Link to Life - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Link to Life

Posted: Updated:

A local surf shop owner had a real scare when a heart problem stopped him in his tracks. 7s Diana Diaz shows us how new technology is giving him a Link to Life.

WSVN -- Bruce Cromartie has always had a love affair with surfing.

Bruce Cromartie: "I've surfed for over 40 years since I was in my teens."

He loved it so much he opened his own surf shop in Fort Lauderdale.

Bruce Cromartie: "And over the years we've grown it to 16 stores."

He worked hard every day but a few months ago when he felt something strange which stopped him in his tracks.

Bruce Cromartie: "I woke up one morning and felt a fluttering in my chest. This just didn't feel right, felt very odd."

The doctor thought it might be atrial fibrillation, which could be very serious.

Dr. Rishi Anand: "It's the most common arrhythmia in the United States and unfortunately it puts people at risk for a stroke."

They tried to take an EKG but the fluttering stopped. So they sent Bruce to see a specialist at Holy Cross Hospital.

Dr. Rishi Anand: "You can think of me as an electrician for the heart."

That's where Dr. Rishi Anand inserted a tiny device in Bruce's chest called the Reveal Linq.

Dr. Rishi Anand: "It's almost like sci-fi where we insert a little chip underneath the skin and it's wirelessly monitoring your heartbeat 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The device made by Medtronic, is a third the size of a triple-a battery but it does a lot.

Dr. Rishi Anand: "This device has the ability to automatically record your heartbeat if it sees your heart stop for 3 seconds or longer."

Now if Bruce feels palpitations again, he uses a remote-controlled device. The size of a garage door opener to record the irregular heartbeat.

Dr. Rishi Anand: "I can hold it up to my chest, press the button, and it marks that for them."

That information is sent wirelessly to his doctor to diagnose the problem and treat it before a heart event occurs.

Dr. Rishi Anand: "Right now Bruce the device is talking to your monitor wirelessly. It's actually downloading the information off your little device."

Bruce got some good news.

Dr. Rishi Anand: "You've had no fast heartbeats or tachycardia. You've had no slow heartbeats or pauses."

Doctors still don't know what caused Bruce's palpitations so they will continue to monitor him. He's thankful this new technology is giving him more control over his own health.

Bruce Cromartie: "Feel lucky to live in a world where things like that can be used to prevent potentially very serious problems."

The device can be kept in the patient for three years if necessary. Doctors are calling it a great diagnostic tool.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Holy Cross Hospital

Cardiology Associates of Fort Lauderdale

4725 North Federal Highway

Suite 401

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Tel: (954) 772-2136

  • Room for ImprovementMore>>

  • Coastal Makeover

    Coastal Makeover

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:03:40 GMT
    The South Florida water is a great inspiration for any home. On today's Room for Improvement, our Makeover Maestro is bringing the style of the coast inside.
    The South Florida water is a great inspiration for any home. On today's Room for Improvement, our Makeover Maestro is bringing the style of the coast inside.
  • Bookcase DIY

    Bookcase DIY

    Monday, July 7 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-07-08 00:41:16 GMT
    Tired of that plain bookcase in your office? On today's Room for Improvement, our Makeover Maestro has an easy project to spruce up that boring piece of furniture.
    Tired of that plain bookcase in your office? On today's Room for Improvement, our Makeover Maestro has an easy project to spruce up that boring piece of furniture.

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

    Monday, June 23 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-06-23 22:06:19 GMT
    Children have taken over their family's dining room. Our makeover maestro showing the parents how to get it back in tonight's Room for Improvement.
    Children have taken over their family's dining room. Our makeover maestro showing the parents how to get it back in tonight's Room for Improvement.

  • Appsolute MustMore>>

  • Sell, Buy and Clean out

    Sell, Buy and Clean out

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:19:21 GMT
    Technology is making it easier to tackle de-cluttering projects and you can get paid doing it. 7's Craig Stevens has details in tonight's appsolute must.
    Technology is making it easier to tackle de-cluttering projects and you can get paid doing it. 7's Craig Stevens has details in tonight's appsolute must.
  • Fashion Apps

    Fashion Apps

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:10:05 GMT
    We've all bought clothes we've never worn. We've got the apps to help you organize your closet, create trendy outfits and get rid of what you don't wear. Craig Stevens is here now with today's appsolute must-have downloads.
    We've all bought clothes we've never worn. We've got the apps to help you organize your closet, create trendy outfits and get rid of what you don't wear. Craig Stevens is here now with today's appsolute must-have downloads.
  • Fishing Apps

    Fishing Apps

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-06-25 21:59:23 GMT
    With fishing season reeling in, you are going to want these useful apps. Craig Stevens is here now with today's Appsolute Must-have downloads.
    With fishing season reeling in, you are going to want these useful apps. Craig Stevens is here now with today's Appsolute Must-have downloads.

  • Medical ReportsMore>>

  • Medicine Names

    Medicine Names

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:06:42 GMT
    WSVN -- Ever wondered how a drug gets its name? Some of the biggest pharmaceutical drugs in the world are named in Downtown Miami.
    WSVN -- Ever wondered how a drug gets its name? Some of the biggest pharmaceutical drugs in the world are named in Downtown Miami.
  • Tiny Tools

    Tiny Tools

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:51:25 GMT
    Doctors know operating on children is different than on adults. Now thanks to some tiny tools, life-saving surgeries can be done on even the smallest patients. 7's Diana Diaz shows us.
    Doctors know operating on children is different than on adults. Now thanks to some tiny tools, life-saving surgeries can be done on even the smallest patients. 7's Diana Diaz shows us.
  • Erase The Ink

    Erase The Ink

    Friday, July 11 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-11 21:37:24 GMT
    Removing a tattoo isn't always quick and easy, but a new laser treatment is promising results with fewer treatments. 7's Diana Diaz shows us a breakthrough way to erase the ink.
    Removing a tattoo isn't always quick and easy, but a new laser treatment is promising results with fewer treatments. 7's Diana Diaz shows us a breakthrough way to erase the ink.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.