Understanding the Role of an Implantable Loop Recorder (ILR)
The Implantable Loop Recorder (ILR) is a compact, technologically advanced device specifically designed to continuously monitor and record your heart's electrical activity (ECG). It springs into action whenever it detects any abnormalities, documenting vital data for further medical analysis. Importantly, it also empowers patients to manually trigger a recording during episodes of dizziness or perceived skipped beats.
Often, ILR is deployed to pinpoint the cause of recurring unexplained fainting (syncope), especially when other simpler tests return normal results, but there is a strong suspicion of a heart rhythm anomaly. The device, nestled just under the skin of the chest, is introduced through a minor surgical procedure.
If you're considering a loop recorder placement, entrust your care to Dr Karthigesan. His unparalleled expertise in cardiac procedures ensures you receive the highest quality care for your heart. Contact Dr Karthigesan today and move forward with confidence in your heart health journey.
Types of Implantable Loop Recorders (ILRs)
Implantable Loop Recorders come in two main variants:
Assessing the Need for Loop Recorder Implantation
If these tests fail to identify any heart issues yet continue exhibiting symptoms like palpitation or fainting, you might need an ILR to get to the root of your symptoms.
Who Needs Loop Recorder Implantation?
The Procedure for Loop Recorder Placement
The Implantable Loop Recorder, roughly the size of a computer USB stick or even smaller, is positioned underneath the skin on the chest. Notably, there are no wires connecting it to the heart. This device is implanted under local anaesthesia as an outpatient procedure, providing a continuous recording of your heart's activity. This helps to diagnose heart rhythm disorders and the cause of unexplained fainting (syncope). Once the diagnosis has been made, the device can be removed. Here's a brief outline of the procedure:
The ILR remains in place for up to three years, monitoring your heart's activity. When the device detects an irregularity, it can automatically initiate a recording, or you may need to do so manually. You can trigger a recording by:
Loop Recorder Implantation: Before, During & After Procedure
Benefits of Implantable Loop Recorder Placement
Loop Recorder Placement: Your Questions, Our Answers
ILR is typically suggested for patients manifesting recurrent symptoms such as syncope (fainting), seizures, palpitations, lightheadedness, recurrent brain stroke, or dizziness. It's particularly beneficial for individuals who experience these serious symptoms sporadically due to heart rhythm abnormality, not frequently enough to be detected by a 24-hour or 30-day external monitor.
The ILR, with its three-year battery life, offers extended and constant monitoring of heart rhythm 24/7. This allows physicians ample time to capture and evaluate any abnormal heart rhythms.
Please reach out to Dr Karthigesan immediately if you notice any symptoms like syncope (fainting), seizures, palpitations, lightheadedness, recurrent brain stroke, or dizziness. He will be carrying out a device checkup immediately.