Two patients at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon have become the first in the UK to be fitted with a revolutionary new heart monitor created by Biotronik.

The Wiltshire Cardiac Team at GWH were able to send the patients home the same day, leaving the new state-of-the-art technology to monitor symptoms such as fainting and heart palpitations without the presence of medical professionals.

The device, known as Biomonitor III, was made in Germany by Biotronik as a replacement for a larger device and allows patients to see their heart activity and record symptoms via a dedicated app.

Medics activate the monitor by implanting it under the skin on the chest using a local anaesthetic. Patients are subsequently able to continue living normally without limitation, with the device remaining in place for up to four years.

Matthew Swift, a Cardiac Physiologist at the Great Western Hospital, was the first person to implant the device and agrees that it could have a significant difference on patients' lives, potentially benefitting up to 260 individuals a year at the GWH alone.

"It means we can now see what’s going on with a patient’s heart remotely, so they don’t need to attend hospital so frequently, he said. "It has also reduced the procedure time and given us a clearer insight into what’s causing certain symptoms so we can start effective treatment sooner.

"The fact that patients can keep track of their activity from home is fantastic. It encourages patients to be more mindful of their symptoms and also record any symptoms they notice, so we can get a really clear picture of their overall health and wellbeing."

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