Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor

Posted by jigglejaws94 @jigglejaws94, Oct 12, 2016

Just curious if anyone else has a Reveal LINQ implant ?? I had one inserted in July of this year to monitor my palpitations. I have had palpitations for years but earlier this year they changed (at least for a while) and I experienced shortness of breath and pain with the palpitations.

I just think this is really cool technology.

@jigglejaws94

The actual insertion was a piece of cake really. I had mine done at an outpatient surgery although my doc may now be doing then in his office. Local anesthetic to the chest. I tiny cut to insert it. Then glued my skin together. Wasn’t scary or painful. It was tender for a few days if bending over or moving my chest around.

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I agree that the insertion was a piece of cake. But the next 24 hours were horrible

Can anyone tell me how much does the ICM and its insertion cost in the USA?

@hopeful33250

@jigglejaws94 I had never heard of this before, but I looked it up on “google” and it does sound like an interesting tool Please share, if you want to, how this works.

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For how long do you have to hold the Patient Assistant over the implant? Only when the episode starts or the full time of the episode?

@hopeful33250

@jigglejaws94 I had never heard of this before, but I looked it up on “google” and it does sound like an interesting tool Please share, if you want to, how this works.

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Just when the episode starts. Basically it is just making a mark or notification on the recording. Then you should follow up with email or call to your doctor to let them know what you were experiencing at that time. And if you don’t have your Patient Assistant with you — just note the time and then notify your doctor to look at the tracing during that time frame.

@lucija

Can anyone tell me how much does the ICM and its insertion cost in the USA?

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My procedure was $20,000 — but could have been far less, I believe – if performed in the clinic as opposed to an outpatient surgery center like mine was.

@regeanna

Hello, I wanted to let you know I’ve had my reveal link for almost three years, there was only slight discomfort at first then over a few days time I forgot it was even in my body! Hope your procedure goes well! Take care!

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That sounds kind of funky about the insurance company — but I’ve never traveled in a plane or anything yet. You should be able to get an MRI though there are some limitations as to how the MRI is done. You should refer your institution to call the Medtronic number direct to get all the particulars for an MRI.

@regeanna

Hello, I wanted to let you know I’ve had my reveal link for almost three years, there was only slight discomfort at first then over a few days time I forgot it was even in my body! Hope your procedure goes well! Take care!

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Thank you for your moral support, jj. However, in my country there is not enough competition which would make insurance companies and healthcare providers to bother with ICM holders. They can afford to just deny us their service.

Is ICM cheaper or more expensive than the insertable defibrilator or pace maker? Does the $20.000 unclude the costs of surveillance by your cardiologist?

@lucija

Is ICM cheaper or more expensive than the insertable defibrilator or pace maker? Does the $20.000 unclude the costs of surveillance by your cardiologist?

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No, it does not include the surveillance costs by cardiologist. Those are about $120 every quarter for just the basic surveillance. If I had a lot of activity, it would be more.

@jigglejaws94

The actual insertion was a piece of cake really. I had mine done at an outpatient surgery although my doc may now be doing then in his office. Local anesthetic to the chest. I tiny cut to insert it. Then glued my skin together. Wasn’t scary or painful. It was tender for a few days if bending over or moving my chest around.

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No sedation was required. Just a local anesthetic to the chest area.

@regeanna

Hello, I wanted to let you know I’ve had my reveal link for almost three years, there was only slight discomfort at first then over a few days time I forgot it was even in my body! Hope your procedure goes well! Take care!

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Oh, I see — I’m sorry that that is the case where you live. That is very unfortunate for you.

@hopeful33250

@jigglejaws94 I had never heard of this before, but I looked it up on “google” and it does sound like an interesting tool Please share, if you want to, how this works.

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Thank you, jj, for your useful information. I wish my cardiologist would have explained me the use of my Patient Assistant in such a simple way. I felt like I was going to faint today, but I did not dare to use the Patient Assistant because I was afraid that I shall not know how to stop the screening. Now, I finally understand how the ICM works. Thanks a lot, once more.

@hopeful33250

@jigglejaws94 I had never heard of this before, but I looked it up on “google” and it does sound like an interesting tool Please share, if you want to, how this works.

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Lucija — be sure to contact your doctor and give them the approximate time (and if you aren’t sure — “in the morning”, “while in bed”, “just before lunch”, etc) that you felt faint today. They can look back to the tracing for the entire day and check for any rhythm problems. I’m so glad that you understand now. I think at first, I was a little timid to use the Patient Assistant when I was having a questionable symptom. I would question myself and end up thinking — “oh it wasn’t really that significant”. What? This thing in my chest cost $20,000 (I only paid a tenth of that but still) — and so if I even slightly suspect that something just doesn’t feel right — I mark it. That’s what it is for.

@hopeful33250

@jigglejaws94 I had never heard of this before, but I looked it up on “google” and it does sound like an interesting tool Please share, if you want to, how this works.

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Thank you so much for sharing your insights and for your support, @jigglejaws94.

Welcome to Connect, @lucija. I hope @cynaburst @crashnam will also return with some of their thoughts.

You may also wish to view this other active discussion:
– Pacemaker recipients https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pacemaker-recipients/
Feel free to go through the posts, and join in if you wish. @lucija, we look forward to getting to know you; you mentioned you are in a different country?

@hopeful33250

@jigglejaws94 I had never heard of this before, but I looked it up on “google” and it does sound like an interesting tool Please share, if you want to, how this works.

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Yes, I live in Slovenija, EU.

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