A loop recorder is a device that is used to continuously monitor a patient’s heart rhythm. It is particularly useful for patients who have infrequent symptoms of palpitations, dizziness or blackouts that cannot be captured with 24-hour monitors.
The implantation of the device requires a minor surgical procedure as it is placed under the skin on the left hand side of the chest. The device continually records and stores the patient's heart rhythm. The patient has also been given a device that is placed over the recorder when he has symptoms, the loop recorder will store information about the heart rate at that time. Once a recording is made, the patient will visit the hospital, where his Consultant Cardiologist will review the information from the device to help inform a diagnosis.
Loop recording device implantation & follow up consultation are available at Spire Shawfair Park hospital from £3,600.