LOS ANGELES -- Heart disease kills more people than any other disease in the U.S. But a new type of technology could help turn those numbers around. An implantable heart monitor helps patients take control of their health. This new technology gives doctors an "inside" look into a patient's heart and how well they are doing. And it could help millions of heart patients live better, more productive lives.
Rodney Clarke already has a pacemaker, defibrillator and an aortic valve implant. Now he's one of the first heart-disease patients to get a new implanted monitor.
"It's given me the availability of being able to have some of the quality of my life back," said Clarke. "It's actually one of the latest technology advances that allows us to move to what we call 'personalized medicine,'" said Dr. Spencer Rosero, director of the Pacemaker Clinic, University of Rochester.