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NEED INFORMATION! Implantable Loop Recorder
Has anyone had one of these implanted before?? My cardiologist discussed putting one in. I am personally all for it if it can potentially help figure out what is going on. It has been a long, very frustrating road. He seemed a bit reluctant because of scarring. At this point, I dont even care if it will help with a diagnosis. Can anyone offer me information on the scarring and what to expect from the procedure itself when it is inserted? Do they just use local? Does it hurt? Is it like a surgery? Please...any information will help. Thanks!
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I had one offered to me, decided against it.  Whatever rhythm issues I've had, I could catch them on an event monitor within 14-30 days.  If the event occurs less frequent than that, I wouldn't be concerned enough to have a device surgically implanted.  Honestly I don't get the rationale, but it may fit some needs if the event is that troubling and that elusive.
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there are a number of reasons that traditional techniques for diagnosing arrhythmias are not an option for me. the palpitations happen very often and are very much affecting my life so i am really ready to do anything if it can help me get back on track. i am just interested in hearing some stories from others who have had it done. PLEASE!
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I had a reveal loop recorder implanted in September a month after an EP study that failed to reproduce my arrythmeia for long enough to map it.  About two weeks after the EP study I went to the Cardio for follow up and he and my EP came in to talk to me about long term monitoring.  From the options that were available, I agreed that the implant was the best for my diagnosis and treatment.  The implant took about 1.5 hours total in the EP lab at the hospital.  It is a surgical procedure, but not as bad as some could be.  I had mine implanted in/under my left breast as I requested my EP to hide it.  The procedure is much easier than the EP study.  They give you IV antibiotics before, during and after and kept me for about 5 hours afterwards for observation.  I had a pain killer perscription that we got filled on the way home, by the next morning I called in for something stronger.  I only took pain meds for about 4.5 days, and mostly because I have a large chest and my breast put pressure on the implant and pushed it into nerves.  It is uncomfortable, and took about 6 weeks to heal.  It's only been within the past week or two that I don't puke if I accidentally touch it, but that's just me. Now, I don't feel it really at all on a daily basis and it's pretty much forgotten.  Positive: get to go through the short medical line at the airport.
Seriously though, I had pretty much forgotten about it after 2 months.  You are given an activator for when you actively experience symptoms. This records 6 minutes around the time that you activate it, you hold it over your implant and push a button until it beeps and the light turns green.  On mine, you can record 3 of these "long" recordings before it's full, and it automatically records up to 27 shorter readings.  It's called a loop recorder because it only keeps the 27 most recent recordings before looping and recording over them, or if you press the long record button a fourth time it records over the first reading.  For a while I was almost parinoid about having the activator with me at all times...so of course I never needed it. Once I had calmed down from having the implant I just left the activator in my purse.  One night, I was just sitting on my bed doing a little work on my computer and felt like I had just been hit by a bus and knocked out.  When I realized what had happened I went and got the activator and used it. It was pretty simple.  The next day I called the cardio office to get it read and got an appointment in a couple of hours.  I went in and they downloaded the info.  The device tech reviewed the info and then went and got my EP out of lunch.  He came in and reviewed the print outs and showed me what happened.  We decided to go forward with another EP study and ablation based on the information.  If I had not had the implant, this episode would not have been recorded and I would not have had the ablation when I did.  If that had been the case, I would not have been on the table when I naturally went into unprovoked sustained ventricular tachycardia (the one that kills you) with a heart rate of over 350. VT had never come up on any of the short term monitors. It was the same arythmeia that caused all of my major symptoms (fainting, shortness of breath) I instantly felt just like I did when I was having issues prior to all the testing.  It took quite a while for them to stop it and then ablate the area, it was not an area that they were even planning on looking at during the EP study.  As for the implant, I still have it, and will probably keep it in for at least another year, maybe a little longer, just to be on the safe side.  I am comforted that it is continually recording information and if I have any symptoms they will be recorded and I don't have to start all over with short term monitors and tests.  The implant was probably the easiest thing that I've gone through related to my heart, and I would do it again. My EP is excellent and always seems to have my back.  When I went to the hospital for the surgery, everyone kept telling me where it was going to be and saying it was going in under my clavicle. I kept saying, "no" because I had discussed it with my EP. He came and saw me in pre-op just to answer any last minute questions and the first thing he said was "we're going to hide it under your breast and the scar is going to be about 4 mm"...I didn't even have to ask.  He is excellent.  I had a GP look at the incision a few weeks later before I left the country for a trip and she said that if she ever needed anything like that done she was going to him because that was the best incision repair that she'd ever seen.  I have good follow up with my EP and I can call and ask questions whenever.  Also, after the first reading, I was sent a portable home reader device, so if I record any symptoms I can call them in over the phone if I cannot get to the device clinic.  I am very thankful that this option was given to me and that I was brave enough to accept it.
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You were lucky that they gave you an option of where they put the device I was NOT given that option and they put it right in my large breast every time it moves I'm in pain!
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Hi there,

I had a cardiac loop implant (Medtronic Reveal) while they had me open for heart-surgery (Nov 2009) and I regret every day having the implant.  It is 4 months later and it still hurts when I change gear, I can not sleep on my tummy and if someone gives me a hug (presses against my chest) then it hurts my sternum.

