Mini Heart Monitors Help Doctors and Patients

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Cardiologists at Saint Louis University Hospital are now using a new mini-monitor that lets patients go about their lives while doctors keep track of their heart functions remotely.

So how small is this new heart monitor? SLU Hospital cardiology chief Dr. Michael Lim says it’s about one-third the size of a Triple A battery and it’s placed unobtrusively on the chest just under the skin.

“(It’s) a major step forward because of its ease of implantation and decrease trouble from a patient side of things,” says Lim.

Lim says this is good for a number of cardiac conditions.

“Patients who pass out for no explainable reason because a lot of time passing out is related to a heart rhythm problem,” says Lim.

Lim says it’s also good for patients with unpredictable racing heart rates, palpitations or someone who has suffered a stroke without knowing what was the cause.

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