What is a Loop Recorder?
loop recorder is a pager-sized non-invasive monitoring device
used to record your heart's rhythm. It is worn for fourteen (14) days while you go about your usual daily activities and can be taken off at any time. Two (2) electrodes are worn on your chest and wires attach the electrodes to the monitor. The loop recorder is worn continuously except while bathing, showering, or swimming.
When you feel cardiac symptoms such as an irregular heartbeat, simply press the record button. The loop monitor records and stores the cardiac event; up to 6 events can be stored on the monitor.
The recordings from the heart monitor can then be transmitted by phone to our monitoring centre where you will speak with one of our cardiac technologists. Once transmitted, the monitors' memory will be erased and the process can begin again.
What is the Purpose of a Loop Recorder?
Many times, heart-related symptoms are infrequent and unpredictable, making it difficult to monitor accurately. It can be very difficult for your physician to properly observe and assess these types of cardiovascular events and treat you accordingly.
Using a loop monitor to record your heart's rhythm will help you receive proper medical diagnosis and treatment.
The loop recorder is worn for fourteen (14) days, recording cardiac events for an extended period of time, thus increasing the likelihood of accurately capturing cardiovascular abnormalities.
What Do I Have To Do?
walk-in or make an appointment to meet with a patient educator, who will teach you how to use the monitor to record a cardiac event and how to send your information over the phone to our
cardiac monitoring centre. A baseline heart rhythm will be done at the time of your appointment, which will be used to provide your physician with a normal heart rhythm for comparison.
While wearing the non-invasive heart monitor, you should go about your usual daily routine. When you experience your symptoms, simply press the record button on your heart monitor and write your symptoms in the diary provided.
Once a number of events have been recorded, they may be transmitted to the monitoring centre, where you will speak with a cardiac technologist.
What Will the Results of the Loop Recorder Indicate?
Your recorded cardiac events will be compared to your baseline heart rhythm and interpreted by a local cardiologist or internist. The results will help your physician decide the best course of treatment for you.
A physician's referral is required to use a loop recorder. The cost of the loop recorder is covered by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan).
If you have any questions, our cardiac technologists will be pleased to answer them or troubleshoot any heart monitor-related issues you may be experiencing. Contact us at 519-987-0611.
The monitoring centre's hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.