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Miniature heart monitor could help prevent future strokes

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 27 2014 09:12:27 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 28 2014 04:45:36 AM CST

Doylestown Hospital is the first hospital in the state to use the world's smallest cardiac monitor.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -

Doylestown Hospital is the first hospital in the state to use the world's smallest cardiac monitor.

The Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System is small enough that it can be injected underneath the skin and allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient's heartbeat for up to three years.

“We can follow these devices remotely, so a patient could be at home with an arrhythmia or maybe even having a stroke and we can monitor their rhythms from afar,” said Dr. John Harding, an electrophysiologist at Doylestown Hospital.

Holly Jankowitsch underwent her LINQ implant after suffering a mini stroke and hopes the new technology will help doctors figure out what caused it.

“I'm very happy to have this opportunity to have this implant so early on and help diagnose what's going and hopefully have no more residual strokes or affects,” she said

Not only is the previous monitoring device remarkably larger, but Dr. Harding says it would only give a snapshot of the patient's heartbeat and would only allow doctors to retrieve the data about every three months.

Harding says the newer LINQ system provides real time data that can be streamed to the doctor's office, helping to achieve a more accurate diagnosis.

“We can actually get alerts on a daily basis about a patient when they're having an event, which is very powerful information to help patients and to avoid future events,” he said.

A spokesman says Lehigh Valley Health Network also has the LINQ system, but has yet to perform any procedures with it.