Implantable Loop Recorders

An Implantable Loop Recorder (also known as an ILR) is a small device, about the size of a USB stick, which constantly monitors your heartbeat. The ILR device is inserted underneath your skin, on the left side of your chest. When you’re experiencing symptoms, you can capture and record your heart rate simply by placing a hand held ‘activator’ over the spot where the ILR has been inserted.

Why do I need an ILR?
The implantable loop recorder is a useful device which helps your doctor determine whether any symptoms you might be experiencing are related to heart disease. Your doctor may recommend an implantable loop recorder if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

Syncope (fainting)
Seizures (fits)
Palpitations – heart racing