Cardiac Arrhythmia Monitoring and Loop Recorders

Written by Beverly Elliott, MSN, ANP-C, CCDS

Our Arrhythmia Diagnostics Department monitors many different short-term wearable cardiac arrhythmia monitors as well as implanted loop recorders. These offer long-term monitoring, up to three years, to aid in the diagnosis and management of cardiac arrhythmias. Implanted loop recorders are helpful especially when short-term wearable monitors (Holter monitors, event monitors and mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT)) have failed to yield a diagnosis in patients who have recurrent palpitations with or without associated symptoms such as dizziness, weakness or lightheadedness, unexplained syncope (fainting), have a history of, or are suspected of having atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm which can predispose to blood clotting and strokes) or have suffered unexplained neurological symptoms (transient ischemic attacks or" TIA," unexplained or "cryptogenic" stroke). 

We are pleased to announce that we have resumed our in-office placement of loop recorders for patient convenience. The loop recorder is placed subcutaneously, just under the skin, during a brief sterile procedure performed by our electrophysiologist, Dr. David Benson, who is assisted by our specially trained staff. There is no need for sutures (stitches), as the small incision requires only surgical skin glue, minimizing any scarring or discomfort. A remote monitor is provided and activated before the patient leaves the office. All monitoring is performed by our Arrhythmia Diagnostic Department staff, who work closely with your physician to provide superior service and support during your active monitoring. We are available during office hours to provide technical support and clinical feedback. If you would like more information about whether an implanted loop recorder is the right monitoring device for you, make an appointment with one of our physicians who will help guide you based on your unique needs.

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