Implantable Loop Recorder //
An implantable loop recorder is a small device that is implanted under the skin of the chest wall using local anaesthetic. These devices continuously monitor the heart's rhythm for up to 3 years and are extremely useful when investigating the causes of syncope or infrequent and disabling arrhythmias.
The current generation of Medtronic devices are known as the Medtronic Reveal Linq. These are the world's smallest loop recorder and leaves only a 1cm scar. The device wirelessly uploads any problems allowing rapid detection of arrhythmia and reducing the time to treatment. I have published a case report detailing the early detection of a dangerous heart rhythm using one of these devices.
These devices are set to revolutionise the detection of common arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation.