Small, wireless device provides long-term remote monitoring to help physicians diagnose and monitor irregular heartbeats.
Sharp Grossmont Hospital recently became one of the first hospitals in the region to successfully implant a patient with a new miniaturized cardiac monitor, the smallest device of its kind in the world. Roughly one-third the size of a AAA battery, the Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) helps physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor patients who are at risk for cardiac events 24/7.
Dr. Ronald Goldberg, a Sharp Grossmont-affiliated cardiologist, has implanted the device in two different patients (as of March 2014). “Because the monitor is so small, it’s easy to insert, more comfortable for patients and the process only takes about one minute,” said Goldberg. “The first person who we implanted couldn’t believe we were done so quickly.”
He added that, “This is a miniaturized version of previous technology that provides continuous monitoring. Patients who have unexplained symptoms like fainting spells, which typically happen sporadically, are recorded as they happen. So we know exactly what’s going on around the clock and a patient can be diagnosed.”
Eighty percent smaller than similar monitors currently used, the Reveal LINQ ICM was cleared for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late February 2014. The device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years. It is used for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, syncope (fainting) and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, and for those at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias.
The device is implanted just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than one centimeter in the lower left side of the chest and is nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted. In addition, the procedure is outpatient and minimally invasive, simplifying the experience for both physicians and their patients.
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