Although new heart technology and surgery procedures are becoming more and more commonplace, that doesn’t make them any less remarkable – just ask any patient with the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor. The state-of-the-art device continuously records the heart’s activity and is smaller than an AAA battery. Implementation requires a small incision that can be covered by a Band-Aid, which is significant considering surgeries in the past required a large incision and general anesthesia.
The device is a new generation version of loop recorder technology; the technology has been around for decades and keeps track of heartbeat changes 24 hours a day. Early loop recorders required wires outside the body, and patients couldn’t take a shower or expose the wires to any type of moisture. With the new technology, the monitoring capabilities are greater and the recovery time is nearly obsolete.
The incision size has shrunk from two or three centimeters to three millimeters, and the monitoring capabilities can be set up within specific parameters; for example, if a patient’s symptoms indicate increased heart rate, the device can be set to record a high heart rate specifically. Then, when the patient arrives at the doctor’s office, a paired handset downloads the recordings from the device.
Additionally, the new technology can turn the implanted device into a pager that can send a notice directly to the physician if a patient has abnormal heart rhythms. With the new technology, surgeons and the surgical technologists who work alongside them hope they’ll be able to help more patients around the world.