The device, which is about the size of a paper clip, monitors a child’s heart rhythm 24 hours a day.
Dr. Garnreiter said, “It really goes in very easily.”
Evie Blanton, 15, is a high school sophomore in Edwardsville. She is also a heart patient.
Blanton said, “It’s kind of scary. At first, it’s really scary.”
She was dealt a tough hand in life when it comes to her heart. At any moment, she can suffer unusual rhythms, whether she’s running or sitting still.
“Kind of feels like you’re on a roller coaster at the top of the peak and then suddenly you drop. It’s like the breath is like ‘oh my gosh’ and it starts beating really fast.”
She’s used other heart monitors and procedures in the past but the problem is still there. In a few weeks, the new device, made by Medtronic, will be inserted under her skin. The data collected is much more reliable than older equipment.
Dr. Garnretier said, “The pictures are clearer, the tracings of the heart rhythm with the new device.”
Evie’s mother, Jennifer Lechevalier, says “Oh, it’s good because we want to fix this and move on.”
The procedure is less risky, no surgery is needed and it only takes minutes.
Blanton said, “If it will solve everything then it’s awesome.”
She undergoes the procedure the middle of June.