FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale is the first in Broward County to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in a patient, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available.
The Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of a AAA battery, making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. While significantly smaller, 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, with 20 percent more data memory than its larger predecessor, Reveal® XT.
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist Rishi Anand, M.D., who serves as the medical director for the Electrophysiology department at Holy Cross Hospital, performed the surgery on Austin Stuart, a 67-year old man from Wilton Manors, Florida, on March 6.
“Often a patient’s heart must be monitored over time to determine what may be the cause of his or her symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations and fainting,” Anand explained. “A recent study showed that the time to diagnosis was reduced by 79 percent for patients with implantable long-term heart monitors who experienced arrhythmias as compared to those with non-implantable monitors.”
Heart rhythm disorders, also called cardiac arrhythmias, can sometimes be managed with simple lifestyle changes. Others, such as when a patient experiences recurrent fainting, palpitations, unexplained stroke or atrial fibrillation, can be more serious and potentially life threatening.
Implanted using a minimally invasive insertion procedure, Reveal LINQ ICM is placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than one centimeter in the upper left side of the chest, and is often nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted.
Following the procedure, patients can continue with normal daily activities such as bathing, swimming and other physician-approved exercise. Patients can also undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if needed.
In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system provides remote monitoring through the Carelink® Network, which can alert physicians if their patients have had cardiac events.
The Reveal LINQ system also includes the new MyCareLink™ Patient Monitor, a simplified remote monitoring system with global cellular technology that transmits patients’ cardiac device diagnostic data to their clinicians from nearly any location in the world.
The Medtronic Reveal LINQ ICM was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February. Learn more about the services offered at Holy Cross Hospital's Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center by visiting HolyCrossHeart.com.
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