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The Implantable Loop Recorder:An Evolving Diagnostic Tool

Authors
Journal
Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
1877-9182
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
6
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ccep.2014.02.010
Keywords
  • Implantable Loop Recorder
  • Ilr
  • Clinical
  • Review
  • Syncope
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Medicine

Abstract

Since their first development, extensive clinical investigation and important improvements have made implantable loop recorders (ILRs) an integral part of modern cardiology practice. The ILR has traditionally been used in the work-up of recurrent, unexplained syncope, but recent studies have explored its usefulness in post–myocardial infarction risk stratification, in the work-up of cryptogenic stroke, and in the postprocedure follow-up of patients undergoing atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation ablation. This article reviews the design, functionality, and pitfalls of modern ILRs, along with typical recordings obtained from patients with unexplained syncope.

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