It is a small, lightweight device, roughly the size of a USB memory stick, fitted just below the collarbone through a minor surgical procedure. This can be performed in-house by one of our experienced cardiologists who have fitted thousands of implantable devices.
Before the procedure
Before the procedure, you will be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, and a small area of skin near your collarbone may be shaved. The area will be injected with a local anaesthetic prior to insertion in order to eliminate any pain or discomfort. The incision for insertion of the device is small, usually around 2cm.
The procedure takes around half an hour to complete. The loop recorder does not usually cause any discomfort once it has been inserted. The readings are taken using a hand-held activator which allows you to trigger the device to record information whenever you are experiencing symptoms.
The information it records is then downloaded during your cardiology appointment, to allow the doctor to understand what is going on with your heart in relation to your symptoms. The loop recorder can be worn for months at a time, and is especially helpful in monitoring occasional symptoms, where ECG or 24-hour monitoring does not allow an accurate picture of whats going on.
What to do next
If you have been advised by a doctor to have a loop recorder fitted, or if you are experiencing any cardiac symptoms and would like to speak to a cardiologist, please call us to make an appointment.
Our team includes some of the countrys leading heart specialists, and we are here to help.
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