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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.
Spencer, March 11, 2020 9:58pm EST
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, March 11, 2020 10:20pm EST
Spencer, when did you have yours inserted? I wish mine could communicate with my iPhone.
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, 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, 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.