What is a loop recorder implantation?

A loop recorder is a small device that is implanted under the skin of the chest to monitor the heart’s electrical activity over an extended period of time. It is a type of heart monitor that continuously records the heart’s rhythm and can help diagnose irregular heartbeats, also known as arrhythmias.

During a loop recorder implantation procedure, a small incision is made in the chest and the device is placed under the skin. The procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia and mild sedation.

Who is it for?

Loop recorder implantation may be recommended for patients who have symptoms of irregular heartbeats, such as palpitations or fainting, but have not been diagnosed with a specific arrhythmia. It may also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for arrhythmias or to determine if a patient is at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

What to expect on the day?

Loop recorder implantation is usually performed in a hospital under local anaesthesia and mild sedation. The procedure typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

During the procedure, the cardiologist will make a small incision in the chest and insert the loop recorder under the skin. The device is then programmed to record the heart’s electrical activity continuously or intermittently for a period of time, which can range from a few weeks to several years.

After the procedure, you will be monitored for about an hour to ensure that there are no complications, such as bleeding. You will go home the same day as the procedure.

You will be given instructions on how to care for the incision site and the loop recorder, and may need to avoid strenuous activities for a short period of time.

Overall, loop recorder implantation is a safe and effective way to monitor the heart’s electrical activity over an extended period of time.