Alice maintains an active lifestyle. Three years ago, Alice experienced her first fainting episode. As she lost consciousness, Alice fell against a radiator in her home and suffered third-degree burns to her hands, arms, and shoulders.
Alice was transported to a local emergency room, where she was treated for her burns and underwent tests to determine why she fainted. All of the tests were inconclusive.
Over the next 2 years, Alice fainted several more times. She and her family began an aggressive quest to determine the cause of her fainting. Alice's doctor recommended a Medtronic Reveal® Insertable Cardiac Monitor, which could help him to diagnose her condition. The small device was implanted during a short procedure at a local hospital.
Within 6 months, Alice fainted again. When she awoke, she reached for her Reveal Patient Assistant, held it over her cardiac monitor, and pressed the button. She immediately scheduled an appointment with her doctor. This time, the Reveal showed that just before Alice fainted, her heart slowed significantly and then stopped pumping for 8 seconds.
Alice's doctor recommended that she receive a pacemaker to keep her heart beating normally. Since receiving the pacemaker, Alice hasn't had another fainting episode and has returned to her active lifestyle, without skipping a beat.
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