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I had a LINQ cardiac loop recorder implanted 8 months ago. I still get mild pains near the device from time to time. Is this normal?

I had a LINQ cardiac loop recorder implanted 8 months ago. I still get mild pains near the device from time to time. Is this normal?

Not unusual: Mild discomfort at the site of implanted devices is not unusual. However significant pain, tenderness or redness is concerning and should be reported to the specialist who performed the procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more


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I have a Medtronic LINQ cardiac loop recorder in my chest. Is it safe to use a hair dryer near my chest with this device?

I have a Medtronic LINQ cardiac loop recorder in my chest. Is it safe to use a hair dryer near my chest with this device?

Loop recorder: The fields created by a proximate hair dryer could cause artifactual recordings. They are unlikely to cause any arrhythmias as the recorder isn't delivering impulses to the heart. ...Read more

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I had a LINQ cardiac loop recorder implanted about a year ago. How ill I know when it stops working or if I broke the device? Can my doc determine it?

I had a LINQ cardiac loop recorder implanted about a year ago. How ill I know when it stops working or if I broke the device? Can my doc determine it?

The battery on the: LINQ is warranted for 13 months but predicted to last upwards of three years. It is a monitoring device only it doesn't do anything to you. It would be transmitting whenever you are near your cell monitor you have at home and your physician should be getting reports or can download information daily. This includes battery life and function. Ask your health care provider for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

Can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

A first: I am not aware of any reports of this happening, and a quick search of the literature turned up nothing. ...Read more

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Can I use a continuous hr monitoring device like fitbit to predict chances of a cardiac arrest or similar issues.

Can I use a continuous hr monitoring device like fitbit to predict chances of a cardiac arrest or similar issues.

No: If you are concerned about this you should speak with your physician. If you are asymptomatic with no family history of heart problems your risk of a cardiac arrest at age 34 is negligible. Heart attacks rarely occur below age 40, with some exceptions. Other causes of "cardiac arrest " occur but are NOT at all common, such as: cardiomyopathy, myocarditis and conduction(electrical)problems. ...Read more

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Sjogren's, coronary spasms, valve regurg. Can't have mri; have interstim device. What is myocardial perfusion study? What does it show? Ok for ist

Sjogren's, coronary spasms, valve regurg.   Can't have mri; have interstim device.  What is  myocardial perfusion study? What does it show? Ok for ist

Mapping blood vessel: Your heart cannot directly use the blood in the chambers, but must have the blood flowing through the arteries embedded in the wall/muscle of the heart itself. Perfusion study is to look at how well the muscle of the heart gets blood from these arteries. If the arteries are diseased/clogged up by atherosclerosis, the heart muscle can't get enough blood, especially on high demand. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is bridging to transplantation with a left ventricular assist device a risky procedure?

Is bridging to transplantation with a left ventricular assist device a risky procedure?

Depends: Like most of medicine and life, you have to balance relative risk vs absolute risk. The absolute risk of an lvad is high (stroke, infection, death) but if the heart is really failing and a donor cannot be found, the relative risk of not doing an lvad may be higher than putting one in. It all depends on the overall clinical circumstances. ...Read more

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What exercise limitations will I have after a cardiac cath procedure?

What exercise limitations will I have after a cardiac cath procedure?

Depends on findings: The procedure itself will not limit your exercise choices but what the doctors find may require some adjustments. ...Read more