Heart monitor first for NZ

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 09/06/2014
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Susan Mundt

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Susan Mundt's life will change forever today.

Five years ago, and after decades of feeling like something was amiss, the Stratford woman was diagnosed with a 2cm hole in her heart after having a turn while out gardening.

Shortly after her diagnosis, she underwent surgery in Auckland to seal the hole.

She said finally finding out what was wrong with her not only came as a relief but provided her with motivation to live a healthier lifestyle, which included taking up running.

"It's been a bit of an awakening really," she said.

Now the 43-year-old will be first person in New Zealand to be fitted with the world's smallest cardiac monitor at Waikato Hospital.

Today's procedure, which takes less than a minute, will provide Mundt and the specialist team in charge of her treatment the ability to wirelessly diagnose and manage potentially dangerous irregular heartbeats she may have.

The device is placed just under the skin, involving an incision of less than 1cm and can provide uninterrupted monitoring for up to three years.

Mundt said the technology available for people suffering from similar conditions to her was amazing and she was excited about being part of New Zealand medical history.

"It's fantastic," she said.

The technology will give the mother of one some piece of mind too, after years of living with symptoms like heart palpitations and dizziness.

Any changes in her heart will be picked up quickly and action can be taken if required between any specialist appointments she might already have arranged.

She said she was glad she had now received the treatment she needed for her condition and encouraged people to seek specialist help if they felt something was not right with their body.

"You know your own body and you know if something's wrong, " she said.

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