A TEESSIDE hospital has become the first in the Cardiologist
Laurence has been suffering from an irregular heartbeat - causing blackouts - for a number of years, but medics have yet been unable to diagnose why the 54-year-old suffers with the condition. Now it is hoped that the Medtronic Reveal LINQ device will be able to be pinpoint why.
Traditionally doctors would have implanted a loop recorder the size of a USB stick into a patient's chest to monitor their heart rate.
If the patient experienced a blackout they would then use a separate device to freeze the recording which could then be assessed by a consultant at the hospital. The new monitor offers all the same benefits but is a tenth of the size - making it much more comfortable and less noticable under the skin.
It also talks wirelessly to a receiver in the patient's house, which automatically transmits any unusual heart activity via a wireless 3G signal to a secure system. That can then be accessed instantly by the heart team at the hospital who can then contact the patient if they need to see them.
Laurence, who works in storage and lives in Evenwood,
"I now just have to go back in a month once they have seen some of the data. Hopefully they will be able to tell me what is causing this."
He added: "The whole team were fantastic. I would have thought I was the 350th patient to have this done, not the first."
The Medtronic Reveal LINQ device comes complete with its own implant kit which means there's no need for surgical kit and scalpels.
The procedure requires an incision of less than 1cm which can then simply be "glued" back together.
Dr Linker said: "From my perspective it was a much simpler and quicker procedure and it was very easy to do.
"From a patient's point of view the device is much smaller so it is more comfortable and you get a much better cosmetic result.
"And because it does everything the previous device did it is a winner all round."
A TEESSIDE hospital has become the first in the