I am skinny and even though the device is implanted under my breast tissue, I can still feel it and if I am lying on my back, I can actually move it around!!!

What type of arrthythmia do you have?  I had episodes of syncope and unexplained palpitations (I am almost 2 years post-op after having my mitralvale repaired).  I am at the point that I just want the thing out!  I am not going to wait 3 years, not even another 3 months.  I have not had a syncope episode in the past year and that is enough proof to me that it was just a single incident.

The only time that I would recommend the "reveal" implant to anyone is if your symptoms is bad and if you had countless 24hr Holters done and no success.
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Even though mine is in my breast you can still feel it, it's actually visable a little if you look under my breast. It probably moves a bit, but it freaks me out so I don't touch it.  (I'm definately not skinny and have double D's) It is uncomfortable to sleep on it, but I kind of got over that after a few months, sometimes I 'forget' and am reminded quite rudely in my sleep, and I "side hug" so that no one is pressing on that side of my chest.  I just found ways of compensating, not that it was easy or anything, but after about 4 months I just kind of decided to figure out how to live with it.  (Like I went for a massage and used a towel to reduce pressure on my chest)  I don't think mine will be in for a full 3 years either (tomorrow would be a good day to get it out), but it will be in to at least make it a year without passing out or other major symptoms.  I personally never had a 24 hour holter, and with my symptoms they would be a crap shoot unless I could take it home with me and only put it on when I started to have them.  I had an event monitor that did capture arrythmeia prior to my first EP study.
I do think that it is a big decision to get a loop recorder implanted.  I don't think that any Dr. or pamphlet/paper can tell you how it's going to feel. I can tell you that I offered my EP a ruler afterwards b/c my incision/scar is definately longer than what I had been told, and I was instantly grateful that I had it hidden as it's much easier to deal with.  I personally have not been able to wear a regular bra since the implant.  I have to wear a strapless bra otherwise the bottom band puts pressure on the implant and presses it into nerves and it is painful. Turns out I actually like the strapless bra, so that's at least a positive.
All in all I don't think that they are offered or implanted for non serious or potentially serious reasons, and even though my last surgery (that was initiated by the recordings from this little beauty) sucked more than I care to ever remember I am grateful that I have the implant, even though I hate it a lot of the time.
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I can't say how useful this is, having had a loop recorder fitted about four weeks ago, to determine why i'm having drop attacks. It still hurts because,like yourself, it presses on nerves, and most of my bras are out, other than a soft front fastening one. The scab has yet to go (sorry folks) and I had no idea the implant would feel quite so obvious. I'm a bit concerned because now there's a rash of spots directly over it, in line with the implant, but I'm still in the period when you're supposed to just dab it , when cleaning (took a shower and kept it dry) , and not use any ointments. Feel a bit off colour but no temperature , although glands in neck are slightly up, indicating a possible infection.  I had to ask to get put on antibiotics after leaving british hospital, infection developed about a day later and quite nasty. but more benefits than disadantages , I think, and if it helps ID why I'm keeling over , a potential lifesaver. meantime, thank you so much, both of you, for all the guidance above. it really helps! x
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I just read your comments and I an having the same problems with the loop. i have had mine for 5 weeks and I am sooo ready for it to come out. Very painful if I do anything especially turning over in the bed at night. If I do it takes hours to stop hurting. The dr is telling me it doesnt move and its because I am a small person. Not sure how much longer I can take it...I just wanted to know if anyone else was having the same problem. Hope you are doing better by now..
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I feel your pain! I also have a loop recorder and it takes me a while to get in a comfortable position in bed. and since I've had it in I find that I am waking up in pain in the middle of the night because I moved wrong in my sleep.
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I just read your comments and I an having the same problems with the loop. i have had mine for 5 weeks and I am sooo ready for it to come out. Very painful if I do anything especially turning over in the bed at night. If I do it takes hours to stop hurting. The dr is telling me it doesnt move and its because I am a small person. Not sure how much longer I can take it...I just wanted to know if anyone else was having the same problem. Hope you are doing better by now..
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I had one 5 weeks ago and its KILLING me especially at night when i turn over....I am so ready for it to come out...not sure if i can deal with this any longer....gotts be a better way to find the problem.
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I cannot tell all of you how helpful this thread is.  My loop recorder is only 8 days in and I HATE it!  Plus, I wasn't given a post-implant check up appointment, wasn't given the portable 'recorder' or the card you're supposed to use when going through security.

