How do you know how healthy your heart is? When you go to a doctor for your regular check-up, your heart may be fine. However, is it that healthy after you go jogging? When you first wake up in the morning? Right before you go to bed at night? There are a lot of things that can trigger your heart to do “less than healthy” things – and your doctor should know about it.
If you have had any issues with your cardiac health, a cardiac event recorder may be used to find out what is going on with you. This is a device that can be worn for as long as the doctor feels necessary. It may be for a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days. The information about your heart will be recorded so that your doctor can find out what the readings are.
You may have to create a log of what you do in a day. This log will be used in conjunction with the readouts. If you suddenly have an irregular heartbeat at 11:00 AM, your doctor can use the log to see that you were in the gym. All of this can be effective when providing you with a diagnosis. Your health is important and your doctor needs to use all of the tools at his or her disposal to find out about you.
A cardiac event recorder can provide data electronically. Instead of waiting until the end of the monitoring period to download the information, it can be sent in real-time to your doctor. If you show any kind of arrhythmia or irregular beat, a signal will be sent to your doctor. Depending on how severe it is and what other health issues you have going on, your doctor may tell you to meet him or her in the office or the hospital for further testing.
What’s great about these is that you go about your day. You may or may not have wires and adhesive patches on your chest. This will depend on the type of cardiac event monitor and how much information your doctor wants to get.
These are similar to holter monitors – though they tend to be a lot more portable. It is an EKG recorder that will include all of the information that is pertinent to your health. In many instances, there will be a screen on the monitor for you to see all of the information as well. This will allow you to learn about cardiac results even before you make your next appointment with a doctor.
The monitors are convenient. Depending on the model, it can be in the form of a wristwatch, beeper, or a device you put in your purse. In many instances, people won’t know that you have a cardiac event monitor on unless you tell them – or an alarm goes off.
These are extremely important in learning about your cardiac health and telling a doctor what’s going on so an effective diagnosis can be made.
eCardio Diagnostics is the leading provider of remote cardiac monitoring products and services that improve the flexibility, speed and accuracy of arrhythmia diagnosis. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, eCardio has served thousands of physicians and patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders since 2004.
By Jeff Weigang