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Monument Health introduces device to monitor heart rhythms

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 10, 2020) – 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.

About Monument Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Monument Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. The system offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Monument Health is comprised of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers. Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

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