AF Information & Advice For Patients

Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation Patient Survey

This survey has been put together by AF Association and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. Take part here.

Information for this survey

An implantable cardiac monitor (ICM) is a small device that is inserted under the skin of your chest and continuously monitors the heart rhythm for up to three years. It automatically detects and records arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) which are then stored in its memory and  can be transmitted to your doctor.

The procedure to implant an ICM takes around 10 minutes. It is performed in a hospital room with a local anaesthetic to numb the area of the skin where the device will be inserted. A very small cut small cut (1cm) is performed and then the device is injected right under the skin. It usually does not require any stiches and a dressing is applied to keep the area dry for 5 days. You may have a very small scar visible which fades in time.

It is a routine and simple procedure and it carries very small and infrequent risks. These are mainly bruising, which will get better after a few days, and infection of the device, which occurs in 1 in 100 people and may require the device to be removed.  

It does not require an overnight stay in hospital.

You can continue to perform all your daily activities such a walking, running or swimming.
Thank you in advance for taking part.

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