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Hunterdon Medical Center Announces First Use of Miniature Cardiac Monitor

Hunterdon Medical Center Announces First Use of Miniature Cardiac Monitor

 Small, Wireless Monitor Provides Long-Term Remote Monitoring to Help Physicians Diagnose and Monitor Irregular Heartbeats

 

Published July 10, 2014

Hunterdon Medical Center announced that it is one of the first hospitals in New Jersey 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 (~1 cc), 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.  

 

“This is a minimally invasive procedure in which the device is placed just beneath the skin through a small incision in the upper left side of the chest.  It is often nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted, explained Andrew Rudnick, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Hunterdon Medical Center.  Dr. Rudnick went on to say, “This procedure is indicated for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, syncope (fainting) and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, and for patients at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias.”

 

Connie Hughes of Ringoes has been looking for a cause to her symptoms which included light headedness and mini blackouts.  When neurological problems were ruled out, she sought help from Dr. Rudnick.  She had the Reveal LINQ ICM placed about two months ago and continues to be clinically monitored.

 

In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system provides remote monitoring through the Carelink® Network. Through the Carelink Network, physicians can request notifications to alert them 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.

 

For more information on cardiovascular services at Hunterdon Medical Center visit, www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/heartandvascular or call Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates at 908-788-6471.

 

 

 

Pictured: Andrew Rudnick, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiologist holding the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available.