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Implantable Loop Recorder

What is an implantable 'Loop Recorder'?

A Loop Recorder is a small cardiac monitoring device designed to record heart rate and rhythm and is used to confirm or rule out abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). Loop Recorders by way of a small device inserted (subcutaneously) just under the skin can detect and record your heart rhythm for up to 3 years with the use of a remote monitor.

What are arrhythmias?

Arrhythmias result from a problem in the heart's electrical system. Electrical signals follow a pathway through the heart and it is the movement of these signals that causes your heart to contract. Your Electrocardiogram (ECG) provides a recording of this process.

What does the Loop Recorder look like?

The Loop Recorder is small device, approximately the size of a paper clip.

How should I prepare for the procedure to implant the Loop Recorder?

You will be provided by Adelaide Cardiology staff with 'Preparation for Hospital Guidelines' which will include specific instructions related to:

  • Whether to continue or stop certain medications
  • How long to fast prior to your procedure
  • What your hospital's check-in procedures are, and how long you will stay in hospital
  • Any out of pocket costs you may incur for the procedure

How is the 'Loop Recorder' inserted?

The Loop Recorder is inserted (subcutaneously) just under the skin close to your collar bone, usually on your left side. It is a simple, minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthetic in an operating theatre.

Local anaesthetic will be injected into the insertion site and a small incision is made to allow for the placement of the device. After the device has been inserted the small incision will be closed with either 'Steri-Strips' or sutured into place and a small dressing will cover the site.

How long will the procedure take to complete?

Insertion of the Loop Recorder will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

What will happen after the procedure?

You will need to remain in hospital for 4 hours after the procedure. You may experience some tenderness and bruising at the insertion site. An appointment will be made for you to see your Cardiologist, 4 weeks after your procedure.

How will my device be monitored?

Prior to discharge you will be provided with instructions on how to use your Remote Monitor and our Remote Device Monitoring team will be contactable to assist in your enquiries.

For additional information regarding your Loop Recorder please refer to:
https://www.adelaidecardiology.com.au/for-patients/cardiac-devices-remote-monitoring/what-is-remote-monitoring and https://www.adelaidecardiology.com.au/for-patients/cardiac-devices-remote-monitoring/frequently-asked-questions