Technology is making heart monitors smaller and easier to use
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Technology is making heart monitors smaller and easier to use for patients.
For doctors to find out if a patient has an abnormal heart rhythm, they have to conduct a few tests.
Usually, holster monitors are worn first. Those can only be worn for a day or two. These monitors can miss an abnormal rhythm because they are worn for such a short time.
A new device called LINQ can be implanted under the skin to monitor heart rates. The device is tiny, about the size of a paper clip, and is better at catching abnormal heart rhythms.
“Compare wearable device for four weeks and LINQ for three years,” said D.O. Nghia Hoang, a cardiologist. “After one year the detection rate for AFib for people already having a stroke is 15% versus four-week wearable device is about 4.7%.”
The procedure to implant the LINQ has also gotten more convenient and can be done at a doctor’s office instead of the hospital.
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