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Loop Recorders

A loop recorder is a small device (about the size of a 5 pack of gum) that is inserted under the skin. Like the Holter Monitor it observes your heart activity over a longer period of time. The loop recorder can remain in place for months. It will allow the cardiologist to monitor your heart for irregular beats.

Before Your Appointment

  • Please pre-register for your appointment by calling 978-937-6429, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. or anytime online at Express Registration .
  • An Appointment Reminder with specific instructions for your exam will be mailed to you.
  • Please keep the written order from your physician to bring to the exam.
  • Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking.
  • Arrange for transportation home. The sedation administered during the procedure will make it unsafe for you to drive until the next day.

Exam Preparation

  • DO NOT eat or drink after midnight before the exam.

During the Procedure

  • You will be sedated by a registered nurse prior to the procedure.
  • A cardiologist will make a small incision under the skin below the clavicle (collar bone).
  • This test will take about one hour.

After the Procedure

  • If you received intravenous (IV) sedation you will not be able to drive yourself home.


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