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Main Line Health adopts new technology using miniature cardiac monitor

Lankenau Medical Center March 31, 2014 News Releases

Main Line Health has adopted a new cardiac monitoring technology, created by Medtronic, Inc. The Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System is the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available for patients. Lankenau Medical Center has completed several implantation cases, and the other Main Line Health hospitals will be adopting this technology in the coming weeks.

“There is evidence that this new system can be an important tool in diagnosing the cause of stroke,” says Douglas Esberg, MD, Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologist. “The device is monitored remotely without the need for the patient to actively interact with the monitor—meaning they can find answers to their heart-related issues without interrupting their lifestyle. It’s also faster and easier to implant, taking about a minute, requiring only local anesthesia.”

Placed just beneath the skin through a small, minimally invasive 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 Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of a AAA battery (~1 cc), making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. While significantly smaller, the device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient's heart for up to three years.

“This technology will help our patients who are at risk for cardiac arrhythmias” says Peter R. Kowey, MD, chief, cardiovascular medicine, Main Line Health. “This diagnostic device expands upon our commitment of delivering life-saving services with life-changing outcomes in our region.”

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, palpitations, syncope (fainting) and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, for patients at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias, and to look for arrhythmias as a cause for stroke in patients when no other cause is known. The Reveal LINQ system also includes the new MyCareLink (TM) 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.

For more information about the Lankenau Heart Institute, visit mainlinehealth.org/heart .

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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