What is an Implantable Loop Recorder?
A loop recorder is a small electronic implantable device used to diagnose causes of fainting where a cardiac rhythm disturbance is suspected. It can also be used to diagnose cardiac rhythm disturbances which occur infrequently and are difficult to record due to time between events.
It is implanted under local anaesthetic . The device is inserted under the skin over the heart and can record events for up to 3 years. Some devices can be remotely monitored and the data down loaded over the telephone.
Once the diagnosis is made the device can be removed .