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Highland Hospital begins using tiny implantable heart monitor

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On Feb. 26, Highland Hospital announced that it was the first cardiology unit in the area to begin using a new heart monitor, WHEC TV 10 reported. The Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring System, about the size of a paper clip, has a battery life of over three years and is implanted using less invasive surgery than other monitors. The device sends a daily report to physicians using wireless technology, and can send an immediate alarm if it detects a cardiac problem.

The Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring System is classed as an implantable loop recorder. The University of Rochester Medical Center describes the use of an implantable loop recorder for monitoring

episodic heart rhythm issues that occur too infrequently to be captured on a standard wearable device.

The devices manufacturer, Medtronic, claims that the Reveal LINQ is the smallest implantable cardiac monitor available for patients, MDBR posted online. The device received approval for use on Feb. 14 from the Food & Drug Administration. The manufacturer claims that the device is safe for use in an MRI, unlike some other implanted monitors.

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