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Cayuga Medical Center Adopts World’s Smallest Implantable Cardiac Monitor to Help Physicians Diagnose Irregular Heartbeats



Contact: John W. Turner, VP Public Relations, Liz Heath, Public Relations Specialist, Cayuga Medical Center (607) 274-4498,


NEWS RELEASE  July 12, 2014


Cayuga Medical Center Adopts World’s Smallest Implantable Cardiac Monitor to Help Physicians Diagnose Irregular Heartbeats


Ithaca, New York -- Cayuga Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the world to adopt the smallest long-term, insertable cardiac monitoring device for patients with recurrent fainting, heart palpitations, unexplained stroke or atrial fibrillation. Cardiologist Lynn Swisher, MD, of the Cayuga Heart Institute at Cayuga Medical Center successfully completed the first implant in a patient earlier this year.


Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this past January, 2014,  the Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) from Medtronic is approximately one-third the size of an AAA battery (~1 cc), making it more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs currently available. 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. In addition to its continuous and wireless monitoring capabilities, the system provides remote monitoring and recording to inform physicians if patients have significant cardiac events between regular medical appointments.


“The monitor is inserted with a tunneling technique that takes about 10 minutes.  The ease of the insertion procedure and the small profile of the device allow patients to go about their lives without interruption, discomfort or awareness of the device.” said Dr. Lynn Swisher. “Additionally, the device has the ability to communicate wirelessly with the patient’s physician via a patient monitor while the patient is sleeping, allowing them to continue living their lives normally, even when travelling away from home.”

By offering this new medical device to patients, the Cayuga Heart Institute at Cayuga Medical Center is continuing to lead the way by using the latest technology to diagnose and treat heart disease.



Cayuga Medical Center is a state-of-the art medical center. It is affiliated with prestigious health care organizations including Cornell University’s Weill Medical College in New York City, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute (SCHI) at Rochester General Health System, The University of Rochester Medical Center (orthopedics and neurosurgery) and Mayo Medical Laboratories. For more information on services available at the medical center and its satellite campuses, please visit or call (607) 274-4498.



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