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Cardiac
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INSERTABLE DEVICES TO DETECT
SLOW OR IRREGULAR
HEARTBEATS

Do you have an
irregular heartbeat?

It’s a more common question than you might think. Has something not been feeling right?
Have you experienced dizziness, unexplained fainting or shortness of breath?

If so, you may have an irregular heart rhythm (heartbeat) called arrhythmia. Abbott Insertable
Cardiac Monitors (ICM) can help figure out what’s going on.

Use our list of questions to help guide a conversation with your doctor.

What is an irregular heartbeat?

A heart’s rhythm (heartbeat) is normally between 60 to 100 beats per minute. If your heart beats slower or faster than 60 to 100 beats per minute—or has gaps in the rhythm—you may have an irregular heartbeat called an arrhythmia.

There are four common kinds of arrhythmia.

Bradycardia
A heartbeat of fewer than 60 beats per minute

Tachycardia
A heartbeat of more than 100 beats per minute

Pause
A gap in your regular heartbeat, when your heart doesn’t beat for a few seconds

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
An irregular heartbeat between 350 and 600 beats per minute

How is an
Arrhythmia diagnosed?

Because an irregular heartbeat can come and go, diagnosis can be tricky. While other methods of heart
monitoring only record your heartbeat for up to a month, an ICM—like the small and slim Abbott Confirm Rx™
or Jot Dx™—can monitor continuously for up to two years. Abbott ICMs use the myMerlin™ mobile app to send
your data directly to your doctor 20 times faster.1


INSERTABLE CARDIAC MONITOR

An ICM—also sometimes referred to as loop
recorder—goes under the skin near your heart
and can monitor for up to two years.


HOLTER MONITOR

Small conducting patches (electrodes) stick to your chest and attach to a small monitor that records heartbeats for up to two days.


EVENT RECORDER

A recorder attaches to your skin for 30 days, allowing you to press a button when you feel symptoms.

WEARABLES

Fitness wearables and smartwatches may be able to display a short history of your heart rhythm.

Using a wearable may help determine if you should speak to your doctor about more detailed and consistent monitoring with a device such as an ICM, which may help with diagnosis.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

Many people who have AFib may not experience the symptoms. It is important for your doctor to accurately diagnose your condition and understand how often and how long it occurs.

Symptoms and common conditions of irregular heartbeat

ABBOTT ICMs WITH SHARPSENSE TECHNOLOGY

ICMs monitor your heart continuously without interrupting your lifestyle. With the discreet myMerlin mobile app, you can record symptoms and automatically send the heart rhythm information your doctor needs for an accurate diagnosis directly to your clinic.

Both Abbott’s ICM options are small, effective and easy to use.

CONVENIENT
CONNECTIVITY

After your ICM is placed and paired with the myMerlin mobile app, the myMerlin mobile app securely sends your heart rhythm data automatically to your clinic. It also allows you to manually notify your doctor of any symptoms you may be experiencing all from your smartphone.

Download the myMerlin app
now to watch a demo.

Download the myMerlin app now to watch a demo.

References

1. Yokokawa M, Ip R, Azad R, et al. Accuracy of arrhythmia detection using implantable cardiac monitor: a comparison between RevealLINQ™ and Confirm Rx™. HRS Poster; May 2019; Sparrow Clinical Research Institute, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.
2. Atrial Fibrillation_2020 CDC (v1.0) Chugh 2014 Worldwide Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation: A Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study
3. Atrial Fibrillation. cdc.gov. 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/atrial_fibrillation.htm. Accessed 28 May, 2021
4. What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)? 2016. www.Heart.Org. https://www.heart. org/en/healthtopics/atrial-fibrillation/what-is-atrial-fibrillation-afib-or-af Accessed 28 May, 2021
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