LEE'S STORY HEART MONITORING FOR UNEXPLAINED FAINTING
Finding answers with the SEEQ™ MCT System
Finding answers with the SEEQ™ MCT System
For many years Lee sold building materials to general contractors, until he and his wife, Mary, retired to Florida. They enjoyed good health and regular rounds of golf until Lee was admitted to the hospital for an aortic valve transplant. When he returned home from the hospital, Lee started experiencing periodic episodes of lightheadedness and weakness upon standing. “Within about 15 seconds, I would be fine,” he recalls. During this time, Mary worried. “I slept on the couch and listened to make sure Lee was OK — especially when he got up,” she remembers.
After the fourth and most severe episode when Lee’s legs buckled and he fell to the floor, they called 911 and Lee was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, Lee fell again when getting up from a gurney. He stayed in the hospital for a few days and was given a number of tests but there were no conclusive findings. Concerned that the episodes might be caused by a cardiac issue, he was released from the hospital with a SEEQ Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) System.
The SEEQ MCT System is an external cardiac monitoring system designed for short-term monitoring — up to 30 days. The wearable SEEQ sensor captures data and sends it automatically through the SEEQ transmitter to the Medtronic Monitoring Center where trained cardiographic technicians review ECG data. The Monitoring Center will then call the clinic when ECGs show arrhythmias that meet the criteria specified by the doctor.
The noninvasive, wireless sensor was placed on Lee’s chest, under his clothes. “You couldn’t even see that it was there,” Mary said. She also remembered that it was easy to get started: “I read the directions, charged the transmitter, and put the sensor on Lee’s chest. The directions included pictures that were very easy to follow.”
Then one day while Lee was watching television with Mary, dosing in and out of sleep, the phone rang. It was a technician from the Medtronic Monitoring Center.* “I answered the phone, and it was a nice, calm gentleman who asked to speak to Lee,” Mary described. “I handed the phone to him.” As part of the monitoring service, a technician will typically call the patient to ask about and record their symptoms. This information, along with the ECG episode, was provided to Lee’s clinician.
Moments after hanging up, the phone rang again. It was the physician’s assistant from Lee’s cardiologist’s office. “She said she had a notification from Medtronic that my heart stopped and that I needed to get to the hospital immediately,” said Lee. “That really underscored for the two of us that even though I was feeling alright, I wasn’t alright.”
At the hospital, Lee was hooked up to heart monitors that determined he experienced the arrhythmia, ventricular standstill. His doctor recommended the Advisa DR MRI™ SureScan™ Pacing System from Medtronic which offers safe access to MRIs and managed ventricular pacing.
“When the doctor told us he was going to implant a pacemaker, that was a huge relief,” said Mary. “We finally had something that would relieve the stress we had been living with for the past few weeks, not knowing what was causing the episodes.” And now that Lee has the pacemaker, he has peace of mind knowing the device is there. “It doesn’t really affect my life at all. It’s there doing what it’s supposed to be doing.”
As for the SEEQ MCT System, he is grateful for the role it has played in his current health. “I would tell anyone who is considering the SEEQ MCT System to go for it,” Lee said. “It will help your doctor figure out what’s going on.”
Mary echoed the sentiment. “We feel Lee’s doctor, using the SEEQ MCT System, changed his life,” she said. “Together, they led to Lee getting a pacemaker that we hope will give him a good quality of life again.”
For Lee and Mary a good quality of life includes golf. With Lee’s health restored, they plan to get back to their favorite pastime.
This story reflects one person's experience. Not every person will receive the same results. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.
The SEEQ MCT System and the Medtronic Monitoring Center are provided by Medtronic Monitoring, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Medtronic, Inc.