Implantable cardiac monitors (ICM) are small devices used for long-term monitoring of a patient's heart electrical activity to detect irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). The technology can eliminate the need for a bulky external Holter monitor that requires wire leads attached to the patient and can only monitor the patient for 24 - 48 hours.
The small ICMs can be inserted under the skin during an in- office visit. It lasts for several years. The intelligent ICM can automatically detect arrhythmias even when the patient is unaware of these. The device is able to store several ECGs covering multiple types of arrhythmias. In combination with BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring the data is send to the physician on a daily basis. In this way the physician is better informed and can make a diagnosis earlier.
Medical guidelines recommend the use of ICMs for patients with unexplained syncope and for those suspect to have atrial fibrillation (AF).