Getting an Insertable Cardiac Monitor Fainting (Unexplained)
Our Reveal LINQ™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor continuously monitors your heart's activity over long periods of time. The monitor is very small and easy to insert, so once it's in place you can pursue your normal day-to-day activities.
While some causes of unexplained fainting are harmless, others may be serious. Heart-related causes, including abnormal heart rhythms, are among the most serious causes of fainting. In fact, studies show that an insertable cardiac monitor may diagnose the cause of infrequent, unexplained fainting spells more often than conventional testing.1
The causes of fainting are varied. So too are the medical specialists who might need to diagnose your fainting spells. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist for more evaluation. These doctors will communicate with your primary care doctor in helping to determine the cause of your unexplained fainting.
Most insurers provide coverage for heart devices, such as an insertable cardiac monitor, for unexplained fainting spells. We recommend that you review the details of your health insurance plan(s) to find out how to obtain a prior authorization in order to ensure that your insertable cardiac monitor is a covered procedure.
Implanting an insertable cardiac monitor typically involves a simple procedure. Smaller than a key, the cardiac monitor is inserted just beneath the skin of the chest. During the brief procedure, the area is numbed with local anesthesia, a small incision is made, and the monitor is inserted.
You may have many questions about getting an insertable cardiac monitor to monitor your unexplained fainting spells. Questions like "What is the recovery like after a cardiac monitor insertion?" and "Will my insertable cardiac monitor set off the airport screening device?"
While many of your questions may be answered here, remember to talk with your doctor about anything more you'd like to know.
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Krahn A, Klein G, Yee R, et al. Randomized Assessment of Syncope Trial. Conventional diagnostic testing versus a prolonged monitoring strategy. Circulation. 2001;104:46-51.
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