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Know More about Heart Monitoring

Providing information about your heart to your doctor

Why Monitor Your Heart?

Advanced technology makes it possible for your doctor to get information about your heart without interrupting your life. Continuous heart monitoring is useful for capturing irregular heartbeats that happen infrequently — in some cases, you may not even feel any symptoms. Depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend heart monitoring.

Cardiac Monitoring to Support a Diagnosis

Your doctor may suspect that health concerns, such as unexplained fainting or an unexplained stroke, may be related to your heart. Cardiac monitoring is used to either identify or rule out a heart rhythm disorder and to determine the right course of treatment. Your doctor may recommend continuous heart monitoring to assist in diagnosis of health conditions, including:

Cardiac Monitoring for Condition Management

Atrial fibrillation (or AFib) is a common condition in which the upper chambers of the heart beat very fast and irregularly. If you have AFib, or if your doctor suspects that you do, cardiac monitoring may be recommended to determine how often and how long it occurs. In some cases, your doctor may want to monitor how effective different treatments are at keeping your AFib under control.

Which Type of Heart Monitoring System Is Right for You?

Types of cardiac monitoring vary in terms of how long they can be used and how information is captured. Common types of cardiac monitoring systems include:

Holter Monitor

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A Holter monitor is a portable external monitor that includes wires with patches that attach to the skin. It continuously measures and records heart activity for 1–2 days.

Event Recorder

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An event recorder is a recorder worn on the body for up to 30 days. It typically requires activation by pushing a button to record the heart’s activity.

Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT)

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Mobile cardiac telemetry is a wearable monitor that automatically detects, records, and transmits abnormal heart rhythms for up to 30 days.

Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM)

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An insertable cardiac monitor is a small device placed just under the skin that automatically detects and records abnormal heart rhythms for up to 3 years.*

*Duration of monitoring may vary based on settings and patients followed.

Ready to Talk to Your Doctor about Heart Monitoring?

If you’re wondering about how advanced continuous heart monitoring might help guide your healthcare decisions, it’s time to talk to your doctor. Here are some questions you might ask:

  • Would continuous, longer-term heart monitoring provide additional information about my health condition?
  • Would the information from continuous heart monitoring help pinpoint a diagnosis for my condition?
  • How long should I be monitored to get the best information about my condition?
  • Which system would fit my lifestyle and/or condition?
  • How might these monitoring options affect my regular activities, such as working, being active, or caring for my children or grandchildren?
  • How often do I need to come in for an office visit while I’m being monitored?
  • Is there anything else I can do to protect myself or get more information about my condition?

You may want to save or print these questions and take them with you to your next doctor’s appointment.

Will Insurance Cover Your Heart Monitor?

Most insurance plans will cover heart monitoring for indicated conditions. But if you have questions about the coverage your insurance offers for heart monitoring, call your health insurance company to ask.

It’s always best to get prior authorization before receiving a continuous heart monitoring system.