The patient was monitored daily by CardioMEMS, and from June to December 2019, he had only two hospitalizations scheduled for levosimendan infusion and none for HF exacerbation.

Discussion: Our case supports the combination of CardioMEMS and levosimendan for the optimal management of patients with advanced HF. These results further strengthen the development of a randomized clinical trial to demonstrate the clinical usefulness of this device in combination with the levosimendan infusion programme in advanced HF patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Heart Journal - Case Reports
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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