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March 05, 2014

Small, Wireless Monitor Provides Long-Term Remote Monitoring to Help Physicians Diagnose and Monitor Irregular Heartbeats

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Usman Siddiqui, M.D. implanting the first Reveal LINQ™ Implantable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) in Central Florida at the Osceola Regional Medical Center’s Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute. The subcutaneous outpatient procedure was performed on a 51 year old patient suffering from unexplained syncopal episodes and heart palpitations.

Kissimmee, FL - Osceola Regional Medical Center has just become the first hospital in Central Florida to use the world's smallest implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) for patients. Using the device, physicians can now monitor a patient's cardiac event from anywhere in the world - for up to three years. The announcement comes just one week after the device received approval from the FDA. The Medtronic Reveal LINQ ICM is available for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, heart palpitations, fainting, and chest pain. The remote monitoring system notifies physicians if a patient has a significant cardiac event between regular medical appointments.

“This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way cardiac and stroke patients are monitored and cared for. Now, we are able to stay connected to our patients anywhere, anytime, to provide the care they need. This is important because three million people suffer of atrial fibrillation (the most common heart rhythm disorder) and more than 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year. Osceola Regional is committed to lead the way in improving health outcomes for this broad patient population,” Usman Siddiqui MD, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Osceola Regional Medical Center said.

The device is inserted just under the skin of the chest through a 1-cm incision. Unlike other cardiac monitors that are often bulky and inconvenient for the patient, the Reveal LINQ ICM is one third the size of a AAA battery (more than 80 percent smaller than other ICMs) and is nearly invisible to the naked eye once implanted. Patients receive local anesthesia for the procedure. Due to the size of the device, patients experience less scarring and shorter procedure times.

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The first patient to undergo the procedure at Osceola Regional was Victor DeLuca. The 51 year old retiree had been experiencing unexplained syncopal episodes (fainting spells) and heart palpitations since August. After consulting with Dr. Siddiqui, DeLuca opted to undergo the outpatient procedure. To DeLuca’s surprise, he was up and enjoying a meal less than an hour after his procedure.

“I didn't feel anything, no problem whatsoever. They numb you a little bit. I was in and out before you know it. It was wonderful.”

Like DeLuca, 68-year-old Alfred Shannon was another one of the first patients in Central Florida to receive the monitor. Shannon had been experiencing unexplained heart palpitations since 2012. The former runner works out five days a week, he took the day off from volunteering to undergo the procedure. “With this you don’t feel it at all. I’m ready to get back to working out tomorrow, no bench pressing, just the abs.”

Shannon's subcutaneous procedure was performed by Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Naushad Shaik, who can now remotely monitor Shannon’s heart activity. Joining Dr. Shaik and Dr. Siddiqui, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Chandra Bomma, MD will also be implanting the innovative device. For more information about Osceola Regional's cardiac services or the Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute, please visit www.OsceolaRegional.com.

Interview Opportunities:
Expert(s): Usman Siddiqui, MD – National Speaker for Reveal LINQ ICM (device) and Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist at Osceola Regional Medical Center
Chandra Bomma, MD - Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist at Osceola Regional Medical Center
Naushad Shaik, MD – Cardiologist/ Electrophysiologist at Osceola Regional Medical Center
Patient Interviews: Will be arranged by Osceola Regional Public Relations team
Please call (321) 437-9865 or (407) 518-3610

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