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For release: March 24, 2014

Jim Armstrong 330.344.6083, jim.armstrong@akrongeneral.org

Akron General Announces First Area Use of Miniature Cardiac Monitor
Wireless Monitor Provides Long-Term Remote Monitoring; Helps with Diagnosis of Irregular Heartbeats

Akron General Medical Center today announced that it is among the first hospitals in Ohio to implant the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring (ICM) device available.

The Reveal LINQ ICM is approximately one-third the size of a 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 prior models. 

“This new and innovative technology will allow us to more carefully and effectively monitor for cardiac changes that will alert us to the potential for a range of conditions and provide us information needed for accurate diagnosis and treatment,” said electrophysiologist Jeffery Courson, DO, Heart Rhythm Specialist at the Akron General Heart & Vascular Center.  “Akron General is very pleased to be selected as one of the first cardiac centers in Ohio offering this new technology.”

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

Placed just beneath the skin through a small incision in the upper left side of the chest, the device 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 device makes use of 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.

Akron General Medical Center is:

  • Summit County's first Accredited Chest Pain Center (Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers)

  • A Primary Stroke Center with the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission.


About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.



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