After a 48-hr Holter showed daily 20% arhythmia and serious bradycardia (reall slow heartbeats during sleep) I was given two options - the loop or a pacemaker - for my atrial tachycardia. So I chose what seemed logical -a more definitive diagnosis. Now it hurts (and yes, it moves around) walking down steps, raising my left arm, sleeping (I have to sleep in a soft bra... I am a DDD... to keep the thing from being mashed and just regular daily activity.

Has anyone ever had this device give a more definitive diagnosis?????
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OMG I feel you! I've only had mine in 2 weeks and the pain is horrible! The doctors/pa thinks nothing of it maybe someone should shove one in their chest so they can understand the pain!
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Hi Boomerette,

I had mine implanted on Feb 29th.  Still dealing with the soreness at night as ILR was inserted at top of breast. However it seems to be getting a bit better which each passing day. What is really bothersome is every time I bend down. The pressure in my chest is awful.

As for the post the postop appt, I had to call and make it but I was really surprised  how fast I was in and out. I did not even see my EP.  I did get a temp medical card day of surgery and the permanent one arrived today from Medtronics.

Good luck to all,
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I had a loop recorder installed a few days ago. It was a real quick simple procedure, I had decided to do it without being sedated. They gave me shots of lidocaine in the chest and started cutting. After the procedure I was sent home within 15 mins since I did it without being sedated and now its two days later and still no pain can be felt. I did not get a script for pain killers and have not had to take tylenol or anything else for the pain.
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My doctor suggested yesterday I get the Reveal monitor implanted.  I am debating about getting it, as I wanted to thoroughly research it first.  I know the procedure is outpatient, but I was curious if you had to take any time off work the following days for recovery or not.  Any help would be appreciated.
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Hi Amy
Great to read your post, I just had my loop put in on the 13th, Its still quite painful and feels like its moving around, I am sure its just me, Not much of a pill person , taking ADVIL, NOT WORKING TO WELL. Was under the impression that this was not a big deal, a bit bigger than  I thought.I am three days out and boy it really hurts,I am glad its in , long history and story. I am going on vacation on the 25th , now worried about my limitations on vacation.Could not get clear info on limitations of exercise or what i can or or cant do or should not do. Any advise would be great!

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Well its day 4, still hurts! seem to be getting a tad better, but still pretty sore. sleeping is a big issue as when you turn ouch! Called the company help line they said the actual recovery time was 4 to 6 weeks, this is what they have herd from there patients. Great , my dr told me three days.But if i helps in the long run it will be well worth it. I hope. Still not sure what I can or can not do at this point. Wee the Dr next week , maybe he can shed some light on this

