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Monument Health Introduces Device to Monitor Heart Rhythms

Sep 14, 2020 10:32AM ● By MED Magazine
Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute recently became the first health care system in South Dakota or North Dakota to use the LUX, an implanted cardiac recording device from Boston Scientific. The tiny recorder reports diagnostic data to help physicians choose the right course of care for their cardiology patients.

Ten centers across the nation were part of the initial limited release of the LUX, introduced in May 2020. Monument Health physicians began implanting the devices Aug. 24. Four doctors at Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute will be performing the procedure to implant the tiny device under the skin of a patient’s chest. The procedure takes about five minutes. The LUX records the patient’s heart rhythm nonstop and monitors conditions such as atrial fibrillation or abnormal rhythms.

“The ability to use this device as a diagnostic tool and how it can ‘turn the lights on’ to understanding potential serious problems, such as A-Fib which can cause strokes or life-threatening rapid heart rhythms which can cause sudden death, are some of the real values of this device,” said Dr. Saverio Barbera, M.D., FACC, FHRS, an Electrophysiologist at Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute.