Heart monitors provide cardiologists like Vinay Sanghi, MD, of Heart and Vascular Associates, LLC, with detailed information about heart function over a period of time. These devices play a central role in diagnosing heart health conditions for residents of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and the surrounding region. Book a visit online or by phone today to learn more.
Heart monitors collect data on your heart activity, including heart rate and how your arteries expand during heartbeats (your pulse). Unlike testing that shows heart function during an office visit, heart monitors give a more expansive picture of heart function.
The ability to track heart rate and pulse over 24 hours or longer allows cardiologists to see how your heart functions outside of an office visit. This information helps determine your overall heart health and structure individualized treatment plans, as needed.
Your cardiologist advises you on the best type of heart monitor for your needs.
Holter monitors are small, wearable devices that you only need to wear for a 24-hour period of time. It’s essentially a mini electrocardiogram that is about the size of your hand. A series of adhesive patches attach to areas of your chest, and small wires run between these electrodes and the device, which sits in a shoulder or belt bag.
Mobile cardiac outpatient telemetry (MCOT) is another form of wearable device heart monitoring that automatically activates and records arrhythmias as they occur. The device can transmit collected data electronically. Practitioners receive real-time information on heart function.
Also called a cardiac event recorder, a loop recorder gathers real-time, continuous data on heart function. A simple procedure implants the device beneath the skin on your chest, where it can remain for several years.
After assessing your health history and symptoms, your cardiologist determines which type of heart monitor is the best fit.
Heart monitors use advanced technology to gather information about how your heart functions. You need to do very little to ensure that your readings are accurate.
If you’re wearing a Holter monitor, it’s important to wear the device as advised. Record any changes or symptoms you notice in the journal provided with your monitor. Do not get the device wet during the 24-hour monitoring period.
With implantable devices, the unit collects and transmits data automatically. You must remember to let your health team know you have an implanted heart monitor if you need imaging tests.
If you’re ready to learn more about heart monitors, call Heart and Vascular Associates to schedule a visit, or book online in just a few moments.