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I get my Monitor Fitted this Coming Friday and just wanted to say Thanks all for the Information
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i had one sept last yr dnt do it my scar formed a keloid which i hav to hav steriod injections to keep it frm spreading and iv doubled in weight cuz of the steriods. my implants is so painful i cant even hug my wife. its always has bruising i hav the handheld device but i wasnt informed on wot it for hw to use it or wen its cuz i showed no symptoms it wasnt until i was diagnosed wit epilepsy and my life turned upside down tht within matter of wks i was told i needed the implant i was so devasted wit loosin my license and life thro epilepsy tht i stupidly agreed to it now tht i want it out docs wont remove it they wnt me to kp it for another two yrs and then hav either a pacemaker or difibulator and havin it out risks affectin or makin the keloid spread but at this rate il cut it out myself
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I had my loop inserted in Jan 2010 after an ablation. I have never had a problem with pain after the incision healed. It does move some but seriously-so does a breast implant. It could be possible that some people don't have enough subcutaneous tissue to make it not press on the nerves. Mine is inserted to the right of my breastbone, visible when it turns. I have been a nurse for over 30 years and that could be why I accept it and go on. I am having mine removed Sept. 27th. Not worried, kinda like having a really big splinter cut out. The loop did its job and I couldn't be happier that they were able to fix the arrhythmia.  
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I am 40 years old and I had a loop recorder implanted a year ago to find out why I keep passing out. I felt no pain with the implant and went a long time without fainting. Then, last month I fainted on the stairs. I suffered a head injury and I was hospitalized for three days. The doctors didn't check the recorder. I went in to the cardiology office a few weeks ago and got it downloaded and found out that the day That I had fainted, my heart had stopped for 15 seconds. Two days later I got a pacemaker. The loop recorder did it's job and I am so happy that I don't have to worry about passing out anymore.
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Just had a loop recorder put in. I have a very physical job and could not get ANY info from hospital or doctors on what i can or can not do. So i decided that since it was put in on  a wednesday afternoon I was not going to go back to work until following monday.
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I have the device implanted. i got it in three years ago, he also put me on atenolol, and he believes that has helped my Long QT Syndrome. It is currently dead, and I still have it in. I was supposed to get it out this past spring, but too many things came up and I couldn't. I suppose I'll be getting it out in the summer.
    I am a bit scared to get it out, if they don't put it back in. I like the feeling of knowing i can send my heart problem to my doctor and they'll get it write away, and will call to let me know what is going on.
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I had the loop monitor put in last year July 13th... (Friday the 13th lol) Imagine my fear!! But I have a great EP in Syracuse,NY.... He explained everything,I had an ablation right before they put the implant in,which didnt work because apparently its very difficult to get to the part of my heart that is going into the SVT episodes :(  When this firat started I was 33...sittin in bed at home drinking my favorite vanilla bean coolata from dunkin donuts... I babysay my 3 yr old nephew and he had just fell asleep. All of a sudden I felt like a wave of panic..my face got hot and red I was very dizzy.. I thought I was just having a panic attack.. I went downstairs outside to smoke a ciggarette..of course thinking it would relax me!! As Im outside my neighbor came over and was talking to me. He had sais Christie u look really pale and ur shaking... at that point I passed out! Not remembering much until I opened my eyes at the hospital with my sister sitting there                            
crying..I asked what happened? She started to say something about my heart,at that point I started getting that feeling again! I was hooked to the monitor and heard the nurse yell I was stroking my heart rate hot 386! Ill never forget looking at my sister in that split second and told her I love her and my kids I passed out... felt like forever but it was only seconds that they administered the cardizim and my rate went back to normal(for me of course which is always over 100!) I had several failed ablations.. wore holter monitors,went thru it all...when finally I moved met my new cardiologist who immediately recommended the loop monito. Within 2 weeks I was in Syracuse meeting my new EP who btw is AWESOME!!! To make a very long story short.. I am thankful that I have the loop inside me...It's so much better than having to walk around with other monitors. I feel no pain, Im no longer embarrassed by the scar or ppl seeing it. Because I know that I have a serious life threatening disease and this will record everything so that we'll discuss where to go from here. Unfitunately,we are looking at implanting a pacemaker-defibrillator due to the fact that ablations are not working all the mjeds are not slowing my heart rate down,nothing is... It scares me to death when I have an episode :(  I will update from here on. But it's nice to be able to talk to other ppl that have the same issues as I do... I'm thankful for my loop monitor :)
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I had a loop recorder implanted in me Oct of 2004 had it in for 10months. Which they say they are good for 12months.. It was frustrating because even though I got recordings its not a good dianogstic tool. I tells them yes your having a problem and if its from the lower part or top part of heart but it wont pinpoint where at in the lower or top part. The surgery was a peice of cake. The monitor didnt bother me however I am very thin you could see it and now I have a nice dented in scar. But because of the loop recorder and a certian recording it prompted my first epstudy with no success of ablation they couldnt induce it. Since then I have had two others with no success either time. Im hoping to go for a fourth here really soon as soon as my monitoring is over. Im praying for success this time.
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I had a heart loop monitor inserted in my chest in Feb of 2011. My question is that every time I have it read many things show up, especially, a fib, but each time the tech reads it he says that every event is just "noise" even if I was having symptoms and set of the device. Does anyone else have this happen?? I am now suffering with pulmonary edema and after being told this for over a year. I am concerned that it is being misread or it has been defective all this time and my important events have been missed.
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Just to add a comment, I had a Reveal ILR implanted last week.  My history is that I recently fainted while driving and while no one was hurt, it was a pretty scary experience.  I was put on a 24x7 monitor for 30 days and during that time I had multple arrhythmias and the cardiologist wanted more information.  The procedure was really easy (much easier than many I have had) and had some discomfort for a day or so, did not require prescription meds (although I did have a script for them).  I still am pain free although I have recorded two periods of "dizzyness" so we will see what the doctors say.  The literature says that the ILR can last up to 3 years.  I am going on a trip next week so it will be interesting to see how airport security deals with it.
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I have searched the internet for information about recovery times for this device and have found this site. I had my Reveal implantable loop recorder fitted recently. After surgery I couldn't wait to get out of the hospital and get back home. This was on Friday 1 November, I was very sore and was given paracetamol and ibuprofen at the hospital. I rested for 6 days with over the counter pain medicine which was taking the edge off the pain. On Thursday 7 Nov, I returned to work and made it halfway through the day before the pain was too much and I went home. That night it was difficult to sleep and the pain was incredible.

I saw my doctor on Friday 8 Nov and he advised that I refrain from work for at least another week while the body healed around the device and prescribed me some strong painkillers. I rested as advised and saw my doctor again on Friday 15 November. The pain is still bad when I move and stretch my upper body and I am off work for another week now. It seems fine at first, especially after rest, but once I start moving and stretching, it begins to hurt and then after a while becomes unbearable. The wound has healed well and I have noticed a definite improvement over the past two weeks. Both the scar and the device are clearly visible on my upper chest and the scar is longer that they initially described.

