Medtronic launches SEEQ mobile cardiac telemetry system in US

16 September 2014 (Last Updated September 16th, 2014 18:30)

Medtronic has launched a new external wire-free, adhesive heart monitor SEEQ mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) system, designed to help patients find answers to unexplained cardiac symptoms.

Medtronic has launched a new external wire-free, adhesive heart monitor SEEQ mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) system, designed to help patients find answers to unexplained cardiac symptoms.

Developed by Corventis, the new system can be worn to help detect and diagnos the cause of heartbeat irregularity continuously for up to 30 days. Corventis was acquired by Medtronic in June.

The new wearable heart monitor system gets activated automatically when applied to the skin and comes with a wearable sensor that monitors heartbeats for up to 30 days.

"The SEEQ MCT System allows us to get the critical arrhythmia recordings we need to make treatment decisions without being burdensome to patients."

Arnot Ogden Medical Center electrophysiologist and director of electrophysiology and arrhythmia services Ethan Levine said: "The SEEQ MCT System allows us to get the critical arrhythmia recordings we need to make treatment decisions without being burdensome to patients.

"Wearing a bulky monitor for more than a couple of days can be a frustrating experience for patients. Because this device is an inconspicuous and easy-to-use adhesive patch, patients are more likely to wear it continuously, allowing for more consistent and comprehensive capturing of data, which enables physicians to make accurate diagnoses and timely treatment plans."

The water-resistant machine measures about 15mm or 0.6in in depth and can be worn under clothes even while exercising or sleeping.

The cardiac data is sent remotely to the Medtronic Monitoring Centre, which comprises certified cardiographic technicians who provide continuous, around-the-clock cardiac monitoring.

A trigger button on the machine helps patients to send an immediate alert to the operating centre in case of an emergency.

The machine is indicated for patients who suffer from syncope (fainting), lightheadedness, vertigo, palpitations or shortness of breath.