New device to detect irregular heartbeats

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The latest medical device is designed to monitor a patient’s irregular heart beat. It’s the smallest tool available to help detect arrhythmias.

It’s a technically advanced device implanted in the patient to record an irregular heart rhythm so doctors can figure out what’s going on and what course of action to take.

For ten years now Cynthia has lived with an irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia.

“It just felt like my heart was beating out of my chest,” said Cynthia, a patient.

But a recent episode was severe and it included blacking out.

“It just doesn’t happen that often, so that’s why I’m opting for the implant,” said Cynthia.

Cynthia opted to undergo an outpatient procedure so that Dr. Edmond Cronin at Hartford Hospital can implant the smallest loop recorder with a battery life of three years designed to capture her irregular heart rhythms in real time.

“Its about figuring out what exactly is going on.  She has infrequent symptoms but they are reasonably severe too so we really want to know what’s going on,” said Cronin.

Dr. Cronin is using the latest version of the loop it’s 90 percent smaller than the older one, it has 20 percent more memory and is inserted in less time.

In just a matter of minutes the implant is complete with a smaller incision.

“I’m going to inject right under the skin,” said Cronin. “It’s picking up a good signal.”

Now ready to record any irregularities.

“The monitor is wireless and so if any event happens, this monitor picks it up and will actually transmit that wirelessly over the internet and that information can be received at the doctor’s office,” said Cronin.

A relieved Cynthia is ready to go home.

“There was some pressure but no pain at all,” said Cynthia .

Dr. Cronin used local anesthesia so Cynthia was wide awake the entire time.  Hartford Hospital was the first in the region to offer the advanced loop recorder.

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