Loop Recorder Implantation is a process in which a ILR device is implanted in the body underneath the chest skin.
Some facts about Loop Recorder Implantation:
The most common usage of implantable loop recorder include looking for causes of fainting, palpitations, very fast or slow heartbeats, and hidden rhythms that can cause strokes.
A minor procedure is done by your cardiologist during a loop recorder implantation.
The small device will be placed under your skin, on your chest wall, overlying the heart.
The machine works as an electrocardiogram (ECG) by continuously picking up electrical signal from your heart which can help find abnormal heart rhythms that can cause a number of problems such as fainting.
A loop recorder implantation is required if you have fainting episodes or palpitations, and other tests have not yet given you any answers, since repeated fainting can have a negative effect on your physical and emotional health.
A pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICDs) is required once these fainting episodes are diagnosed.
A loop recorder is also required if your healthcare provider wants to look for very fast or slow heartbeats as these abnormal heartbeats can cause palpitations, or even lead to strokes.
All loop recorders generally come programmed to record certain fast and slow heart rates.
Loop recorders also come with a handheld activator that helps to save the signals collected over a certain period of time, which is important because it can also help explain if a fast or slow heartbeat is not what is causing your problems
You may need to keep your loop recorder for up to 2 or 3 years.
You will need to have it removed in a similar procedure when you no longer need it.
Preparation for Loop Recorder Implantation:
Your doctor should be notified if you are allergic to or are sensitive to any medications, latex, tape, iodine, or anesthetic agents (local and general).
Drinking anything including water and eating anything the night before the implantation is restricted.
Your doctor should be notified of all prescription and over-the-counter medications and herbal or other supplements that you are taking.
A blood test prior to the implantation may be done to determine how long it takes your blood to clot.
A sedative may be given before the procedure to help you relax.
You may need to stay at least one night in the hospital after the procedure to ensure the pacemaker functions properly and for observation .
Other specific preparation may be requested by your doctor based on your medical condition
Procedure for Loop Recorder Implantation:
Medicine will be given to help you relax and a local anesthetic will be put on your skin to numb it.
A small incision in your skin will be made by your cardiologist which is usually done in the left upper chest.
A small pocket under your skin will be created and the loop recorder will be placed in this pocket.
The machine is about the size of a flat AA battery.
Your incision will be closed with sutures and a bandage will be put on the area.