Dr. Tiblier is a cardiac specialist who offers surgically-implanted loop recorders in patients who have recurring unexplained episodes of heart palpitations, syncope, seizures, dizziness, lightheadedness, other cardiac-related conditions that need long-term monitoring. The device is implanted in the left parasternal region (under the skin in the chest on the left side of the breastbone), and it is able to record an individual's heart rate and other problems which may arise. This loop recorder device is useful in patients who have symptons which are infrequent, where a short-term ECG cannot get enough data for the cardiologist to make an informed decision about their heart's health.
How does the Loop Recorder Work?
The loop recorder works in two different ways. First, it is activated according to certain heart ranges set on the device by the doctor. If the heart rate decreases below the lowest value, then the loop recorder will make note of the event, and if the heart rate goes above the highest value, the ILR (implant loop recorder) is also activated.
Dr. Tiblier uses the Reveal LINQ™ loop recorder, and here are some of its features:
* Smallest heart monitor on the market today
* Automatically detects and records any type of irregularities in heart rhythms for up to 3 years
* Safe for use in MRIs
How is the Implant Placed?
The ILR is set into place by your doctor with local anesthesia. A small incision, about 1.5 inches will be made just to the left of the breastbone. The ILR is inserted into this opening. No wires are needed. The incision is closed with sutures that are dissolved over time by the body. Patients will be able to go home on the same day of the procedure with few or no limitations to regular activities or work.
What Is Syncope?
Syncope is a heart condition which is defined as the loss of consciousness which could be caused from an obstruction of blood flow, pulmonary embolism, aortic stenosis, arrhythmia, or other serious heart conditions. There are several different treatment options for patients diagnosed with this condition. First, however, an individual will need to be studied for a specific length of time with a loop recorder implant so that Dr. Tiblier can determine the best form of treatment.
What Are Heart Palpitations?
Patients who have recurring episodes with palpitations can benefit from the use of a loop recorder. Often times, ECG monitoring can fall short when it comes to helping cardiologists to determine a diagnosis for a patient since it is only short-term. The loop recorder will be able to precisely make note of times when the heart rate is irregular.
For more information about the loop recorder, please call our office today to make an appointment with Dr. Tiblier.