Sonora, CA — Sonora Regional Medical Center is one of the first four hospitals in the state to offer a new type of heart monitoring system.
The most common way to monitor a heart problem has typically been to strap on an external device that would record heart rhythms, for a period of about 2-3 days.
The hospital reports that the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System is 1/3 the size of a AAA battery and allows for continuous, and wireless, monitoring of a patient’s heart for up to three years.
The new monitor is placed beneath the skin, through an incision less than one centimeter, in the upper left side of the chest. Dr. Eric Hemminger, a cardiologist at SRMC, was selected to be one of the first physicians in the state to use the technology.
“This system provides me with the automatic notifications within 24 hours of a patient experiencing arrhythmia,” says Dr. Hemminger. “This gives us the opportunity to intervene before a major problem, such as stroke, occurs.”
SRMC claims the technology is “revolutionizing medicine,” and provides long-term heart rhythm monitoring for the first time.