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The implant wasn’t painful, he said, “like a stretching feel when they put it in. I still feel the bump there, but if I don’t see it, I don’t know it’s there.”
Until now, Remole said, the standard way to diagnose what was happening for many patients was to have them carry around a tiny monitor in their pocket, attached by wires to sticky electrodes on the skin of their chest. The monitor records heart rhythms for a day or two. Others can record for up to a month. But problems are missed. The Linq works constantly.
“The real beauty of this is that it works by itself,” he said.
Recent data that suggest continuous monitoring may better detect atrial fibrillation in patients who have had a stroke may also increase the number of patients who are recommended for the device, Remole said. Last month, results were released of a Medtronic-sponsored study that showed that the Reveal XT — or the Linq — may help doctors prevent those patients from having a second stroke.
The idea, Remole said, is to find answers. “People come to you, they want to know what’s going on,” he said. “What this does is it makes me more confident we are going to get an answer. It lessens the hand of chance.”
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