Jonathan S. Steinberg, MD

Director

SMG Arrhythmia Center

973-436-4155 (tel)

973-436-4157 (fax)

 

Robert K. Altman, MD

SMG Arrhythmia Center

973-436-1330 (tel)

 

Francesco Santoni, MD

SMG Arrhythmia Center

973-404-9900 (tel)

Heart Studies & Tests

Heart Studies & Tests

Implantable Loop Recorder

 

An implantable loop recorder is a small device that is implanted under the skin to help identify the causes of fainting or palpitations. Syncope (or fainting) is a temporary loss of consciousness. Certain heart disorders can cause fainting, and abnormal heartbeats result from arrhythmias.

An implantable loop recorder is a small device that is inserted under the skin below the collar bone (usually on the patients left side). The procedure to implant the device is simple. Local anesthetic is injected into the area. A small puncture is made and device is inserted. The device continuously records heart activity similar to an ECG for up to 3 years. If the patient experiences an episode of fainting or palpitations the device is activated to save the recording before, during, and after the episode. The recordings can then be evaluated by a physician to help determine the cause.

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