Medtronic introduced new product to the US market, SEEQ Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) System. It is an external, wire-free, adhesive heart monitor that can be worn for up to 30 days to help detect and diagnose the cause of irregular heartbeats in patients.
Automatically activated when applied to the skin, the SEEQ MCT System includes a wearable sensor that monitors the heart continuously for up to 30 days. With a slim profile (about 15mm or 0.6 inches in depth), the sensor can be worn discreetly under clothing and is water-resistant so that patients can be monitored continuously while exercising, showering or sleeping.
The SEEQ MCT System remotely catches every heartbeat and automatically sends important cardiac data to the Medtronic Monitoring Center.The SEEQ MCT System remotely catches every heartbeat and automatically sends important cardiac data (via Bluetooth and cellular connection) to the Medtronic Monitoring Center, staffed by certified cardiographic technicians. The Center also provides reports to prescribing physicians for review and analysis.
Automatic cardiac data capture aside, there’s also a trigger button that allows patients to alert the monitoring center, should they have symptoms.
The SEEQ MCT System is made for patients who experience symptoms that suggest an irregular heartbeat such as syncope (fainting), lightheadedness, vertigo, palpitations or shortness of breath, and whose symptoms were not detected by a 24-hour Holter monitor.
While the SEEQ MCT System is prescribed for patients who may require up to 30 days of monitoring, earlier this year Medtronic introduced the Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring (ICM) System, which can continuously monitor patients for up to three years. This solution is designed for patients whose cardiac arrhythmias are less frequent and may not be detected by short-term monitoring systems.