An implantable loop recorder is a small device which is injected under the skin and is able to monitor for heart rhythm problems for up to 3 years.
The procedure can be done under local anaesthetic in a procedure room, it does not require an operating theatre, and this will be discussed with you.
A small cut in the skin is made and the device is injected under the skin surface. The skin is then closed, usually with skin glue.
Implantable loop recorders are useful to investigate unexplained collapses, or to record heart rhythm disturbances that occur only occasionally and have not be captured by other means.
There are few risks with a loop recorder insertion, the main risk is discomfort at implantation, or infection of the implant site, thankfully these are uncommon.
The loop recorder is able to take automated readings when it determines there has been a heart rhythm problem, the device also comes with an activator to allow recoridng of manual events to advise when there have been symptoms.
The loop recorder comes with a home monitor which is able to transmit heart rhythm recordings directly to the hospital for monitoring.
The loop recorder implant procedures are offered any of the clinics in Dundee, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
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