New heart monitoring service launched at Grantham Hospital

Cara Mercer, Senior Cardiac Physiologist, and Chief Physiologist Stephanie Baker.
Cara Mercer, Senior Cardiac Physiologist, and Chief Physiologist Stephanie Baker.

The cardiology department at Grantham Hospital has launched a new heart monitoring service.

Patients with suspected heart rhythm problems can now undergo implantation of a Reveal LINQ device locally. The device, which was only launched nationally earlier this year, is a heart monitor similar in size to a AAA battery. The device is injected under the skin after a small incision has been made under local anaesthetic. This new innovative monitoring device was also introduced at Lincoln County Hospital earlier this year.

The Reveal LINQ device used to monitor the heart.

The Reveal LINQ device used to monitor the heart.

The device monitors the patient’s heart rhythm continuously, picking up any abnormalities. The battery lasts for three years, which means that patients can now get a diagnosis even if their rhythm problems only happen very infrequently.

The devices are being implanted by Cara Mercer, a Senior Cardiac Physiologist, assisted by the Chief Physiologist Stephanie Baker. Cara said: “The LINQ devices are a big step forward for patients with heart rhythm problems, as they take only a few minutes to implant and allow us to monitor the patient’s heart 24 hours a day for

up to three years.”

Consultant Cardiologist Dr Andrew Houghton said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this service in Grantham, as previously our patients had to travel to Lincoln for this procedure. Cara Mercer is one of only a handful of Cardiac Physiologists undertaking this procedure in the UK, which gives patients greater continuity of care as she also supervises their follow-up visits.”