This is an external Defibrillator that is typically placed in the hospital in individuals as a bridge device while it is being determined whether a long term defibrillator is indicated.
A defibrillator is placed in patients with cardiomyopathy or life threatening heart arrhythmias. Monitor is performed to assess underlying rhythm irregularities and direct medication management.
A holter is a type of monitor that is typically placed in the office and may be worn for 24 to 48 hours.
A loop monitor is used when a patient’s rhythm needs to be monitored for a longer time period typically ranging from 2 weeks to 30 days. These devices have a home based unit that will download the days tracing while the patient is asleep in bed.
In certain situations a patient’s arrhythmia may occur less frequently and require longer term monitoring. In this situation a small loop monitor is placed under the skin and can monitor a patient’s rhythm for up to 3 years.
A pacemaker is placed in patients that have an inappropriate slow heart rate or heart block. Monitoring is performed to look for any other rhythm issues and monitor the battery life which typically last 7-10 years.