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Cardiac Loop Recorder Insertion or Removal

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about cardiac loop recorder insertion or removal?

A cardiac loop recorder is a device that continuously records your heart rhythm. It is used to diagnose problems that do not have a clear cause or do not happen often. The device records heart rhythm patterns, called EKGs. A loop recorder may be recommended if you have a fast or irregular heartbeat, fainting, seizures, or dizziness. It can also be used for long-term monitoring if you have atrial fibrillation or have had a heart attack. The device will be removed after it has collected enough data or the cause of your symptoms have been found. The device may be removed or replaced if you have used it for 3 years. The device may be replaced if your heart rhythm still needs to be monitored or the battery stopped.

How do I prepare for my procedure?

What will happen during the procedure?

What should I expect after the procedure?

What are the risks of cardiac loop recorder insertion or removal?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection at the procedure site. The procedure may cause damage to your heart or blood vessels. The device may stop working sooner than expected.

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