My Crozer-Keystone Story: Devereaue Emmi, Electrophysiology Patient - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on January 06, 2016

My Crozer-Keystone Story: Devereaue Emmi, Electrophysiology Patient

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
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Devereaue Emmi of Logan Township, N.J. received an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) to diagnose her sudden fainting episodes.

Devereaue Emmi of Logan Township, N.J.
received an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM)
to diagnose her sudden fainting episodes.

Imagine what life would be like if you were prone to sudden fainting episodes. For more than a year, this scary proposition was reality for Devereaue Emmi of Logan Township, N.J.

“The worst of these episodes happened while I was driving,” Emmi says. Fearful of what may have caused the issue, she followed up with Michael Goodkin, M.D., Crozer-Keystone cardiologist. “I had, what they called, the ‘million-dollar workup,’” Emmi says. “My doctors placed me on a two-day heart monitor, then a three-week monitor, but I did not have any events during those times. They could not figure out what was wrong.” Three months later, she passed out again. “My doctor referred me to Dr. David Kleinman at that point,” Emmi says.

Dr. Kleinman, who is director of Crozer-Keystone’s Electrophysiology Laboratory, knew something was wrong but needed more information. He decided that an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) would help fill in the gaps and get to the root of the problem.

“Dev’s situation is very common—infrequent but recurrent fainting spells with an extensive workup that is negative,” Dr. Kleinman says. “An implantable loop recorder like LINQ is invaluable in diagnosing the problem as it monitors the heart rhythm continuously for 3 years. In Dev’s case it led to appropriate therapy which stopped her fainting episodes.” The device is inserted just beneath the skin in the chest area to constantly monitor heart rhythms. Cardiologists use the monitoring data to tailor a treatment plan that can include medication, lifestyle modification or additional procedures.

“Dr. Kleinman implanted the monitor at the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in August, 2012,” Emmi says. “It was a short procedure under local anesthetic. During the last week of September 2012, I had another episode while riding as a passenger in a car ─ and the monitor captured that event. Fortunately, my daughter was with me. She helped me to get my seat back and prevented us from having an accident. I saw Dr. Kleinman the next day and he reviewed the data from my monitor. The following week, he implanted a pacemaker.”

After a year of fainting spells and the fear of not knowing what was causing them, Emmi is grateful for Dr. Kleinman’s intervention. “I haven’t had any more episodes where I pass out,” she says. “It was a relief to get this done. It saved my life.”

To learn more about Crozer-Keystone’s cardiovascular services, including electrophysiology, please call 1-866-95-PULSE (1-866-95-78573) or visit crozerkeystone.org/heart.

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