St Jude CE marks "smallest" implantable cardiac monitor
This article was originally published in Clinica
St Jude Medical has CE marked its SJM Confirm device for sale in Europe for the detection of atrial fibrillation and other abnormal heart rhythms. The company claims it is the smallest implantable cardiac monitor available, about the size of a computer USB drive. It is implanted subcutaneously in the upper chest, an outpatient procedure which can be carried out under local anaesthetic. St Paul, Minnesota-based St Jude says the device can detect small and wide-ranging signals, therefore recording events associated with syncope and other arrhythmias which can be difficult to distinguish with other methods. It can also send data over the telephone line.
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