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New Implant to Monitor Heart Conditions

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Rochester: New Implant to Monitor Heart Conditions
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Highland Hospital is the first in Rochester to have a new implantable device to monitor heart conditions.

The device is about the size of a paper clip. It recognizes a heart condition while it's happening and sends information to a cardiologist. It also sends daily reports to a doctor.

This is an alternative to the existing implantable device, which is about the size of a thumb drive and takes a minor surgery to implant.

"I'm actually looking forward to the opportunity for them to be able to track my health and have better access to that, and if there is an issue in the day, he'll have an alert, I'll have an alert and we can change our medications accordingly," said Amanda Sperrin, patient.

The new device was approved by the FDA last week.

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