Tameside Hospital has become one of the first in the UK to use a state-of-the-art implant for reliable detection of irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).
Dr Aamir Ayub, a Consultant Cardiologist at Tameside Hospital - with specialist interest in pacemakers and devices - implanted the BIOTRONIK BioMonitor, in patient Keith Dawson.
The device is a small cardiac monitor that is implanted just underneath the skin in the upper chest below the collar bone and reliably detects arrhythmias whenever they occur.
Mr Dawson, 66, of Dukinfield, first came to Tameside Hospital’s A&E Department after he collapsed. However, on admission an electrocardiogram (ECG), which records the rhythm and electrical activity of the heart, failed to pick up any problem. But doctors still needed to identify any heart rhythm disorder which could have resulted in his collapse.
The cardiac monitor, developed by a German medical technology manufacturer, includes a unique technology that allows for extremely accurate detection of arrhythmias and immediate transmission of this information to the physician, regardless of the patient’s current location and without any patient interaction.
It provides valuable information on the causes of fainting episodes and has the ability to accurately detect atrial arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation is also a common cause of strokes, even though the majority of people are not aware of the disturbances in their heart rhythm. The monitor’s unique sensing features allow for highly precise and reliable detection of arrhythmias over a period of more than six years.
The retired mechanical fitter and grandfather-of-one, said: “The device will give me peace of mind.”
Dr Ayub said: “BioMonitor is a diagnostic breakthrough. We often have patients who, for reasons unknown, repeatedly faint or complain of dizziness. We need a snapshot of what happened in order to properly assess the situation and this is only possible with continuous monitoring that reveals unpredictable arrhythmias and transmits data about them immediately.”
He added: “We are entering into a new era of technology where we are providing a state-of-the-art service to patients at Tameside Hospital. Now we can detect any heart rhythm abnormalities without the patient coming to Tameside Hospital. We can check the patient’s heart rhythm in the comfort of their own home.”