Initially I was advised that the recovery time was a couple of days and then I would be able to continue with normal activities. I appreciate that different people will experience different recovery times dependent upon, amongst other things, their pain threshold and the surgery itself, but for anyone else searching for information on recovery following this surgery, just be aware that recovery may take longer than advised. However, don't let this put you off having a monitor -  I am hoping that this device will capture my infrequent episodes and provide an explanation so that I can move on and get it sorted!
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I had a VNS implant for seizures back in october of 2014, now my cardio wants to put in the reveal monitor due to all the blackouts and uncontrolled drops in blood pressure.He cant place the device where it would normally go on the left side and has suggested the surgeon to place the device it in my neck on the right side. i am  scheduled for surgery on Apr 10 2015. does anyone have any info or insites about this different placement???
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The main reason why I had an implantable loop recorder is because I have fits but only once a year due to a slow heart rate.  The device was fitted using local anaesthetic only and was not too bad - just some pushing - but no pain.  I had antibiotic cover on a drip and walked home myself afterwards.  I did take anti-inflammatories and painkillers for two weeks.  

It has now been over a month.  I am happy with the scar and am still taking painkillers.  Sleeping is trepidatious though.  I can feel it all the time but try not to touch it as that is quite tender.  I'm glad I'm single though as don't think I could stand anyone else even nearly touching it.

The device definitely does move around and I wonder whether each time it is touching a bit of tender inside.  I worry that it will become infected or that it will continue to hurt like this for the next (? 3 ??) years.

I would very much like to have it taken out due to the alien feeling and constant tenderness.  However, I have to remember what led up this point in the first place.  I was very worried about my slow heart rate and having fits for the rest of my life.

I think I will stick it out in the hope of getting answers about my syncope and tachycardia.  
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Wow very impressive, I am having my Loop Recorder implant on Monday oct 5 2015, I am a little scared
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I've had a ilr put  in 3 weeks ago but it is painfull if I touch it and at times really pushing on the inside of my skin and really painfull like it's not in far enough , is this Normal ? And does it settle ?
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I had the medtronic reveal loop record inserted on October 26th 2015 into my left breast! The doctors don't seem to care about the extreme pain that I am in and that it is waking me up at night! The decision to put it in was made while I was still under anesthesia from a fail ablation they could not find the arrhythmia! I wish I had waited till I got more information. Extremely painful! I think there needs to be better criteria and more choice of implant spots they have ruined my cleavage and I will be scared for LIFE! Not to mention the pain I am in! Is there anyone out there interested in starting a class action lawsuit?  
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Was your implant surgery but larger one or the newer smaller model? Im starting to think maybe calling my appointment off. Kinda scary. Ive had two failed ablations for afib and tacachardia  and wondering if my episodes are nuerologically related and not heart related since I just got diagnosed with focal seizures two weeks ago.I'm not fainting but I get dizzy spells vision issues and  1-2 minute memory lapses.also constant afib like symptoms 3times a week or so.. I'm a 40 year old female.
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I have a loop recorder installed on October 28th 2015 I've never been in so much pain when I try to sleep no matter which way I lay it hurts. The surface gets super red I don't think it's in my skin deep enough. And everytime I go to the ER for pain they turn me away and say it's normal. Loop recorder has a serious defect and there needs to be a class action suit cuz it's not worth being in pain. I would be interested in doing a suit also. My doctor told me you won't even know you have it is painless that's a lie anybody that has a loop recorder nose it's very painful it's very hard to sleep animatronic can't seem to answer me when I try to call them 4 why it hurts so much everyone that has a Medtronic loop recorder needs to do something about it doctors are hurting other people this is ridiculous if anyone has any solutions feel free to hit me up at ***@****
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I had one implanted 11/2/15. The brief instructions for wound care made it seem like it was no big deal. I'm on day 5 and haven't been able to remove bandage. I was told I could remove bandage and take a shower in 48 hours and was to let the incision tape sutures to wear off on their own. They were failing off so I had to add another bandage. Still change bandage daily. I'm purple and yellow at and around site. I agree, very painful. Hurts as bad on day 5 as it did day one. You are also right about right in the cleavage line. Best wishes for you.

