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November 2008 - Volume 5 - Issue 5

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Dr. David Kenigsberg Performs Implantation of Wireless Implantable Remote ECG Monitoring System

Westside Regional Medical Center announces the implantation of the first wireless implantable electrocardiogram (ECG) Monitoring System in South Florida performed by Dr. David Kenigsberg, a Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist on staff at Westside Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kenigsberg was previously an electrophysiology fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and trained under Drs. Kenneth Ellenbogen and Mark Wood, two pioneers in the field of Invasive Electrophysiology and authors of the premier texts in the field of implantable devices and cardiac ablations.

The Sleuth Implantable ECG Monitoring System offers an accurate, efficient way to monitor a patient’s heart rate and rhythm, and provide electrocardiogram data to physicians in a timely manner. With this remote wireless system the heart is monitored remotely, ECG data is recorded when events occur, data are sent automatically to a 24/7 monitoring center to be reviewed by certified cardiac technicians, and physicians, like Dr. Kenigsberg, will be notified of cardiac events quickly to enable fast diagnosis and deliver appropriate therapy. Cardiac arrhythmias, or disturbances in the beating of the heart, can be serious and are often the root cause of syncope – a medical term for fainting. Patients with syncope are vulnerable to falls, injuries and negative personal consequences such as suspension of driving privileges or limited employment opportunities. An accurate diagnosis is important for prompt and appropriate treatment.

The Sleuth Implantable ECG Monitoring System, a thin medical device about the size of a 50-cent piece (or the size of the smallest pacemakers), is placed under the skin near the shoulder. The device continuously gathers ECG data, and then automatically and regularly forwards it to a monitoring center operated by Mednet Healthcare Technologies, Inc. There, certified cardiac technicians review the patient’s ECG information and send reports of relevant cardiac event data to the physician. Significant advantages for patients and physicians stem from the fact that the Sleuth ECG System is totally wireless, and technicians at the Transoma Medical, Inc. monitoring center automatically receive patient data thereby allowing them to frequently review the information for irregularities instantaneously.

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