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 three years. The procedure to remove the device is similar to the procedure used to implant it.

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