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No Complaints Yet About New Insertable Heart Monitor

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A new, smaller, way to keep track of someone's heartbeat is making its statewide debut in Kalispell.

In fact, KRMC is not only the first in the state to use the device, but they say they're the first in the northwest.

It's a tiny little thing called the Reveal LINQ and it sits right over top of your heart and under the skin. For up to three years it can report to your doctor through a cell phone module just how well your heart is ticking.

"I'm thrilled to be one of the first people in the region to be inserting it and I think that it's really going to revolutionize the way we follow heart rhythm problems," said Dr. Ilyas Colombowala, the director of clinical electrophysiology at KRMC.

Doctors can't always say in an hour long appointment what's happening with the heart, but this gives them a digital set of eyes that are always peeled. Since it's 90% smaller than the last model, having it inserted only takes about two minutes and a band-aid. Dr. Colombowala says at least four of his patients are already walking around with one of these over their hearts.

"I haven't heard too much in the way of complaints from patients," said Dr. Colombowala, "They seem to really appreciate how simple it is, the procedure itself and the follow-up. There are really no restrictions after the procedure other than to keep it dry for a couple of days."

Since the technology is so new, Dr. Colombowala says he expects to implant more and more Reveal LINQs, not just in Flathead patients.

"We're also probably still the only hospital over a several hundred mile radius that can insert this, so I imagine that if it's the right device for the patients, that they'll come over here to have it put in," said Dr. Colombowala.

The FDA only released the new Reveal LINQ two weeks ago, to the tune of about $2,500 a pop.

According to the people who make the device, "most insurers provide coverage for heart devices like an insertable cardiac monitor for unexplained fainting spells."

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