If you have unexplained symptoms like heart palpitations or fainting, you may benefit from diagnostic testing using a loop recorder. At Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, with offices in South Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Florida, experienced cardiologist, Vatsal Inamdar, MD, along with the skilled team offers comprehensive care for loop recorder insertions and extractions. To determine if diagnostic testing using a loop recorder is right for you, schedule a consultation today, by phone or use the online booking feature.
A loop recorder is an implantable device that records heart activity. Dr. Inamdar at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute offers both loop recorder insertions and extractions and may suggest this procedure to diagnose the cause of issues like:
You may also need a loop recorder to identify hidden heart rhythms that can trigger a stroke.
Loop recordings are often necessary if you have symptoms Dr. Inamdar can’t diagnose through other methods. In some cases, this type of test can be life-saving as symptoms like recurrent fainting can affect your physical and mental health and put you at greater risk for sudden death.
During the insertion of a loop recorder, Dr. Inamdar makes a small surgical incision in your chest and places the small recording device just underneath your skin and over your heart. The recorder begins picking up electrical signals from the heart, recording the information for diagnostic analysis.
You can expect to go home to rest following your procedure, and you may need pain relievers to keep you comfortable. Many people can return to their usual activities the next day.
Dr. Inamdar can determine how long you need to keep the loop recorder based on your symptoms and your overall health. During checkups at Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute, he monitors your condition and loop recorder need.
You can keep the device for as long as three years, and when you no longer need it, Dr. Inamdar can perform a minor surgical procedure to remove it.
Because minor surgery is involved with both the insertion and extraction of a loop recorder, there is a risk for damage to your heart and surrounding blood vessels.
Other common side effects of the procedures include:
Dr. Inamdar puts your health as a top priority during each procedure, ensuring you’re healthy enough for implantation and monitoring your health while the loop recorder is in use. If you develop an infection or other complication, Dr. Inamdar may need to remove the loop recorder earlier than expected.
To find out more about loop recorder insertions and extractions, contact Vein, Heart and Vascular Institute. Call the office nearest you to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.