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How wide is the incision? Are u able to see or feel the implant under your skin? My ep told me today that the procedure is painless and quick and he showed me the loop, both actually, the older ones that were first used and the newer smaller ones about the size of your pinky in width and length.
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wow I am so glad I found this blog.. I am two years post my second abltion (pvi). basically symptom free and starting to exercise alot again.  I went back to my dr for first time since the surgery and he sent me for all the usual tests. stress test, echo, 30 day monitor came back fine. then today at the re eval he says he wants to insert a reveal linq.  he could not give me a good reason other than having had two surgeries places me at higher risk.   He stated that it is a simple in office procedure with no side effects, after reading all of your posts I called his office and told them thanks but no thanks
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Thank god I found this blog also
I'm scheduled to have it put in Monday morning,  I'm scared to death,  Ill take the  portable monitor over this,  too many people on here not liking this. Im canceling ands going home
Thanks for posting your reviews everyone!!!
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I have a reveal implanted recently , it was placed on the left side of my chest...but has migrated into my cleavage. It is uncomfortable and does catch, but if they get the results to find why I am collapsing I can put up with it. How long did it take to get results guys?
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Wow... lot of "life is bad with a loop recorder" posts.  On the other hand, I had it placed a few months ago.  After a couple of days, I easily forgot it was there.  No pain, no bulge... nothing.  Every 30 days I get a call from the Doc letting me know the results of the data transmitted back to him.  Would do it again in a heartbeat (pun intended).  
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I got my loop recorder implanted on 1/14 and have not had much pain with it but the insistion is not wanting to heal any one else have this issue? I had my gallbladder out one week after the loop and it's healed just fine. Just not the loop surgery. And to answer the above question is I think it depends on the person. Mine was placed in left breast and I had some pain after but not much I gor used to it pretty fast. I recommend sports bras they help a LOT. I never take my bra off unless to change to a different one and it keeps the pressure of my breast from pulling on the device.I would do it again because it can save your life if it finds the problem.
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Im a guy and had the implant yesterday,so still feeling it a bit.. I have been told that the incision will have healed within a week, 2 at the most. It is a bit painful but painkillers and ivs help that. The procedure itself took 30mins but there were some complications, and normally takes 15mins
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Has it helped at all? I received mine a few days ago I'm wondering if I made the right decision or if i wasted insurance money
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I just had one implanted yesterday and while i was terrified after reading some of these comments, found it to be a pretty simple procedure. They had told me i would be sedated, but ended up just using a local to numb it. It's a weird feeling when they insert it, but not painful. I was sore the rest of the day (like a paper cut and a paper weight on the site), took some pain pills, but today am almost pain free. Hoping it continues to heal properly, but figure I'll just have to be careful for a little while and also realize even a cut on your finger is sore and takes a while to heal, so we'll see how it goes from here!! But it wasn't anywhere as bad as what I thought it would be!! And hopefully it will find out what is causing my problems!!
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Did it help you?
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I had my linq recorder implanted last Tuesday, May24, 2016 for my A-fib episodes.  I never consented to having it implanted into my left breast, but I think that's where it is!  My cardiologist just told me that it would be implanted "under the skin", I guess I should have asked more questions.  My left breast is still sore, and very bruised - it was purple/red now it is still red/yellow.  I have soreness in my breast, especially on the left side of it.  I, too, like others I have read about, have pain in bed, especially when I turn over and change positions.  I am really concerned about this thing being IN the breast -- what are the complications of that, and is there a concern for possible breast cancer or problems down the road, like 5-10-15-20 years from now??  I want this thing taken out, but wonder if the damage might already be done.  I wish I would have asked more questions beforehand.  I looked it up on the internet, and saw the video of insertion, and thought they "know what they're doing".  I just hope and pray for us all, that there will be no after-effects!
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Just wondering if you and others who don't experience the discomfort are also people who can tolerate IVs without feeling like you have to rip your veins out to get the needle out?  I am debating accepting one, but I think I would be one of the people who is hyper aware of it and am looking for clues as to which types of people don't feel it versus those who do.
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I meant this as a reply to Mikla.
