A new and advanced heart monitor, one-tenth the size of the device normally used, was implanted in a patient at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. This monitor can record and broadcast the information gathered for three years and can send immediate, life-saving warnings to their medical team.

The patient who received the device had been fainting and losing consciousness.  Dr. Aharon Medina, Head of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Unit at Shaare Zedek, explained that these episodes can be caused by a number of things, including a congenital problem , an arrhythmia that requires drug therapy or ablation, or ventricular fibrillation, necessitating an immediate blood dilution.  The new device was implanted subcutaneously in the thorax with a special syringe and the operation required only local anesthesia and was completed in a few minutes.

In the photo, Dr.  Medina holds the tiny device.