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HEART MONITORS IN MINATURE ! Monitors the size of two matchsticks set the pace for swift attention.

Updated on February 24, 2014


Never a week goes by without news of new medical advances being notified. So frequent in fact that it is often the case that we become almost blase about new solutions to long held problems.

However, most of us sit up and take notice when advances relating to cardiac functions are involved. We know that, for sure, if our pump malfunctions then serious problems develop, and often far too quickly for any comfort, or indeed treatment to be given.

Over the last 50 years research has ploughed a steady furrow in establishing function and mal- function of the heart. What was once revolutionary is now commonplace. Take for example the Echocardiagram, or ECG as we all tend to call it these days. Once this equipment was considered cutting face technology ,whilst today it is common place with thousands of patients daily wired up to a portable device in hospitals which produce a printed read out of heart activity in less than 5 minutes,to help Consultants know with what they are dealing.

The ECG machine picks up on the electrical pattern of heart rate and thus detects any heart irregularities. Magnificent though the machines were in their day and still invaluable right now, new developments make it possible for a patient to effectively carry around with them and without even noticing, their own updated version of an ECGmachine, 24/7.


These new monitors in minature are a key advance in detecting heart irregularities at an early stage, Especially important is the contribution they can make in helping Doctors diagnose early, conditions such as ARRYTHMIA and other lfe threatening heart problems.

Without correct diagnosis, Doctors are helpless and the swifter the diagnosis the greater the chance the Doctor has of instituting correct treatment and also the greater the chance for that treatment to be effective in controlling or repairing the problem.

In simple terms it is no use giving a patient with a broken leg an aspirin tablet to heal the fracture. By the same token. plastering the head of a migraine sufferer is unlikely, to say the least, to remove the patient"s pain.

The new minature monitors greatly enhance the actual activity of the heart reaching the Doctors swiftly, correctly and enabling them to use their expertise in the most efficient of manners to enable the patient to lead as normal a life as whatever the condition revealed will allow.

A combination of the new technology , swift availability of the data identifying condition and the expertise of the Doctor dealing with the case at hand , all make for significant advance in the treatment of heart condition problems and for that we can all rejoice.


News reports now confirm that it is possible for monitors to be "injected" into the body of the patient in a simple procedure taking less than 5 minutes. This provides for a heart monitor in minature to be placed in the body. A small, 5mm incision into the chest of the patient above the heart is made to enable the surgeon to insert into the chest at this point, a "plunger" containing the minature monitor and thus place it in the position reqired. The plunger is then removed and the shallow incision is glued together to complete the procedure. The device , called REVEAL LINQ INSERTABLE CARDIAC MONITOR costs around £1,500 and has a battery life of 3 years. It has the appearance of a computer memory stick, but is just the size of 2 matchsticks making it suitable for use in even very young patients.

In a recent use, two 7 year olds were so fitted to enable Consultants to monitor their heart function to see if they may have inheirited a potentially fatal heart condition from their mother.


Just as an ECG machine provides a printed out copy of data achieved, with the new implant data is transmitted wirelessly to a portable base station wherever the patient lives. One patient, one base sation is the drill and so as soon as the patient is around 3 metres from their own station, data is downloaded effortlessly to the Consultant . The patient has nothing to do.

The only thing required of the patient is to remember to take their base station with them if they are not returning home within 24 hours. In this way, early notice of symptoms is transferred to the relevant Medical Practitioner in a way not possible previously.Earlier, more bulky versions around 7 times the size of the new monitors required more input from the patient and were less aplicable thus for younger patients.


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