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Hi all,I'm a 38 yr.old female who in the last year started having dizzy & fainting spells so my Dr.sent me to a wonderful Cardiologist who placed a medtronic loop recorder in my chest.The whole process took less than 15 minutes,pain was minimal & I healed rather quickly.About 3 weeks after,I noticed the tiny incision site was warm and felt kinda like a sunburn.I just blew it off,then the next day it was raised and starting to ooze a bit of fluid.The third day my son told me it looked like I had a blueberry under my skin.It was the recorder pushing it's way out.This happened over a weekend so Monday I awoke to it literally sticking 1/3 of the way out of my chest! I called my cardiologist's office,they said to come right in.I kinda got the impression they thought maybe I was over-exaggerating,when I showed them,their eyeballs just about popped out,Doc came in shook his head&said "I've put in hundreds of loop recorders on patients&have NEVER seen or heard of this".He was quite impressed & said the odds of it happening were remote.So he pulled it out,I got 2 stitches&we scheduled another to be implanted.I had my second one implanted on May 5& it has healed wonderfully...UNTIL 2 days ago,then guess what? You got it,it's doing the exact same thing!!!!!!! Doc even stitched it in to ensure that didn't happen again.As with the first one,I've taken daily pictures documenting the progression to show him.Now if the odds of one being rejected are remote,the odds of 2 being rejected must be astronomical!!! Anyway,apart from that,I think the recorder is a great thing to have.Good luck to all of you who are considering getting one..
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hi there, I had a reveal Loop LINQ device inserted in the UK on the NHS.  for anyone who knows nothing of the NHS it is free to UK residents because of this its pretty 'no frills' hence why I had the device fitted without sedation or in-hospital recovery, I literally walked into the surgery and walked out and off home (didnt even take my shoes off!)after reading this forum I was petrified, however I shouldn't have been! the surgery was very painless and the recovery period very non eventful. i'm a week on and still waiting for the tiny 0.5cm scar to heal. I had it inplanted on my breastbone a little to the left.  I feel really sorry for those in this forum who are experiencing a lot of pain, I wrote this for the people like me who are scared of the op and having one implanted.  Not many people post good experiences online so please do not panic yourself, you are more than likely going to have the same experience as me,hopefully,  for all those who are still experiencing pain, I hope it eases up soon :)
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I am glad I found this, I had a loop recorder placed in the hospital about 2 months ago. It's probably a good thing I didn't see this site before I had the surgery. I was admitted to the hospital for the second time this past summer due to syncope and collapse while at work and cracked the back of my head open because I fell so hard. So first stop after the ambulance was 5 staples in my scalp in the ER. Spent the night in the hospital with IV fluids. The EP consulted with me bedside the next day after the neurologist expressed that he was pretty certain it was not a seizure. The EP urged me to have the "chip" implanted and basically said a holter would be useless in my case, which I agree since my episodes were a little over a month apart. He told me that it is a simple procedure, can be done outpatient! Battery lasts up to 3 years! I said that sounds good, he seemed very experienced and trustworthy. I was not told when the procedure would be, I was confused by what he said and thought it would be outpatient. Next thing I knew, my nurse came in and said they're going to take you to the cath lab for the implant in 30 min., make sure you use the bathroom. I was surprised but figured it was just as convenient since I was already in the hospital anyway! In the lab the nurse came in and began prepping me, showed me what the recorder looks like and it was way bigger than I expected. I still trusted that this was the right decision. My episodes come without any warning.  me to bash my head on the floor so hard that I woke up with a puddle of blood where my head was. Who knows what could happen next if this happens again (don't worry, they took my drivers license. As if I needed any more complications in life right now. But I would be devastated if someone else were hurt or killed because of my "condition".) The surgery was quick, I felt great until the lidocaine wore off. They kept me through that night, and surprise! Echocardiogram the next morning! Imagine how that felt!! The poor tech didn't know what to do, every time she ran the transducer over the area I tried so hard not to squirm or moan but it was extremely painful. I survived nonetheless and went home that afternoon. I have the same problem others are describing though, its in my left breast. Sleeping face down has become relatively impossible, and it will wake me up. Also when I lay flat on my back or spread my arms apart while wearing a low cut top, you can see almost the entire outline of the device under my skin and makes me a little nervous that it will bust through. So far so good though. I am also 5'4 and 115 lbs so it feels like its digging into my ribs all the time with any pressure applied directly to it. In my case I feel as though I should put up with it since my EKG has shown a prolonged QT before which is associated with sudden death. This monitor will hopefully detect something they can fix so I can go back to a normal life, and driving. I am only 27 and just started my own career in healthcare and I cant believe I am in this situation. Everything this summer has been a huge wake up call and reminder that I am not invincible. Good luck to everyone else living with ILRs or considering receiving one.
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I too am skinny. My first issue was I felt like I was railroaded into having this implanted. Dr walked in and said this is what we are doing. I had ONE time of going into A-fib on the same day I had given blood. Have heard from others since that others had same reaction to giving blood. Will not again. BUT went ahead and had loop put in. My husband heard the Dr say after that it was more difficult that he thought. I am VERY sorry I did. It was 2 1/2 weeks ago and I am in so much pain at night. Woke up last night in pain and was on my back and the device was standing straight up in my chest. I have appointment to meet with the tech in Dr's office in next day. I will ask some questions. If I do not like answers ( after reading here I would say I won't) I am going to ask to have it removed. Going into A-fib once was NOT reason enough. My hope now is that removal goes ok. I may ask for a different Dr to do removal.









