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Southlake Implants First Smartphone-Enabled Insertable Cardiac Monitor in North America



Southlake Regional Health Centre Implants First Smartphone-Enabled Insertable Cardiac Monitor in North America



Newmarket, Ont. – September 7, 2017 – Southlake Regional Health Centre is the first hospital in North America to insert the Abbott smartphone compatible Confirm Rx™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) that helps patients like Olga Pereira manage her heart rhythm and chest pain symptoms.

Olga was experiencing ongoing chest pains, numbness in her left arm, fatigue and rapid heartbeat, along with other symptoms of palpitations. She also has a family history of strokes and heart attacks. On August 29, 2017, Olga was admitted to Southlake to have the first smartphone-enabled insertable cardiac monitor implanted by Dr. Atul Verma.

“With this technology, I have the power to manage my own health through the immediate ability to record any symptoms on my phone through this app,” said Olga. “It is an honour to have been the first candidate to receive this and have this procedure done by Dr. Verma at Southlake, the drive from Toronto was worth it.”

Traditionally, remote monitoring relies on bulky handheld or bedside transmitters. The new interactive app empowers patients, like Olga, to participate in their own care. The app transmits information directly to the heart rhythm team for real-time monitoring.

“Heart rhythm problems are electrical problems of the heart which may be independent of clogging of the arteries, and can be associated with uncomfortable symptoms, risk of stroke, or heart failure,” said Dr. Atul Verma, director, Heart Rhythm Program, Southlake Regional Health Centre. “Remote monitoring is an important diagnostic tool for patients with suspected arrhythmias, and this innovative new smartphone-enabled remote monitoring now enables the patient to see and record any symptomatic events as they happen and have their data automatically transmitted to their clinic in a discreet and easy manner.”

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