April 10, 2014

Providence Hospitals first in South Carolina to implant new heart monitor

Providence Hospitals recently became the first hospital in South Carolina to implant the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), a miniature device that it is barely visible after being implanted. The ICM’s small size means a less invasive surgical procedure for patients, which leads to faster healing. The device uses wireless monitoring technology to simplify short- and long-term monitoring of an irregular heartbeat.

Dr. Manish Jain and Dr. Venkateshwar Gottipaty, electrophysiologists at South Carolina Heart Center, performed the implant procedure March 19.

According to MedTronic, Inc., the manufacturer of the miniaturized monitoring system, the Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of a AAA battery, making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. It continuously monitors the heart and is paired with a small handset that offers real-time feedback on the patient’s heart conditions.

“This is a win because now the least invasive monitoring technology is available for our patients,” said Jain. “We are proud to be the first in the state to perform this procedure.”

“By offering this long-lasting, smaller device, we can improve the quality of both the experience for the patient and the data we are gathering so that we can better diagnose existing problems and warning signs,” said Dr. Gottipaty.

Providence Hospitals is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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