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Abbott receives CE mark for 6-year insertable cardiac monitor

The device can continuously monitor a patient’s heart rhythms for either three or six years, depending on users’ needs.

Abbott has received a CE mark for an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) with a six-year battery life, the company said Monday.

The Assert-IQ ICM monitors a patient’s heart continuously to detect arrhythmias for either three or six years. Abbott sees the six-year option as suitable for longer-term monitoring of people at risk of developing arrhythmias.

Assert-IQ’s six-year battery life exceeds the 4.5-year lifespan of Medtronic’s Linq II device. The batteries in Biotronik’s Biomonitor III and Boston Scientific’s Lux-Dx II last for four years and three years, respectively.

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