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A single center experience on the clinical utility evaluation of an insertable cardiac monitor.

BACKGROUND: The evaluation of insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) has been largely on the device performance and safety with only limited studies on the clinical utility. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of ICM in patients with a variety of clinical presentations.

METHODS: A single-center retrospective study on the clinical utility, as measured by both expected and unexpected clinical useful ICM findings and the initiation of therapeutic interventions, was conducted.

RESULTS: Ninety-five consecutive patients (median age 68 years) received ICM Reveal LINQ™ for clinical indications of unexplained syncope (53), cryptogenic stroke (19), unexplained infrequent palpitations (14) and AF management (9). During a median follow-up of 414 days, the causes for unexplained syncope were arrhythmia-related (11.3%), arrhythmia-unrelated (32%) and undetermined (56.6%). Atrial fibrillation in patients with cryptogenic stroke was detected in 31.6% (6/19). The clinical utility occurrence was 48.4% with the expected and incidental (unexpected) clinical utility of 41% and 7.4% patients respectively. Of these, therapeutic interventions based on ICM diagnoses were initiated in 18.9% (18/95) of patients.

CONCLUSIONS: ICM (Reveal LINQ™) offers substantial expected and unexpected clinical utility in patients with a variety of clinical presentations. The causes of nearly one third of patients receiving ICM for unexplained syncope were unrelated to cardiac arrhythmia. Nearly one fifth of patients with newly diagnosed arrhythmia from ICM received therapeutic interventions.

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