Bethesda Heart Hospital is the first hospital in Florida to use the new Confirm Rx™ insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM)

Just an hour after surgery Stanley Goldberg, of Boynton Beach, was on his way home. The retired stained glass artist looks forward to traveling with his wife Harriet and says he feels reassured having this new smartphone technology to monitor his heart.

Bethesda Heart Hospital is the first hospital in Florida to use the new Confirm Rx™ insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), the world’s first and only smartphone compatible ICM designed to help physicians remotely identify cardiac arrhythmias.

The Confirm Rx ICM is designed to continuously monitor a patient's heart rhythm and proactively transmit information via Bluetooth wireless technology to Abbott’s myMerlin™ mobile app, allowing physicians to follow their patients remotely and accurately diagnose arrhythmias that may require further treatment.

Once implanted—just under the skin in the chest during a quick, minimally-invasive outpatient procedure—the Abbott Confirm Rx ICM continuously monitors heart rhythms to detect a range of cardiac arrhythmias, including irregular heartbeats, or atrial fibrillation.

While the Confirm Rx ICM continuously monitors for abnormal heart rhythms and transmits data to a patient’s physician, the myMerlin app allows the patient to connect their Confirm Rx ICM to their own smartphone. The app allows patients to track symptoms proactively, sync their data with their doctor’s office at any time, and view their transmission history without having to contact their doctor to confirm successful data transfers.

Prior to receiving the device, patient Stanley Goldberg of Boynton Beach, had several near syncopal events. Due to his symptoms, his physician was suspicious of an arrhythmogenic etiology, possibly atrial fibrillation.

A special thank you to cardiologists, Charles Harring, M.D., Gustavo Cardenas, M.D. and Yoel Vivas, M.D., as well as our Bethesda Heart Hospital clinical staff for their team effort in making this procedure a success.