SAINT MARY'S CARDIOLOGY ANNOUNCES FIRST USE OF MINIATURE
CARDIAC MONITOR, REVEAL LINQ™ ICM
Remote Monitoring to Help Physicians Diagnose and Monitor Irregular Heartbeats
RENO, Nev. – Thursday, July 31, 2014 – Saint Mary's Cardiology announced that it is one of the first hospitals in Nevada to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System in a patient, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available. This procedure takes only five minutes to complete and the patient gets to go home the same day of the procedure.
"The first patient to receive the LINQ IMC at Saint Mary's occurred on July 11 and the procedure could not have been more successful," said Richard Bryan, M.D., F.A.A.C., medical director of Saint Mary's Cardiology. "These types of technological advances and devices offer our patients superior care and allow us, as cardiologists to better monitor and treat cardiac symptoms."
The Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of a AAA battery, making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. While significantly smaller, the device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient's heart for up to three years, with 20 percent more data memory than its larger predecessor, Reveal® XT.
In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system provides remote monitoring through the Carelink® Network. Through the Carelink Network, physicians can request notifications to alert them if their patients have had cardiac events or symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, fainting and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, and for patients at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias.
Placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than 1 cm in the upper left side of the chest, the Reveal LINQ ICM is often nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted. The device is placed using a minimally invasive insertion procedure, which simplifies the experience for both physicians and their patients.
This system also includes the new MyCareLink Patient Monitor, a simplified remote monitoring system with global cellular technology that transmits patients' cardiac device diagnostic data to their clinicians from nearly any location in the world.
For more information about this new technology or Saint Mary's Cardiology, please call 775-770-7622 or visit saintmarysreno.com/cardiology.
Saint Mary's Medical Group
Saint Mary's Medical Group is a fully-integrated Medical Group which offers a robust line of services including primary care, urgent care, specialty care and The Clinic at Walmart. Designed to unite a team of board-certified physicians, specialists and nurse practitioners the Medical Group is focused on preventive care and building medical homes. Saint Mary's Medical Group includes physicians who specialize in family practice, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's Medical Group is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit www.saintmarysreno.com/medicalgroup.