The Reveal® XT insertable cardiac monitor from Medtronic for suspected arrhythmias.
An insertable cardiac monitor is a small device that continuously monitors your heart rhythms and records them automatically. The device, which is no larger than a pack of gum, is implanted just beneath the skin in the chest area during a simple procedure.
The insertable cardiac monitor is programmed to monitor your heart’s activity continuously in the form of an electrocardiogram (ECG). In addition, there is a hand-held patient activator. When your symptoms occur, you immediately place the activator over the cardiac monitor and press a button. This triggers the device to record the heart’s signal before, during, and after your spell of symptoms.
If a heart-rhythm related cause is found, your doctor may recommend therapy based on the exact cause.
The Reveal XT system consists of:
The insertable cardiac monitor is the gold standard for determining causes of infrequent, unexplained fainting or atrial fibrillation. Because the heart monitor is placed under the skin, you do not have to use sticky recording pads on your skin or worry about connecting any wires. Your insertable cardiac monitor can be used for up to 3 years. So, it increases the chance of capturing your heart signal during an episode of atrial fibrillation. Other types of heart monitors are attached on the outside of your body for only 2 to 60 days.
Medtronic offers the Reveal XT Insertable Cardiac Monitor to help your doctor determine whether abnormal heart rhythms are the cause of your symptoms. If they are, the monitor may also help your doctor to decide on the best treatment for you.
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