Scuba Diving: CardioMEMS™ Implantable PA Sensor

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Effects of Scuba Diving and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on CardioMEMS™ Implantable PA Sensor


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical procedure in which a pressure chamber is used to deliver 100% oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. Scuba diving and Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may increase or decrease pressure gradients. Interference with normal device operation of an implanted CardioMEMS™ PA Sensor as a result of scuba diving or HBOT is not anticipated. It is important to note that the CardioMEMS™ PA Sensor provides no therapy to the patient and is a cardiac diagnostic sensor only.

The CardioMEMS™ PA Sensor has been tested to an absolute level of 2 atmospheres (1 atmosphere gauge pressure, or approximately 14.7 psi, at sea-level) for a duration of 48 hours with no effect on device function. The use of HBOT at levels up to this tested limit should not interfere with or cause permanent damage to a device. In addition, St. Jude Medical has not received any reports of a CardioMEMS™ PA Sensor being adversely affected by scuba diving or HBOT.


Exposure to absolute pressures of up to 2 atm or the equivalent depth of 33 feet of saltwater (1 atmosphere above ambient sea-level pressure) should not have any effect on the CardioMEMS™ PA Sensor. Pressures beyond 2 atm have not been tested. As the PA Sensor is a diagnostic sensor only, exposure to HBOT pressures greater than 2 atm should be weighed based upon patient need.

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact St. Jude Medical CRM Technical Services.

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