Understanding is the key to finding answers.
Accurate information is the key to better healthcare. Continuous heart monitoring gives your doctor important information about your health that can help with diagnosis and treatment of underlying heart conditions.
Conditions that heart monitoring is often used to diagnose or manage include:
Fainting is a common problem accounting for 740,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year.1 Half of patients admitted to the hospital leave without a diagnosis.2 People faint for many reasons, but it can be a sign of an underlying heart condition.
Heart palpitations are relatively common, accounting for 16% of symptoms that cause patients to go to their primary care doctor.3-5 While they are usually harmless, heart palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common condition in which the upper chambers of the heart beat very fast and irregularly, so the heart can’t pump blood effectively to the rest of the body. Left untreated, it can lead to stroke.
If you have AF or your doctor suspects that you do, cardiac monitoring may be necessary to determine how often and how long it occurs. Sometimes episodes of AF are infrequent and require longer-term monitoring, and in some cases your doctor may also want to monitor how effective different treatments are at keeping your AF under control.
A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain is suddenly blocked or bursts, resulting in damage to the brain tissue. The majority of strokes occur as a result of an obstruction, such as a blood clot. Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for stroke. An unexplained (or cryptogenic) stroke is a stroke of unknown cause, which requires further testing.
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