Worlds Smallest Implantable Heart Monitor from Medtronic

On the way out??
Medtronics Current Implantable Loop Recorder

What is the New Medtronic Heart Monitor?

The new device is an Implantable Loop Recorders (ILR) – ILR’s are subcutaneous (live under the skin) recorders designed to constantly monitor the heart rate and rhythm. If they see something they don’t like they record an electrogram, this is a little like an ECG rhythm strip and allows a healthcare professional to see what the heart was doing at that time. If everything looks normal then they delete that information and forget it. The stored information is then either transmitted over a phone line for a professional to review or the information is downloaded during a clinic appointment.

They are typically implanted in people who have had intermittent or very sporadic cardiac symptoms such as fainting, near fainting, palpitations or lightheadedness. In these patients the symptoms often come and go and can happen as little as once every few years. Implantable Loop Recorders are so useful because they can monitor for around three years, something that external heart monitors can not achieve practically.

ILR’s are regularly detect and record:

Ventricular Tachycardia
Ectopics and
Atrial Fibrillation

So whats so great about Medtronics New Device??

The Medtronic device is ground breaking because it is so small and simple to implant! This means that nurses and physiologists will potentially be able to implant the devices in a clean room in a matter of minutes, moving away from Cardiologists implanting ILR’s in a Cardiac Catheterisation laboratory.

Benefits in real terms?…

  • Money Saving
  • Time Saving
  • More Pleasant Patient Experience
  • Smaller Device and Scar

The butterfly effect?… More implants, greater investigation of arrhythmia, better treatment and more lives saved 🙂

Pretty cool hey!

Tell me more!

Well! as soon as I get the go ahead to unveil all the details on this exciting technological breakthrough I will let you all know the ins and outs in typical PAD Style! Simplified…

I have had the pleasure of trialling the implantation procedure and I could do it… so it does not get much easier! A small puncture and something that resembles an injection (though definitely not an injection) and the device is in place! 
I truly believe the ease of procedure and the size of the unit will increase healthcare’s proficiency in detecting heart rhythm problems.
Until then here is one more video from Australia where the first implant occurred as part of the feasibility study… best estimates suggest the device will be available in the earlier part of next year…

Thanks for reading,

I hope this has wet your appetite…

Time for Lunch

Cardiac Technician

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