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Loop Recorder Implantation

Cary Cardiology, P.A.

Multi-Specialty Cardiovascular Group located in Cary, NC & Fuquay-Varina, NC

When traditional cardiac tests fail to provide answers to explain your heart palpitations or fainting episodes, the experienced cardiovascular team at Cary Cardiology, P.A., may recommend loop recorder implantation (ILR) at their offices in Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Dunn, and Benson, North Carolina. This device tracks your heart’s electrical activity to better understand the function of your heart. To learn more about loop recorder implantation, call the Cary Cardiology, P.A., office nearest you or book online today.

Loop Recorder Implantation Q&A

What is loop recorder implantation?

Loop recorder implantation (ILR) is a device the Cary Cardiology, P.A., team uses to get more information about your heart-related symptoms. Your cardiologist places the heart-recording device under the skin of your chest. 

 

The implant works like an electrocardiogram, tracking your heart’s electrical activity over time. This activity sets the rhythm of the heartbeat.

 

The loop recorder implantation can find irregularities in your heartbeat not detectable with short-term heart monitoring devices such as the Holter monitor, which tracks heart activity over a 24- to 48-hour period.

Am I a candidate for loop recorder implantation?

Your provider at Cary Cardiology, P.A., determines if you’re a candidate for loop recorder implantation after a consultation. They use this device when other less invasive treatments, such as an in-office EKG, fail to provide enough information to explain your heart palpitations or frequent fainting.

 

They may also consider you a candidate for loop recorder implantation if you have an arrhythmia or an unexplained stroke. Older adults with frequent falls may also benefit from this implanted device.

What happens during loop recorder implantation?

When you come in for a consultation at Cary Cardiology, P.A., your provider reviews the details of your loop recorder implantation. They may place the device at the office or a surgical center. They’ll also give you medication to help you relax during implantation, but you remain awake for the procedure.

 

Your provider makes an incision in the skin on your chest, inserts the device, and sutures the incision closed. The loop recorder implant remains in place for up to three years.

What can I expect after loop recorder implantation?

Placement of the loop recorder is a minor procedure and requires little downtime. After placement, you get a transmitting device that automatically sends information from your implant to the team at Cary Cardiology, P.A. 

 

With the loop recorder implant and transmitting device, you can push a button when you’re having symptoms, sending the information directly to the team. 

 

The team also requests you keep a diary detailing your activities and symptoms. This regular tracking and monitoring helps the experts at Cary Cardiology, P.A., provide the best possible care. They have you come in when needed and schedule routine follow-ups every six months for monitoring and treatments.

 

Find out more about the benefits of loop recorder implantation by calling the Cary Cardiology, P.A., office nearest you or booking a consultation online today.