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Technology is making heart monitors smaller and easier to use

This can capture more data over a long period of time.
This can capture more data over a long period of time.(WJHG/WECP)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 8:31 PM CDT
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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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