What is an implantable loop recorder?
Suman Pasupuleti, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
An implantable loop recorder is a recorder that can be implanted under the skin to record heart rhythm for up to 3 years. Watch this video to learn more about interventional cardiology from Suman Pasupuleti, MD at Citrus Memorial Hospital.
Kushal K. Handa, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Implantable loop recorders (ILR) are diagnostic tools used to aid in the diagnosis of syncope (fainting caused by insufficient blood supply to the brain), and passing out spells. They do not provide therapy. With ILR, patients may "save" recordings of their heart rhythms when they occur for later interpretation. The expected longevity of an ILR is approximately 14 months.

Sometimes your cardiologist will want to gather information about how your heart functions over a period of time outside of the medical office. One method for gathering data is an implantable loop recorder, a medical device that is placed beneath the skin in the chest to record data about heart events over a long period of time - up to two years. This type of monitoring can help diagnose someone who has infrequent symptoms. You can typically return home and to normal activity the same day the device is surgically implanted at the hospital.

This is a temporary implant that helps diagnose cardiac arrhythmias that are difficult to detect, such as those that occur only sporadically. This device creates a record of a patient’s heart rate and rhythm for later analysis and is then removed.

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Implantable Medical Devices For The Heart

Implantable Medical Devices For The Heart

If you have a heart problem, implantable medical devices can be used to help your heart function properly. Several types of devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are available to keep your heart beating strong. ...

These devices -- including a pacemaker, stent and heart pump -- can help improve the quality of your life, lower your risk of a heart attack and help reduce chest pain. Learn more about implantable medical devices for the heart with expert advice from Sharecare.

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