New flash drive sized heart monitor tracks irregular heartbeats

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-A device smaller than a flash drive could keep people from dying of heart problems.  Dr. Jason Garnreiter is a Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center cardiologist who is one of the first doctors in the Midwest to use the tiny piece of equipment called the Reveal LINQ.

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.

1 Comment

  • bhatmahesht

    How this device interacts with human being? How does it can give alerts when irregular heart beats?
    Is it directly connected to hospital or doctor or interacts with patient only? Or does it just store in its memory?

    Nice to know that it requires no surgery and takes only few minutes to install in the human body. Probably in the future such kind of devices might able to solve the heart problems too. I hope so

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