New heart monitor offers relief for patients at Highland Hospital

Updated: 02/26/2014 11:20 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 8:38 PM WHEC.com

A heart monitor that allows patients to live their lives more freely than before has made its way to Rochester.

Highland Hospital says it’s the first in our area to put the "LINQ" implantable loop recorder in a patient.

The device is only about the size of a paper clip.

News10NBC is told that compared with other heart monitors, doctors use a less invasive procedure to put it in.

Doctor Chad Teeters explained how this device works.

“The purpose of the device is to watch for either heart rhythm issues that only happen every so often, or in people who we think may have a heart rhythm issue that could be causing things like a stroke. This device can pick up that rhythm and it watches 24/7 and has a battery life of three to three and a half years,” said Dr. Chad, Highland Hospital.

Amanda Sperrin now has one of these monitors. She says she's been dealing with heart arrhythmias since 2007 after undergoing open heart surgery.

Sperrin says this heart monitor is much different than others she's had.

“There are monitors that stick to your skin. You can't shower with them. You can't get wet with them. So it’s uncomfortable to sleep with them, to always have them connected to you. So to have this, that's implanted, you don't have to really carry anything around with you, you don't have to worry about the stickers coming off and getting a more direct accurate reading,” said Sperrin.

Unlike others, this monitor also gives daily reports to doctors through a cellular device that communicates wirelessly with the monitor. If readings are outside of normal parameters, the monitor sends an alert immediately.

It’s something that gives Sperrin peace of mind.

“I'm actually looking forward to the opportunity for them to be able to track my health and have a better access to it and if there is an issue within the day. He'll get an alert, I'll get an alert, and we'll change our medications accordingly,” said Sperrin.

To read more about this device, click here.

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