The monitor is implanted under the skin and is 80 per cent smaller than the monitors used today.
This week, monitors will be implanted into 25 patient in five Dutch hospitals, a global first. The Eindhoven cardiologist Lukas Dekker directs the research program on the implantable heart monitor.
The device continuously monitors the patient’s heart rhythm and is mainly used in people who faint or suffer from irregular heartbeat. It is implanted with an injection needle, which only takes a few minutes.
If the first tests are successful, the monitor will also be used in sixteen other hospitals in Australia, Russia and Europe.