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Trinity Medical Center first to implant smallest medical device

trinity  Birmingham, AL (March 13, 2014)Trinity Medical Center   became the first hospital in Alabama to implant in a patient the smallest insertable cardiac monitoring device available. Timothy Lee, MD, cardiologist, implanted the device in a 64-year-old, male patient on Wednesday. 

“Trinity’s first priority is providing patients with high quality, safe and effective care through practices that improve outcomes and the patient experience,” said Keith Granger, CEO of Trinity Medical Center.  “Trinity has a long history of providing ‘firsts’ in cardiac care to patients and will continue to make advancements in technology available to physicians and patients.”

The insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) is approximately one-third the size of an AAA battery, making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs. While significantly smaller, the device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years, with 20 percent more data memory than its larger predecessor.  

In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system provides remote monitoring.  Through the monitoring network, physicians can request notifications to alert them if their patients have had cardiac events. The monitoring device is indicated 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.

This ICM monitor can help patients find answers to problems that may be heart-related without interrupting their lifestyle. The simplified procedure and insertion tools make the device faster and easier for physicians to implant, which may expand access to more patients needing long-term monitoring.

Placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than 1 cm in the upper left side of the chest, the monitor is often nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted. The device is placed using a minimally invasive insertion procedure, which simplifies the experience for both physicians and their patients.

The new ICM system also includes the new patient monitor, a simplified remote monitoring system with global cellular technology that transmits patients’ cardiac device diagnostic data to their clinicians from nearly any location in the world. 

About Trinity Medical Center
Trinity Medical Center is a tertiary care hospital serving residents of Birmingham and surrounding communities. The hospital offers programs and services in all medical and surgical areas. This includes oncology, cardiology, robotic surgery, orthopedics, neurology, women’s health, mental health, digestive diseases, geriatrics, physical medicine and rehab, sports medicine, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and emergency care.  Trinity has been honored by The Joint Commission as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®, a distinction honoring exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thrombo embolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

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