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Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dan L. Musat, M.D., attending physician at Valley’s Arrhythmia Institute, with the newly approved miniature heart monitor.

The LINQ: Miniature Implantable Heart Monitor

The Valley Hospital is among a handful of hospitals in the nation and the first in New Jersey to implant a newly approved tiny wireless heart monitor that is expected to be a game-changer for patients and doctors. Indicated for use as a diagnostic tool for people suffering from recurrent fainting, heart palpitations, unexplained stroke, atrial fibrillation, or shortness of breath, the Reveal LINQ™ system has the potential to revolutionize the way cardiac and stroke patients are monitored and cared for.

With 795,000 Americans suffering a stroke every year, the device allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart to ensure early and accurate diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias (or irregular heartbeats), which increase the risk for stroke. About one-third the size of a AAA battery and almost 90 percent smaller than similar devices on the market, the device, the LINQ Reveal implantable cardiac monitor, is slipped just beneath the skin with a syringe-like device through an incision that is less than ½ an inch in length. It continuously and wirelessly monitors the heart for up to three years and notifies physicians if patients have significant cardiac events between regular medical appointments. It is also MRI-compatible, allowing patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging if needed.

“It takes about five minutes to implant the device using a local anesthetic,” said Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dan L. Musat, M.D., attending physician at Valley’s Arrhythmia Institute. “There is no need for general anesthetic, the device is not visible in most patients, and patients go home after about an hour,” said Dr. Musat. The device has the ability to communicate wirelessly via a small tabletop remote monitoring station while patients sleep, allowing them to continue living their lives normally, even away from home.

“This is one of the most innovative new technologies to emerge in cardiology in the last decade,” says Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of the Electrophysiology Lab at Valley. “It is so discreet that most patients will not even know it is there and can go about their lives without interruption or discomfort from the device,” Dr. Mittal said. “It truly is a game changer.”

 

 
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