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Cardiac Loop Recorder Insertion
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A cardiac loop recorder is a device used to diagnose heart rhythm problems, such as a fast or irregular heartbeat. It is implanted in your left chest or armpit, just under the skin. The device records a pattern of your heart's rhythm, called an EKG. Your device records automatic EKGs, depending on how your healthcare provider programs it. You may also receive a handheld controller. You press a button on the controller when you have symptoms, such as dizziness or lightheadedness. The device will record an EKG at that moment. The recording can help your healthcare provider see if your symptoms may be caused by heart rhythm problems. Your healthcare provider will remove the device after it has collected enough data. You may need the device for up to 3 years. The procedure to remove the device is similar to the procedure used to implant it.
Follow up with your cardiologist as directed:
You will need to return in 1 to 2 weeks. Your cardiologist will check your incision. He may also program your device settings again. He will retrieve data from the device every 1 to 3 months with a monitor held over your skin. You may be able to transmit data from your device over the phone. You will do this by calling a number provided by your cardiologist. Ask for information about this process. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Carefully wash your incision with soap and water. Keep the area clean and dry until it heals.
Return to activity:
Most people can return to normal activities soon after the procedure. Your cardiologist may want to know if your work involves electrical current or high-voltage equipment. Ask about other electrical items that could interfere with your cardiac loop recorder.
Contact your cardiologist if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel weak, dizzy, or faint.
- You lose consciousness.
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