Dr. Ben-Zur, a southern California Cardiologist, is an expert in placing insertable heart monitors for patients. If you get light-headed or suffer shortness of breath with exertion, you may need to check your cardiac function. Here is what Dr. Ben-Zur and the Cardiologist Institute of Greater Los Angeles have to say about Medtronic’s new invisible Insertable Heart Monitor.
What is it? The revolutionary Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring System is designed to help your doctor quickly diagnose and treat irregular heartbeats that may be related to unexplained fainting. When you see Dr. Ben-Zur in his office, you may get what is called an ECG. In many cases, ECG’s can lead your doctor to the right diagnosis. However, there may be transient problems with your heart that require prolonged periods of monitoring in order to “catch your heart in the act.” The LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring System is designed to do just that in the most comfortable way possible. What makes the LINQ so good for certain patients is that it is the smallest product of its kind on the market, it can gather heart data for up to three years, and it is absolutely safe to use in MRI machines. This means that should you need and MRI for any other conditions, the LINQ will allow you to do so with no trouble. In addition, the LINQ can be placed just under the skin in an outpatient procedure and remain invisible to most patients. Is The LINQ Cardiac Heart Monitor Right For You?
While some causes of unexplained fainting are harmless, others may be serious. Heart-related causes, including abnormal heart rhythms, are among the most serious causes of fainting.
An insertable cardiac monitor observes the heart’s activity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for up to 3 years*. Your doctor can use this information to help determine if the cause of your unexplained fainting may be related to an abnormal heart rhythm. Once the doctor has this information, he or she can decide which treatment option is most appropriate for you.
Answer the following questions to see if your symptoms are typical of patients who might benefit from an insertable cardiac monitor:
- Have you had more than one fainting spell and do not know the cause?
- Have you had infrequent, unpredictable fainting that has happened over time?
- Have you had diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your fainting spells without any answers?
- Are you receiving treatment for fainting, such as medication or lifestyle changes, but the treatment is not helping?
- Do you have heart palpitations or other heart irregularities before or after fainting?
- Does your family history include undiagnosed fainting or sudden cardiac arrest?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, consider asking your doctor if it would be appropriate to refer you to a cardiologist or electrophysiologist. These specialists may help determine whether your unexplained fainting is related to abnormal heart rhythms.
Living with an insertable heart monitor
Your daily activities will continue without issue and you can go about your normal day-to-day schedule.
In general, people who get a Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor can perform almost all their normal activities. If you have a fainting spell after you have your Reveal LINQ cardiac monitor, promptly call your doctor’s office to schedule an appointment to check the information from your cardiac monitor. Your doctor may also schedule periodic office or clinic visits for routine check-ups. Your doctor will simply download the data from the heart monitor at your next visit and determine the next course of action to take in regaining your full health.