An insertable cardiac monitor can change your life in a multitude of positive ways, helping your physician monitor and improve your health by providing real-time data. These data transmissions enable more accuracy when diagnosing conditions. And they give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your trusted healthcare professional can access and review your data.
While some medical devices can severely impact your quality of life, an insertable cardiac monitor definitely falls on the “less invasive” side of the spectrum. For example, you can swim or bathe within a few days of surgery. And new technology even allows you to get an MRI if necessary, which wasn’t possible in the past.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE SURGERY?
Your insertable cardiac monitor will be placed under the skin of your chest near the heart. It’s a patient-friendly procedure that takes less than 10 minutes. The device is flexible, allowing it to conform to the natural shape of your body for comfort and discretion.
HOW WILL MY ICM CHANGE MY LIFE?
Your ICM is programmed to function properly nearly anywhere you are, but there are some special environments that you’ll want to be aware of. These are environments where electromagnetic interference (EMI) might interfere with the way your device collects or sends data, like airport security screening systems and anti-theft devices in department stores.
When passing through these security systems, move through quickly and without pausing to reduce the likelihood of triggering unwanted recordings.
You should inform security personnel at these locations that you have a medical device. Your patient ID card provides evidence of your device. At many locations, you may be able to request an alternate screening method to avoid risk of triggering an alarm.
Most monitors are protected against the EMI from common household and Wi-Fi enabled devices such as microwaves, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, cell phones, and laptops. For a specific list of devices that are okay with your monitor and those to avoid, consult your physician or your device specific patient manual.