Loop Recorder Implants in Fremont
Advanced Tracking of Electrical Heart Activity
The Implantable Loop recorder (ILR) is a very small, thin device that is
placed just under the skin of the chest. Once implanted, it is able to
record the heart’s electrical activity and provide a physician with
valuable information on what may be causing a patient’s seizures,
fainting spells, or dizziness. ILRs start recording under 2 conditions:
- Doctors set a parameter of “acceptable heart rates.” If the
heart falls below or rises above this range, the ILR begins recording.
As ILRs are painless, the patient will be unaware the device has started
- Patients are provided with an activator that allows them to trigger an
ILR whenever they feel lightheaded or dizzy.
The Implant Procedure
At Washington Township Medical Foundation, your implant will be administered
by skilled surgeons and electrophysiologists. After having heart rate,
blood pressure, and other factors checked, an anesthetic will be administered.
A small incision is made and the LRI is securely placed under the skin
close to the heart.
The procedure is minimally invasive, and many patients do not even feel
any discomfort during or after the operation. If any pain persists after
the operation, contact your physician.
How Does an ILR Help?
ILRs are primarily used for diagnostic purposes. By reviewing what times
the device started recording and discussing the circumstances with the
patient, physicians can determine the cause of fainting spells and seizures.
Appropriate treatments can then be prescribed.
Implantable Loop Recorder procedures are available in Fremont and the surrounding
areas at Washington Township Medical Foundation. Contact us if you have
questions about the procedure or think you are a viable candidate for an ILR.