Implantation of Event Recorders

Event recorders (also called loop recorders) are used for the diagnosis of previously undetected heart rhythm disturbances that cannot be captured by a long-term ECG due to their rare occurrence.

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Implantation of Event Recorders

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What is an event recorder?
Event recorders (also called loop recorders) are used for the diagnosis of previously undetected heart rhythm disturbances that cannot be captured by a long-term ECG due to their rare occurrence. The recording of occurring heart rhythm disturbances takes place automatically. The patient also has the option to trigger the storage of the current ECG recording and several minutes before the event with an activator when symptoms occur. An implantable event recorder has a battery operating time of about 3 to 6 years. They are implanted in patients with suspected heart rhythm disturbances, patients with unclear fainting spells (syncope), or if a long-term monitoring of the heart rhythm is needed. The event recorder can be explanted without any problems after a diagnosis has been made or if the battery lifetime has expired.

How are event recorders implanted?
Event recorders are implanted under the skin of the left chest side next to the sternum under local anesthesia.
The follow-up of the event recorders takes place at fixed intervals (every 4 to 6 months) at our pacemaker outpatient department or at a cardiologist's practice.