Getting an Insertable Cardiac Monitor

An insertable cardiac monitor continuously monitors your heart's activity over long periods of time. The monitor is very small, so once it's implanted you can continue your normal day-to-day activities.

Factors Your Doctor Will Consider

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
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Your Healthcare Team

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 or GP in helping to determine the cause of your unexplained fainting.
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Surgery: What to Expect

Implanting an insertable cardiac monitor typically involves a simple procedure. The cardiac monitor is inserted just beneath the skin in the upper chest area.
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Reference

  1. 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.

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.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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