Living With An Insertable Cardiac Monitor

With a Reveal® Insertable Cardiac Monitor, you will be able to continue your usual day-to-day life. Your doctor will download heart rhythm recordings from your monitor to help determine the causes of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan.

Daily living

If you have a Medtronic Reveal XT inserted, you will be able to continue with almost all of your normal daily activities. You can swim, bathe, and exercise without fear of harming your cardiac monitor. But, your doctor may ask you to limit some of your activities because of your condition. Remember to call your nurse or doctor if you have questions, and always follow their advice.

You will receive a Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor Patient Manual at the time of your implant. This contains most of the information you need about your Reveal XT Insertable Cardiac Monitor.

Electromagnetic Compatibility

Everything that uses electricity produces an electromagnetic energy field. How these energy fields interact with your cardiac monitor is called electromagnetic compatibility.

Energy fields in your daily surroundings are usually weak and will not affect your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor. Strong electromagnetic energy fields may temporarily affect the data collection by your insertable cardiac monitor.

Below are some simple guidelines for avoiding data collection problems caused by electrical interference.

Talk to your doctor or review the electromagnetic compatibility guide for more information.

Security Screening Systems

It is unlikely that security screening systems, such as found in airports, law courts, and other buildings will interfere with your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor data collection. But, they may detect the metal components and set off the alarm. It may be necessary to present your device identification card to the screening staff. You may wish to be hand-searched instead of going through the security archways.

Mobile Phones and Other Wireless Communication Devices

Wireless communication equipment such as cordless or mobile telephones, pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other hand-held computers, Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computers, and Bluetooth devices may temporarily interact with your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor and affect data collection.

Device interaction can be minimized by the following:

  • Keep a distance of at least 15 cm between the equipment and your implant site
  • When using a mobile phone, hold it to the ear on the opposite side of your implant site
  • Don’t carry the phone or other transmitting device in a pocket on the same side as your insertable cardiac monitor site or in a shoulder bag near your cardiac monitor – some phones give out signals even when they are not in use. 

Electronic Anti-Theft Systems

Many shops and libraries are equipped with electronic surveillance gates to prevent theft. To reduce the chance of these systems affecting your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor data collection, avoid any prolonged exposure while passing through the gates. Simply walk through these systems at a normal pace.

Home Environment

Your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor is not affected by most household electrical equipment such as household appliances, microwave ovens, electrical items for personal care and cleaning, power tools, and home electronics.

But, if you use an induction cooking hob, you should keep your cardiac monitor at least 60 cm away from the heating zone when the induction cooking hob is on. Conventional heating elements do not affect your insertable cardiac monitor collection data.

Industrial Equipment

Working with or near certain industrial equipment, such as arc welding tools, power plants, transmission lines, and other sources of high electrical current can interfere with the normal data collection of your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor

Describe your work environment to your doctor so that he or she can provide advice to minimize interference with data collection.

Medical and Dental Procedures

Always tell medical and dental personnel that you have an implantable heart monitor. Having a Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor does not prevent you from undergoing medical and dental procedures. With proper precautions, most procedures are unlikely to interfere with the function of your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor.

But, some medical procedures may temporarily affect the ability of your heart monitor to collect data. Some procedures require your doctor to collect information from your cardiac monitor before the procedure. These include:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Electrocautery
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (known as MRI or MR) scans (MRI Conditional: The Reveal XT has been demonstrated to pose no known hazards in a specified MRI environment with the conditions of use specified in the Patient Manual) 

Radio Transmitters

For items that transmit through an aerial or antenna, it is recommended that you keep a safe distance between the antenna of the radio transmitter and your insertable cardiac monitor.

Below are some types of radio transmitters that may affect insertable cardiac monitor data collection. Also included is the recommended minimal distance to maintain between the antenna and your insertable cardiac monitor:

  • Two-way radio transmitters – at least 15 cm
  • Portable transmitters – at least 30 cm
  • Amateur radio (HAM) transmitters – at least 3 metres 

If you have additional questions about electrical items and their possible effect on your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor, refer to your Medtronic Reveal XT Cardiac Monitor Patient Manual, contact Medtronic Patient Services Specialists, or talk to your doctor.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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