About Your Implantable Cardiac Loop Recorder
This handout will give you information about your implantable loop recorder and help you learn
how to take care of it.
You had a loop recorder placed on: _____________ by Dr. _________________________.
The company that made your loop recorder is ___________________________________.
You have a follow-up visit to check wound healing and to interrogate your loop recorder
UW Health Heart and Vascular Care Device Clinic – (608) 263-1530
What is a loop recorder?
A loop recorder is a small device that was placed in your body. It is just under the skin on your
chest. This monitors your heart’s electrical activity.
Why do you need a loop recorder?
Loop recorders are put in to help find the cause of your symptoms. These may be a racing or
pounding heartbeat, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting. Your doctor can look at the
information stored by the device to help find the best treatment for you.
When you experience or have symptoms of , use your Medtronic
handheld Patient Assistant device. This will “save” the event to your loop recorder. Carry it
with you at all times so that you have it whenever you experience symptoms.
(Patient Assistant device)
(Medtronic Carelink Monitor)
Your loop recorder will save symptoms
episodes. If you use up all your symptom episodes please
call us to plan a remote transmission. We can then look at
what your heart’s electrical activity was doing at those
You will then use your Medtronic Carelink Monitor to send us your information (please
review your Patient Manual that was given to you at the time of the procedure). Auto
transmission may also occur if certain rhythms or rates are noted.
How to use your loop recorder:
Your loop recorder will be checked about every three months; how often will be decided by your
doctor. We will talk more about this during your next appointment.
If DermaBond® “Clear Glue” was applied to your incision, you may shower the day after your
If a dressing was applied over your incision:
ξ Leave the current bandage on until __________.
ξ Site should be kept clean and dry (no showering) for _____ days following the
procedure. When you do shower, let the soap and water run down the incision, don’t
scrub or rub the site.
ξ The Steri-Strips™ (the thin pieces of tape over the incision) hold the skin together as it
heals. These should be left in place until they fall off on their own or the nurse will
remove them at your first visit.
Do not use any lotions or ointments over the incision. As the site heals, you may feel itching; this
is normal. Do not scratch or rub the site.
Look at the site daily for any signs of infection:
ξ Warmth over the site
ξ increased tenderness
ξ fever (101° F or greater)
If you notice any of the above, you need to call device clinic the same day at (608) 263-1530.
Some bruising is expected.
When to call the doctor or the Device Clinic:
ξ If you have any signs of infection.
ξ If you use up all your “symptom” episodes or you faint.
ξ If you are going to have any tests or surgeries done, we may want you to first do a
If you have pain at the site, you may take any mild pain reliever that has worked for you in the
past (Tylenol® or ibuprofen (Motrin®).
May also apply an ice pack over site for added pain control.
Your Loop Recorder ID card:
You have been given a temporary ID card. Carry this with you at all times. The device company
will mail your permanent card to you in about 2 months. Be sure to tell all people that you see
for your health care that you have a loop recorder. If they have any questions, have them call our
clinic, (608) 263-1530.
Most electrical equipment is safe for you to be around. Some may give your device a wrong
recording. Please read the booklet printed by the manufacturer.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 5/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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