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San Diego patient among first to get tiny heart monitor
San Diego Union-Tribune

An out-of-sync heartbeat has sent retired funny car racer Chuck Beal to the hospital twice, but the 71-year-old speedster is hoping that a recent upgrade will keep him out of the pits in the future.

Beal is among the first in the nation to have a tiny heart monitor that is smaller than a AAA battery implanted under his skin to help detect potentially deadly heart muscle misfires, known as atrial fibrillation, before they become serious.