Las Palmas Medical Center has announced that it is the first hospital in El Paso to implant Medtronic’s Reveal LINQ insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) system in a patient.
Also known as a loop recorder, the Reveal LINQ ICM system is used in patients with atrial fibrillation. According to Medtronic, Reveal LINQ is the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available that monitors cardiac rhythms on a loop.
Approximately one-third the size of a AAA battery, the device is placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than 1cm in the upper left side of the chest. The device allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years.
The system provides remote monitoring through the Carelink Network in addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities. Through this network, physicians can request notifications to alert them if their patients have had cardiac events.
Las Palmas Medical Center board-certified electrophysiologist Dr Francisco Gonzalez said: "Through a minimally invasive insertion procedure, this loop recorder gives atrial fibrillation patients comfort knowing that their heart is constantly being monitored."
Image: Medtronic world headquarters in Minneapolis, US. Photo: Courtesy of Medtronic Inc.