Making decisions…. Monitoring arrhythmias?
I was presented with some choices today when speaking to my cardiologist. I had an arrhythmia episode nearly two weeks ago which was different to anything I'd had before and seemed to wipe me out for a few days after. Like a run of powerful ectopic beats one after another without a break.
My cardiologist offered me a loop recorder (this would be my third). But also wanted a conversation about whether this was the best idea. I found my last explant of my loop recorder quite distressing and painful (the local anaesthetic didn't work despite loads of it, the device was stuck and was a nightmare to get out, I felt the stitches being done so they abandoned that and glued the incision the best they could). These things take a lot out of me and these experiences don't make me feel positive. I don't care about scars, but i'm tired of invasive procedures. I like everyone else will have to have multiple pacemakers (hopefully lots as that means a long life). It all takes its toll.
My last loop recorder didn't pick up anything dangerous in 2 years. My worst unexplained arrhythmias happened in the past year after the loop was removed (typical), but these are infrequent and short lived. I’m 37 now, so may well need arrhythmia monitoring at some point as I get older. Conditions change, age increases these issues for everyone, I know single chamber PMs like mine can increase risk of AF or some type of synchronisation problems and I have significant family history of AF already.
Would you take the loop recorder again now? Or would you wait until something more significant happens? (Or doesn't hopefully).
I have been offered a 6 day holter type monitor as an alternative. I have said yes to that, but can't seem to make a decision about the loop recorder.
Any suggestions or different perspectives welcome...