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An implantable loop recorder is a small device placed in your chest to monitor your heart health for up to three years
Your heart pumps blood around your body with every beat, sending the necessary oxygen and nutrients to the right parts of your body to keep you alive. To pump your blood properly, your heart relies on a network of cells, often referred to as the heart's electrical system. An implantable loop recorder can detect the signals produced by your heart each time it beats to monitor the rhythm of your heart.
At Circle Health Group, we have a large network of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, including cardiologist consultants and physiologists, who can help you to take control of your heart health. If you have been told you need an ECG recorder, or would like someone to diagnose your heart condition and monitor your heart health, call us or book an appointment with a consultant online.
If you have a course of treatment with Circle Health Group, we usually offer a fixed-price package. We will let you know ahead of time exactly how much your treatment will cost, and the price will include follow-up appointments. However, the cost of your initial consultation and any diagnostic tests will be charged separately.
If you are paying for your own treatment, you can take advantage of our flexible payment options, which allow you to spread the cost of treatment over a period of up to five years.
If you have private health insurance, an implantable loop recorder will usually be covered by your policy. We work with all major providers of private medical insurance.
An implantable loop recorder can gather information that a standard ECG can't, because a standard ECG can only record your heartbeat for a few seconds or minutes. An implantable loop recorder monitors your heartbeat for up to three years, so it's more likely to capture the activity of your heart when you experience symptoms such as dizziness or fainting.
Before this starts, you will be given an injection of local anaesthetic to numb your chest, meaning you will be awake during the fitting but you won't feel anything. You will be able to ask your consultant questions throughout the fitting, if needed.
Your consultant will begin by making a small incision into the skin on the left side of your chest. They will then implant the loop recorder in this area just under your skin. The incision will then be closed with either medical glue or stitches.
You should be able to return to your everyday activities within days, unless advised otherwise by your consultant. They will ensure you have all the information you need to know about living with an implantable loop recorder, although the device should not interfere with your everyday life.
If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book an appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.