Lauren's Story

When Lauren was 7 years old, she fainted on the monkey bars during recess at school. After asking Lauren many questions, Theresa, Lauren's mom, thought the fainting spell was an isolated event. When Lauren continued to faint, Theresa knew she needed to search for answers.

Theresa called Lauren's paediatrician to discuss Lauren's fainting spells. She was told that it's normal for some kids to experience fainting. "How can this be normal?" asked Lauren's mom. Lauren's doctor had her undergo many tests, which provided no answers.

Because other tests didn't give enough information to make a diagnosis, Lauren's doctor decided to give Lauren a Medtronic Reveal® Insertable Cardiac Monitor. This implanted monitor allowed Lauren's doctor to continuously record the heart's rate and rhythm, which provided Lauren's doctor a view of what happened when Lauren fainted.

On Lauren's ninth birthday, she fainted while climbing a cargo net at a pizza parlor. Lauren was hanging upside down from her ankle and her dad quickly climbed up to get her down.

During this episode, the cardiac monitor captured information on Lauren's heart. Upon reviewing this information, Lauren's doctor learned that Lauren's heart was beating too fast, causing her to faint.

The next day Lauren received a Medtronic defibrillator to safeguard her heart. At 13, Lauren made the Honour Roll and took up dance. Since the defibrillator was implanted, medication has prevented Lauren from fainting.

"The defibrillator is there as a backup," said Lauren's mom. She added that it's nice security that she and Lauren's dad appreciate very much.

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This story reflects one person's experience. Not every person will receive the same results. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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