Bluetooth heart monitor implant for Southampton firefighter in UK first

After the operation Miss Jones, who was accompanied at the hospital by her partner, Lucy O’Neill, 38, revealed she could feel the small device in her chest “not as much as I thought I would.”

She added:  It’s a bit tender and I imagine it will be sore for a few days. I hope the device will be able to pick up data when I get woozy.

“Hopefully this will help find out what is causing it as I can’t risk it happening to me when we are on a fire call.”

Dr Paul Roberts, consultant cardiologist at UHS, says the new Bluetooth device will be ‘game-changing’.

He said: “We are one of the first in Europe to implant this pioneering device that will now allow us to see 24/7 what is happening on that ECG without the patient having to leave their home.

“It’s different to the Bluetooth we have on our earphones and speakers – BlueSync technology is low energy and a new and novel form which also has rigorous high-level cyber security measures in place.

“Once it’s implanted we pair it up in the same way you would pair up other devices, and all the patient needs to do is keep the app open in the background on their phone or tablet to allow the data to transfer.

“Until now, we have had to bring the patient into hospital and remove the data from the device, sometimes every month.”

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