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ECG arrhythmia monitoring to protect your heart

About Arrhythmias

Arrhythmias are changes to a person’s normal heart rhythm. When a heart beats either too fast, too slow, or erratically, it can impact the flow of blood through the body and to the brain, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Atrial fibrillation, or Afib, is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting nearly 2.7 million Americans. Afib occurs when the atria or upper chambers of the heart beat out of coordination with the lower chambers, or ventricles. People with Afib may experience a fluttering or rapid heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue, and weakness.

Why did my doctor prescribe a cardiac monitor?

A physician may prescribe a heart study using a remote or mobile cardiac monitor to diagnose and monitor for arrhythmia events:

  • After a cardiovascular surgery or heart attack
  • In cases where symptoms such as heart palpitations may suggest arrhythmia
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of heart rate controlling medicines for atrial arrhythmias
  • To determine whether diagnosed sleep disordered breathing including sleep apnea may be the result of nocturnal arrhythmias
  • To determine potential causes of a stroke or transient cerebral ischemia (TIA)

Remote monitoring devices capture, record, and in some cases stream, your ECG signal, or heart rhythm, to a monitoring center, where data are interpreted, analyzed and reported to your physician. Often monitors are used for anywhere from 7 to 30 days.

Why do I need to wear a cardiac or heart monitor for 30 days?

Studies have shown that a significant number of people who have undergone a catheter ablation procedure may not experience an arrhythmia event until two or more weeks after their procedure. Longer term monitoring ensures that your physician is able to closely evaluate the success of your procedure or intervention and determine whether additional interventions may be required.

Why did my doctor prescribe PocketECG?

PocketECG is a leading arrhythmia diagnostic solution, engineered to provide the highest quality ECG signal and continuous streaming of your heart rhythm. While other devices capture snapshots or intervals in time, PocketECG records and classifies every heartbeat, ensuring a precise arrhythmia diagnosis. The PocketECG device is a lightweight, smartphone-sized technology that connects to your chest via three leads or electrodes. While connected, it streams your ECG data directly to your physician’s office through a secure online portal.