FDA clears Medtronic’s LINQ II ICM for use in paediatric patients

MedTech company, Medtronic’s LINQ II Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) system has received 510(k) clearance by the US FDA for use in paediatric patients over the age of 2 who have heart rhythm abnormalities and require long-term, continuous monitoring. It is the first-and-only ICM to receive this clearance.

The LINQ II system is a small (one-third the size of a AAA battery), wireless ICM for patients with abnormal heart rhythms who experience infrequent symptoms including dizziness, palpitations, syncope (fainting) and chest pain, thereby requiring long-term monitoring or ongoing management. The LINQ II ICM, which has a battery life of up to 4.5 years, allows patients to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) when needed, and, as an implantable device, does not interfere with daily activities such as showering, bathing, or swimming. The latest-generation device has been implanted in thousands of patients globally since it was first commercialized in 2020.

Placed just beneath the skin through a small incision of less than 1 cm in the upper left side of the chest, the Reveal LINQ ICM is often nearly invisible to the naked eye once inserted. The device is placed using a minimally invasive insertion procedure, which simplifies the experience for both physicians and their patients.

“For paediatric cardiologists who see many young patients needing continuous, longterm monitoring for infrequent or unknown heart rhythm conditions, this expanded indication for the LINQ II ICM is critically important,” said Jennifer Silva, M.D., director of paediatric cardiac electrophysiology at Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “The data generated from these small monitors can help us better tailor treatment decisions and ongoing management for our patients.”

Julie Brewer, president of the Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Services business, which is part of the Cardiovascular Portfolio at Medtronic, said: “As a result of this milestone, physicians will be able to provide actionable data to help diagnose underlying heart conditions and define treatment protocols in our younger patients with abnormal heart rhythms. And parents can have peace of mind knowing their child’s heart is being monitored continuously, and their doctor will be notified of abnormal heartbeats.”

The LINQ II ICM system also includes the recently launched AccuRhythm AI algorithms, which applies artificial intelligence (AI) to heart rhythm event data collected by the LINQ II ICM, improving the accuracy of information physicians receive so they can better diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms. The two AI algorithms have been shown to reduce the number of false alerts specific to the most common ICM false alerts – atrial fibrillation and pause (asystole) – by 74.1% and 97.4% respectively, while preserving more than 99% of true alerts.

With integrated remote patient management, patients or their caregivers can choose to use their smartphones with the LINQ II ICM to automatically transfer device data via the MyCareLink Heart mobile app using BlueSync technology that enables secure communication via Bluetooth.

Medtronic has been a pioneer in the development of insertable cardiac monitors for more than 20 years; to date, more than 1.7 million patients have received a Medtronic ICM.

For more information, visit www.RevealLINQ.com