West Hills Hospital
April 10, 2014

Small, Wireless Monitor Provides Long-Term Remote Monitoring to Help Physicians Diagnose and Monitor Irregular Heartbeats

WEST HILLS, CA — Three area residents with heart problems are walking on their own with a newfound peace of mind today, thanks to a new, state-of-the-art monitoring device they each had inserted at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center yesterday, April 9, 2014. The device is the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) System—the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available.

This procedure is a first in Los Angeles County and the San Fernando Valley, performed successfully by Dr. Aamer Jamali, an Interventional Cardiologist on staff at West Hills Hospital. It has the potential to bring immediate quality of life to these three patients: Richard J. McDougall of Agoura Hills, 71; Argelia Hernandez-Rivera of Canoga Park, 74; and Ronald Poniewaz of Simi Valley, 44.

The Reveal LINQ ICM is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart activity for up to three years from virtually any location. The device is placed just beneath the skin in the upper left chest, needing a 1-centimeter incision. Dr. Jamali believes that the procedure will take less than 10 minutes to complete once it becomes more common.

“Thanks to its smaller size, the implant process time is significantly shorter and less invasive,” said Dr. Jamali. “Once activated, the device allows patients to transmit their EKGs straight to my office from anywhere in the world with the click of a button. It has the potential to make diagnosing difficult-to-detect cardiac issues much more efficient, as well as provide patients freedom from the tethers of diagnostic equipment.”

The system provides remote monitoring through the Carelink® Network, alerting physicians to cardiac events in their patients immediately, as well as providing their offices with EKG downloads every 31 days. The Reveal LINQ ICM is intended for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, syncope (fainting) and chest pain that may suggest a cardiac arrhythmia, and for patients at increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias. It may also help physicians determine how to treat patients with no known causes for their stroke incidents.

About West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility located in West Hills, CA, has served the West San Fernando Valley for more than 50 years. With 450 expert physicians and a staff of 900 that brings outstanding service to every bedside, the Hospital offers a full complement of advanced technology, compassion and responsive care for the improvement of human life. West Hills Hospital was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Los Angeles County, and also provides specialized care in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Services, Cardiac Catheterization Labs and The Grossman Burn Center. For more information on Quality Care, Close to Home, visit www.WestHillsHospital.com.

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