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Lenox Hill Hospital is First in Manhattan to Implant New One-of-a-Kind Insertable Cardiac Monitor

April 29, 2014

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Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is the first hospital in Manhattan to implant a new insertable cardiac monitor (ICM), the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device currently available.

Nicholas Skipitaris, MD, director of electrophysiology, and Kabir Bhasin, MD, attending electrophysiologist, recently implanted the innovative cardiac monitor in a 34–year old Manhattan woman.

The LINQ ICM, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February, is approximately the size of a thick matchstick, making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. The device is used for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations, fainting and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, as well as for those at an increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias.

The patient treated by the Lenox Hill Hospital electrophysiology team has had a history of unexplained fainting episodes for more than 10 years, despite exhaustive diagnostic evaluations. She is at an elevated risk for several cardiac conditions, making her an ideal candidate for this new monitor. By implanting the device, the physicians are hoping to determine the cause of her recurrent fainting spells.

“The LINQ ICM is a truly innovative monitoring device and a dramatic improvement over previous generations of this apparatus, which were cumbersome, required up to 30 minutes to implant, left a visible scar and did not transmit data,” said Dr. Skipitaris. “This device brings together the best of technology and science allowing us to treat our patients more efficiently and without interrupting their daily life.”

The device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart and receive alerts if a patient has suffered a cardiac event. The system includes a simplified remote monitoring system with global cellular technology that transmits patients’ data to their physicians from nearly any location in the world.

Positioned just beneath the skin, the LINQ ICM is often virtually imperceptible to the naked eye once implanted. A minimally invasive insertion procedure  takes only seconds, simplifying the experience for both physicians and their patients. In addition, the device allows patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests with no need to remove it.

About Lenox Hill Hospital:
Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the nation’s top 50 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Ear, Nose and Throat, and among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 10 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. It is also recognized nationally as a leader maternal/child health and offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties.  For more information, go to www.lenoxhillhospital.org.

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