What Is an Implantable Heart Monitor?
Implantable heart monitors, including BioMonitor 2, are mini-electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) devices that continuously record the heart’s rhythm. They automatically detect irregularities and store clinically relevant data. That data is transmitted wirelessly via the BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® patient device, ultimately reaching the attending physician. The physician will be able to see, whether and what kind of irregular heartbeats – arrhythmias – occur. This information is crucial to identify the cause of the patient’s discomfort and decide on the best course of treatment.
The procedure to insert BioMonitor2 is performed under local anesthesia and only takes a few minutes. To insert the BioMonitor 2, a physician will make a very small cut (less than 1 inch) in the upper chest. The physician will insert the heart monitor with a specially designed tool. After heart monitor is placed successfully, the physician will remove the insertion tool. BioMonitor 2 remains in place underneath the skin. The physician will close the incision with a few stitches.
After the short and simple procedure, you may stay in the hospital overnight. Listen carefully to your physician and follow their instructions.
At home, monitor how the incision is healing. Your arm’s range of motion will probably be limited until the wound is completely healed. BioMonitor 2 is a tiny device with a flexible antenna that adapts to your body’s natural shape. Most patients get used to it quickly and soon cease to notice it.
Your physician may give you a “Patient Activator” that allows you to store an ECG whenever you experience symptoms. Place it over the implant, press the button, and BioMonitor 2 will store the event.
After the BioMonitor 2 insertion procedure, patients can typically return to normal activities immediately. BioMonitor 2 is protected against magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation from other devices, so you may use usual household tools and devices without hesitation. BioMonitor 2 includes ProMRI® technology, so patients may undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.