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After The Procedure

Fainting (Unexplained)


You may be able to return home relatively soon after your procedure. Your doctor or nurse will give you instructions about at-home care following your procedure. At first there may be some minor discomfort near the incision site. These may include advice about lifting, checking the incision site, activity levels in the first few weeks, and how to use the hand-held MyCareLink Patient Monitor and patient assistant. In general, people who get an insertable cardiac monitor can perform almost all their normal activities. You’ll be able to swim, bathe, and exercise with your cardiac monitor without fear of harming it.

Checkups and Monitoring

After the cardiac monitor is inserted, your doctor may schedule periodic office or clinic visits for routine check-ups. If you do experience a fainting spell, make sure you use your patient assistant (as advised) and let your doctor or clinic know. Your doctor will review heart rhythm recordings from your monitor to help determine whether you fainted due to an abnormal heart rhythm and to develop a treatment plan. When heart activity is recorded by the cardiac monitor during a fainting spell, your doctor will be able to "read" the signals. It may help your doctor to determine whether the cause of your unexplained fainting is related to an abnormal heart rhythm.

An office or clinic visit usually lasts about 30 minutes or less. How often you see your doctor will depend on your condition and symptoms.

Using the Reveal Patient Assistant

As directed by your doctor, when a fainting spell occurs, you or your family member should immediately place the small hand-held patient assistant over the insertable cardiac monitor and press the record symptoms button. This records the heart’s signal before, during, and after the unexplained fainting spell. The Patient Assistant is simple to use.

More: Reveal Patient Assistant

Tips for You and Your Caregivers:

  • Always keep the Reveal Patient Assistant with you
  • Notify your caregivers and family members about your insertable cardiac monitor and how to use the Patient Assistant
  • As directed by your doctor, use the Patient Assistant immediately after a fainting spell or other symptoms such as heart palpitations
  • Call your doctor shortly after using the Patient Assistant
  • Make sure the button is not pressed unless you need to store recorded heart information
  • Guard against accidental use by keeping the Patient Assistant in its storage case
  • Do not immerse your Patient Assistant device in water or expose it to temperatures below 48ºF (9ºC)

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.