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Questions and Answers – Insertable Cardiac Monitors

Fainting (Unexplained)

What is an insertable cardiac monitor?

An insertable cardiac monitor is a small device that continuously monitors heart rhythms and records them automatically or by using a hand-held patient assistant. The device is inserted just beneath the skin, during a short outpatient procedure.

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How does an insertable cardiac monitor work?

Once the cardiac monitor is inserted, it is programmed to continuously monitor your heart’s activity. When a fainting spell occurs, you or your family member should immediately place the small hand-held patient assistant over the device and press the record symptoms button.

This triggers the device to record the heart’s rhythms before, during, and after the unexplained fainting spell. After you have recorded a fainting spell, it is best to call your doctor.

Your doctor may ask you to send a transmission from your MyCareLink Patient Monitor before your next, scheduled automatic transmission.

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If I get an insertable cardiac monitor, will I have to change my daily routine?

In general, people who get an insertable cardiac monitor can perform almost all their normal activities. You can swim, bathe, and exercise with your device without fear of harming it. Your doctor may ask you to limit some of your activities because of your unexplained fainting or until your incision heals.

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How long will I have an insertable cardiac monitor?

Your doctor will determine how long the insertable cardiac monitor is used. Typically after one or more heart activity recordings are made, your doctor will determine if your symptoms are related to an abnormal heart rhythm. At that time, the device can be removed in a quick and simple procedure.

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Can I have an MRI done while I have an insertable cardiac monitor?

Reveal Insertable Cardiac Monitors have been demonstrated to pose no known hazards in a specified MRI environment. For Reveal LINQ ICMs, there is no MRI waiting period after the insertion procedure. For Reveal XT/DX ICMs, patients must wait 6 weeks after their insertion procedure for an MRI to allow sufficient time for implant pocket and wound healing. Let your physician or MRI clinic staff know you have a Reveal Insertable Cardiac Monitor and present your device certification card to them.

Remember to talk with your doctor if you have any other questions about whether an insertable cardiac monitor is right for you.

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