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.

@gc456742

Implantable heart monitor

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Hi @gc456742 @edda and @lioness, I moved the Medtronics discussion to this existing discussion called "Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor" so you can meet others talking about an insertable cardiac monitor. Click VIEW & REPLY in the email notification and you'll be able to read through the past comments and ask questions.

@gc456742 are you considering an insertable monitor for yourself? So far what are the pros and cons you're considering? What questions would you like to ask?

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Hi, I have had my medtronics loop recorder since april 2018, here are some of the questions that I would ask ,
1. what if I change doctors? will it be easy to transfer the monitoring of this device?
2. how are the alerts handled by your doctor ? when sent by the monitoring company. ( I know there have been some that were sent to my doctor, that have not been mentioned or discussed.)
3. I also inquired with the monitoring company if I could also get a copy of what is being sent to my doctor? flat out no!
4. you should also discuss with your doctor what is the limits setup on the device? and should it be set lower or higher?
5. what happens if the battery fails within the 3 yr period? who is responsible for that? and who will pay for it.
my real concern is what happens to the alerts and or data that is sent to my doctors office? who takes care of that? or does it just sit there like the documents on the fax machines…..
I am very happy to have this device to watch what is happening with my heart now. at least there are records of the data….

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@starfirey2k

Hi, I have had my medtronics loop recorder since april 2018, here are some of the questions that I would ask ,
1. what if I change doctors? will it be easy to transfer the monitoring of this device?
2. how are the alerts handled by your doctor ? when sent by the monitoring company. ( I know there have been some that were sent to my doctor, that have not been mentioned or discussed.)
3. I also inquired with the monitoring company if I could also get a copy of what is being sent to my doctor? flat out no!
4. you should also discuss with your doctor what is the limits setup on the device? and should it be set lower or higher?
5. what happens if the battery fails within the 3 yr period? who is responsible for that? and who will pay for it.
my real concern is what happens to the alerts and or data that is sent to my doctors office? who takes care of that? or does it just sit there like the documents on the fax machines…..
I am very happy to have this device to watch what is happening with my heart now. at least there are records of the data….

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Hi — I think a lot of your questions can be answered with this info: CareLink Patient Services at 1 (800) 929-4043. They are available to answer your questions from 7 am – 7 pm CT, Monday – Friday – and asking these questions.

Your questions:
1) I don't think it is a problem to change doctors as long as you notify CareLink.
2) If something comes up on my report, my physician contacts me usually via MyChart notification message. Also if you don't have your Patient Assistant with you but have some symptoms, you can just note the time and the symptoms and then send a message or call your doctor with that information. Or even when I do mark with the PA — I still send a note explaining why I marked at that time.
3) Yeah, it would be great to get access to what the doctor has access to. Darn.
4) My parameters were not initially discussed with me too much. But because I started having some specific problems that we were trying to catch — I talked with my doc about adjusting the parameters. They were set at ridiculous parameters initially, in my opinion – at least for me. Nothing recorded unless less than 40 bpm or higher than 150. We changed this to 50 and 120.
5) Regarding the battery — talk to the CareLink folks about that. I'm not sure.

I suppose it depends on the cardio office that you deal with but mine is very responsive. Whenever they get a report that is concerning, they are on it and checking it.

My biggest disappointment is that the Reveal LINQ does not record my palpitations. It wasn't explained well to me before I got it. But it has been a handy little tool inside of me in the past few months when I've had trouble with my adrenaline levels and high heart rates. I hope it proves to be a very helpful tool in your case.

Sharon

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I’m on my second one just got a new implant today my first lasted almost 4 years it definitely helps the doctor an gives me peace of mind just knowing that I have it

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I was supposed to get a Linq at one time, due to AFIB. But now he just wants me to use my Kardia Mobile ECG device with my phone. The problem is, I get racing heart sometimes in my sleep, and other palpitations and PAC/PVC's and the Kardia device won't pick it up. Because it is not continously recording. I may have to just get a new Apple Watch that detects AFIB and monitors heart rate.

Does the Linq pick up PVC's and other issues?

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I have had my Reveal Linq since November 2018. It was placed because I have history of palpitations, dizziness, and have fainted a couple of times. My cost for the procedure was about $25,000. And my monthly (yes, monthly) cost for remote monitoring is $376 (of which my insurance covers $74). I don't actually see anyone, and never hear what's going on. Does that seem unreasonable to anyone else? I haven't actually seen my doc, or a nurse, or a device tech since the week after the procedure, and I'm being treated abysmally by clinic staff. Also, does anyone else have pain? I can't even tolerate a thin scarf or cloth touching the site. I accidentally brushed it with my fingertips on Sunday and nearly threw up from pain. I wake up in the night, and all the nurse would say was "well, we implant these in 8-year olds and never have any problem." Advice is welcome!

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My daughter had a Linq implanted about a month ago. Since that time I have found the transmission of data very difficult. I believe that this is because we have very poor cellular service where we live. It is my understanding that the care link patient monitor does not transmit unless the linq records an event or you manually send a transmission of an event that your marked with the "clicker." Is that accurate? It feels like I am constantly checking the the care link monitor to see if it has sent anything and sometimes it does and when I check in with our physician, they say that it is nothing. But I thought it only send a report if the linq recorded a problem. Do I have a misunderstanding about when transmissions are sent? Any clarification would be appreciated! thank you!

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