Tiny device allows doctors to track heart rhythm for years

Have you ever fainted?  Fainting, called syncope in medical terminology, can be a sign that something is wrong with a person's heart.  So if you faint, doctors take it very seriously.  Now they have a tiny new device, smaller than a Triple A battery, that can track your heart rhythm and transmit that information to your physician.

The LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor is a game-changing tool for doctors like Dr. Arun Kundra from Carolina Cardiology.  "The patient will transmit from this device to a central monitoring station that contacts the implanting physician who is monitoring the patient.  So we can immediately review their heart rhythm," Dr. Kundra explained.

The ICM has been around for some time but was always much bigger than this new smaller version.  Now patients who visit Piedmont Medical Center's ‘cath lab' who suffered dizziness, heart palpitations, or fainting, can have it implanted in minutes.  Dr. Kundra is a cardiac electro physiologist – which is basically a heart detective.  He has to interpret information from the device and figure out what's causing a patient's problems.

There are monitors with lots of wires but can be cumbersome and uncomfortable.  They are usually only worn for a few days.  The LINQ ICM is tracking your heartbeat in real time for up to three years.

The added benefit to this LINQ ICM, according to the doctor, is there is no surgery, or blood work, or down time.  A quick trip to the Piedmont Medical in Rock Hill and in less than 3 minutes your heart rhythms are being recorded and that critical info accessible instantly.

Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill was the first medical facility in our region to start implanting this new smaller ICM.

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