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MUSC implants first mini cardiac monitor in child
Contact: Heather Woolwine
March 26, 2014
CHARLESTON – The Medical University of South Carolina is the first institution in the Southeast to implant pediatric patients with the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System (REVEAL LINQ™ ICM), the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available.
Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of an AAA battery (~1 cc), making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs currently available and perfect-sized for pediatric patients. The device is part of a system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years, with 20 percent more data memory than its larger predecessor.
MUSC pediatric cardiologist and assistant professor Nicole Cain, M.D., surgically implanted three of the devices last week, marking the first set of implant surgeries in the Southeast. Placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than 1 cm in the upper left side of the chest, the Reveal LINQ ICM is often nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted. The device is placed using a minimally invasive insertion procedure, which simplifies the experience for both physicians and their patients. The Reveal LINQ ICM is MR-Conditional, allowing patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) if needed. To see photos and additional resource links, visit: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/pr/newscenter/2014/heartmonitor.html#.UzLbP8dz8aY
In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system provides remote monitoring through the Carelink® Network. Through the Carelink Network, physicians can request notifications to alert them if their patients have had cardiac events. The Reveal LINQ ICM is indicated for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, syncope (fainting) and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, and for patients at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias. The Reveal LINQ system also includes the new MyCareLink ™ Patient Monitor, a simplified remote monitoring system with global cellular technology that transmits patients’ cardiac device diagnostic data to their clinicians from nearly any location in the world.
About MUSC Children’s Hospital
MUSC Children's Hospital is one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric medical centers in the Southeastern United States. Three Neonatal Nurseries provide Level II and Level III care for pre-mature and newborn term infants and we offer the only pediatric burn center in the state. Using a family-centered approach, families are not considered visitors, rather essential participants in care and decisions that affect the total healing of the child. Our extensive network of caring professionals, entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children, are driven by a commitment to adaptability and outcome accountability. Respect, dignity, information sharing, participation and collaboration are at the core of our culture. In 2012, our pediatric emergency department received a Level I trauma designation as a result of patient volume, skilled clinicians, and a multidisciplinary approach. U.S. News & World Report now ranks our pediatric heart program among the top 25 and our pediatric gastroenterology and nephrology programs among the top 50 in America. For more information about MUSC Children’s Hospital, visit www.musckids.com or www.muschealth.com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MUSCKids and follow us on Twitter @MUSCkids.