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Heart palpitations, blackouts or dizzy spells? You may need an implantable loop recorder (ILR). Book an appointment today.
If you have had infrequent palpitations, blackouts or dizzy spells, your doctor might suggest having an implantable loop recorder (ILR) fitted.
When symptoms are infrequent, it can be difficult to diagnose the causes with ordinary heart screenings.
By choosing to have your ILR fitted at a BMI Healthcare hospital, you’ll benefit from:
With more than 55 locations across England and Scotland, BMI Healthcare is the UK’s largest private healthcare provider. You can find your nearest hospital here.
The fixed cost of ILR surgery will depend on the consultant, any specific conditions you may have and the hospital at which the procedure is performed.
Fixed cost prices for ILR surgery will therefore be available after the initial consultation.
If you’re looking to pay for your own treatment, you may be eligible for our flexible finance plan. You can find out more about our finance options here.
To schedule your initial consultation, you can make an enquiry here or call us on 0808 101 0337.
An ILR is a tiny heart monitoring device about the size of a small USB stick. It is implanted under the skin in the chest and continuously monitors the electrical signals your heart emits.
It’s battery powered and can last up to three years, capturing the electrical signals from your heart during episodes of heart palpitations, dizziness or fainting.
Due to the small size of the ILR unit, having it fitted is a simple and quick procedure.
During the fitting you will be anaesthetised and a small incision will be made in your upper chest. Your consultant will place the device inside your chest and ensure that it is working.
Depending on the anaesthetic your surgical team choose, you may be required to fast before the procedure.
Your consultant may also advise that you stop taking certain medicines in the days before the surgery.
Most ILR fittings are day cases. Due to the anaesthetic used, you will not be able to drive, operate machinery or drink alcohol for up to 24 hours after the procedure.
Your aftercare team will discuss dressing the insertion point. They will also inform you of the kind of stitches used and removal details if these are non-dissolvable stitches.
Your chest may feel painful and inflamed after the surgery, but most patients can expect this to go away within a week.
After the swelling has subsided, you may be able to feel the ILR in your chest, or see a faint outline. This is normal and most patients do not notice it after a few weeks.
The ILR monitors electrical pulses from your heart. This means that it can be vulnerable to electrical and magnetic interference from other sources.
While most fields emitted by consumer electronics are weak and will not interfere with your heart monitor, some equipment can have stronger signals.
Interference with the ILR should not present any health risks, but it may skew data or damage the device.
Some of the more common sources of interference are:
Depending on the specific model of ILR fitted, there can be temporary interference from some mobile phones. To minimise the risk of interference you can:
Some medical screenings can interfere with your ILR, so it’s important that you always tell the medical team that you have one fitted before any procedure, screening or test. This includes dentist appointments.
While airport security screenings are unlikely to interfere with your ILR, they may detect the metal parts and trigger alarms.
Depending on the security agency, it may be necessary to prove you’ve had medical equipment fitted. We therefore advise bringing your device identification card with you when planning to travel.