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Smartphone Technology Assists in Monitoring Irregular Heartbeats Via An Implantable Heart Monitor at Largo Medical Center
Largo Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the area to use the new Confirm Rx™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), the first and only smartphone compatible ICM designed to help physicians remotely identify cardiac arrhythmias. The first procedure at the hospital was in late January.
“This first-of-its-kind technology assists physicians in quickly identifying some of the most difficult forms of heart arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation,” explained Malay Gandhi, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Largo Medical Center. “In turn, the information I receive assists me in creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient.”
The ICM monitors a patient’s heart rhythm and proactively transmits information via Bluetooth wireless technology to the device’s mobile app which is what gives the physician remote access to a patient’s condition. Patients can also track their own symptoms proactively through the app without having to contact their doctor. Once implanted, just under the skin in the chest during a quick, minimally-invasive outpatient procedure, the ICM can begin to monitor and detect a wide range of heart rhythms.
“It’s specialized cardiovascular services like this one that we offer that helps get our patients on the road to recovery quicker than ever before,” said Anthony Degina, CEO at Largo Medical Center.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm that develops when disease or injury disrupts the heart’s electrical signals, causing the heart to beat erratically. As the heart begins to beat too fast or too slow, changes in blood flow can expose patients to symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath or fainting.
Cardiac Electrophysiologists, Ronald Walsh, MD and Shalin Shah, MD also perform this procedure at Largo Medical Center.
About Largo Medical Center
Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving Pinellas County from three campuses. The hospital provides Atrial Fibrillation Care at the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, Bariatric (Surgical Weight Loss) Services at the Florida Bariatric Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, the H2U Health and Wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney & Liver Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic/Total Joint Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatient and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has AOA and ACGME Accredited Graduate Medical Education programs. The hospital is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Largo Medical Center is a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Bariatric (Surgical Weight Loss) Program, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain with PCI and Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Learn more at LargoMedical.com<http://largomedical.com/>. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.