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How is an implantable monitor inserted?

An implantable monitor is a small device inserted under your skin if you pass out often and other tests cannot find a cause. It is inserted with the same technique used for pacemakers - through an incision and under the skin beneath the collarbone. You will be given pain medication and sedatives so you are comfortable during the procedure.
A pacemaker requires leads (wires) to be threaded to the heart through major veins. But there are no leads for an implantable monitor. The incision is smaller and the procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Which means you should be able to go home the same day.

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Heart Disease Treatment

Heart Disease Treatment

Treatment options for heart disease depend on the type of disease you have. Less severe blockages in arteries are treated with lifestyle modification, control of risk factors and medications while severe blockages are treated with ...

medication, angioplasty or bypass surgery. Some patients may be eligible for cardiac rehabilitation, a medically supervised program designed to help you heal your heart and keep it healthy.
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