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OutsmartIt, March 11,  2020  9:43pm EST

LINQ Loop Recorder

I am wondering if others have had a LINQ Loop Recorder inserted by a cardiologist under the skin near the breastbone to monitor atrial fibrilation episodes. I was talked into getting one and have regretted doing so. It is supposed to be monitored from a room in the hospital where it was inseted. Four months later I had a dizzy spell and went to a different hospital by ambulance. I was not notified that I had an AFib episode by the original hospital as I had been told I would be. My AFib episode caused a mild stroke in the pontene area of my brain. I was prescribed Eliquis and Lipitor. If I had it to do again I would have begun taking Eliquis to start with and skipped the very expensive heart monitor (high priced but coverd by insurance). I have to keep a monitor on my bedside table which is supposed to transmit an AFib episode to the hospital monitorng system - which in my case didn't happen. I would appreciate hearing from others who have had a LINQ Loop Recorder inserted.   

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  • Spencer
    Spencer, March 11,  2020  9:58pm EST
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    I didn't have a LINQ put in but a ST Jude Loop Recorder put in.  Pix is attached.  Mine communicates with my iPhone and I can record any episodes that I feel and can be downloaded at my EP's office.  I have had no issues.  

  • OutsmartIt
    OutsmartIt, March 11,  2020  10:20pm EST

    Spencer, when did you have yours inserted? I wish mine could communicate with my iPhone. 

  • Spencer
    Spencer, March 11,  2020  10:27pm EST

    The Navy (I'm military) gave me my loop recorder for my 50th birthday on June 5th, 2018.

  • retiredlcsw
    retiredlcsw, March 12,  2020  12:35am EST

    I have a LINQ loop recorder that was inserted 3 years ago prior to my ablation.  I have had no issues with it, but I have not had any a-fib episodes since my ablation (thank goodness!!).  About 3 months after my ablation, I had a reaction to the Pradaxa that I was taking prior to the ablation.  I had been told that I would be taken off the blood thinner if I remained a-fib free for 6 months post ablation.  Well after 3 months, I woke up and had blood in my urine.  Called my EP and he met me in the ER and checked my loop recorder to make sure I had no episodes and then took me off the blood thinner, since I had no episodes.  I was grateful to have the recorder, because they probably would have had to do a TEE to make sure there was no blood clot or a-fib prior to stopping the Pradaxa without the loop recorder.  In fact, even though I have had no episodes since my ablation, I plan to get a new loop recorder put in when the battery goes on my current one. ( Which might be soon, since I have had it for 3 years.)  The loop recorder gives me a sense of peace of mind knowing that I am being monitored remotely on a regular basis- even though my episodes were very evident when I had them in the past.  A-fib creates a lot of anxiety, and anything that reduces it, I am all in for.

  • bfboca
    bfboca, March 12,  2020  4:22am EST

    Re:  loop recorders.  For those of you interested in seeing how the procedure is done, check out Youtube.  I know if my cardiologist or EP suggested it, I'd have one inserted.

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