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Hi LD65.  Did you have it removed? I just had one implanted and it is still hurting and I am also skinny.
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Hi LD65.  Did you have it removed? I just had one implanted and it is still hurting and I am also skinny.
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Hi LD65.  Did you have it removed? I just had one implanted and it is still hurting and I am also skinny.
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Hi LD65.  Did you have it removed? I just had one implanted and it is still hurting and I am also skinny.
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Hi, just had one last week. The surgical bit was very straight forward. Local anaesthetic. When that wore off I took 2 paracetamol, that was all that was needed. Minimal discomfort. Slight bruising the following day. Sleeping is quite uncomfortable the first few nights, you need to find what position is comfy for you. Have had to sleep with bra on every night else it is more uncomfortable. It is nothing to be scared of. Hope this helps.
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To add to that I went straight back to work after.
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I normally just go to these types of forums for advice but since it seems every one else has had basically the same (miserable) experience as I did I feel compelled to give whoever is thinking about getting this done the honest truth about the procedure. I had mine put in 6 days ago for arrhythmia, syncope, and an abnormally fast heart rate. I had the problem diagnosed about 5 years ago, right out of college, and have been dealing with it ever since. I have done the 24 halter monitor, a week long heart monitor, and a month long one about a year ago- all yielding no results because my symptoms are relatively infrequent but when they do come they come in spurts. The loop monitor was the next step because of the way my symptoms appear and as a patient who trusts in her doctors, I decided that it was the best fit for me. I was told the procedure would be short, simple, and relatively painless. I have a small frame (5'3 115lbs) so the nurse on the phone suggested I opt for light anesthesia (I'm also not a big fan of hospitals or needles). I've had anesthesia before and never had a problem with it, so I assumed this time would be like any other. When I got to the hospital I was reassured again that it would be easy and I could get back to my usual activity later that evening (it was at 8 am). Fast forward to after my procedure and 3 hours later I am finally waking up, after being told I wasn't put under enough and grabbed my chest the second the doctor made the incision. I had to be given even MORE anesthesia and strapped down following that (luckily I don't remember a thing). The nurses had to massage my face and pull open my eyelids to try and wake me up after. That was the first nightmare. Prior to the procedure, the anesthesiologist told me he would prescribe me some pain killers, however afterwards, the nurse said I would be fine taking two 500mg tylenol tablets for the pain. Boy were they wrong. I left the hospital, still very loopy and sore, but not in much pain so I thought it was going to be a cakewalk. I napped when I got home and when I woke up was in the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced in my life. It felt like knives were being stabbed into my chest and through to my back. It hurt to breathe and do any sort of movement- sit, lift my arms (my left especially, which is still hard to lift), bend my legs to go to the bathroom. Literally ANYTHING. I went to the ER because I was literally shaking and crying from the pain and thought something was terribly wrong. Why? Because I was told this would be essentially painless and if I did have pain, it wouldn't be bad at all. After 5 hours in the ER I was finally able to get my pain under control and given some pain meds as well as a high dosage of ibuprofen to help with the swelling. I had three days of sleepless nights following the procedure. The second the pain meds wore off I was again in excruciating pain and needed assistance to do anything. I ended up back in the doctors office on Friday morning (2 days after the procedure and subsequent ER visit) and was ultimately told because of my stature, my pain was more severe than most and it would get better eventually. It's now the following Tuesday and I am still in pain, stiff, and feel worse off than before I went into the whole thing. I know it takes time to recover and I understand that but given the information from my doctor I was NOT prepared and I feel like I was 100% misled, which is why I came on here searching for the answers I have yet to receive from the doctors who are supposed to be looking out for my best interests. I guess my point besides venting out of frustration is to let everyone know who is considering the procedure and who has questions about how it ACTUALLY will be versus what you are told. My ER doctor, who was actually a Resident, explained the whole thing to me perfectly- he said that it may be a simple "in-and-out" procedure for them, but for the person on the table they are cutting into your chest even if its routine for them, it is not for you. I hope by writing this I am not freaking anyone out too much and I hope that it helps someone to be better prepared than I was. Best of luck to everyone!!
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I had the Medtronic loop recorder inserted into my left breast in early June. It healed fairly quickly and didn't really hurt at all until just the last couple days. Now it stings when I move around or bend over, or it aches. But this was inserted because I have random episodes of pre-syncope every once in awhile--not often enough to catch them on a 30-day monitor. I never faint completely but I see stars and have to stop and lay down so I don't fall down.  I feel a thud in my chest and then it goes straight to my head, like a head rush, and I get tachycardia with it. I get nausea and an intense headache that can last for anywhere from 1/2 hour to several hours. Now I know I have a-fib and several other arrhythmias, as well as tachycardia and bradycardia. I haven't had one of the big episodes yet; only medium sized ones. Still waiting. I'm glad I have it, despite the pain.
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Wow! Some very varied posts and responses here. I too had a loop recorder implanted on Tuesday. (5 days ago) it was via NHS in UK. The procedure itself took no more than 15 mins. The Dr's & Nurses were amazing!! It was pretty painless barring the local anaesthetic needles. The dressing i removed after 48 hours, which had stuck to the glue used to seal the incision but with a little patience the dressing came off no trouble. It is bruised and a little sore but seems to be healing with no problems. The only pain as such, I'm experiencing is a little pain in my collar bone above where it is...(?)
Otherwise all is good. Lets hope it captures the info it needs!!!
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