Heart disease is a devastating condition that affects millions of people each year. While the symptoms tend to sneak up gradually, there are clear signs and symptoms that indicate future issues with blood pressure, heart rhythm, and cardiac strength.
With heart disease being treatable and even preventable, knowing more about your current cardio condition will be an essential part of preserving and protecting your health. The portable ECG monitor is a tool that is revolutionizing self-care and preventative health measures for many who seek to take charge of their wellness.
The ECG, or electrocardiogram, was developed in the 20th century for the purpose of diagnosing heart disease. It is an effective way to detect abnormal heart rhythms that result from either electrolyte imbalance or damage to the heart. Portable ECG monitors are now available for use in the home, and they provide many benefits for users.
1. The Ability to Stay at Home
People would much rather stay at home while being monitored for signs of heart disease than endure a lengthy stay at a hospital. It’s natural to want to be in familiar surroundings, being cared for by loved ones, and the portable ECG monitor allows for more freedom of choice when receiving treatment. Hospital stays can also be quite expensive, particularly without insurance coverage; portable ECG monitors are an affordable option once you learn to use and interpret the device correctly.
Modern ECG monitors incorporate Bluetooth and wireless technology to store data and send it directly to your care provider. You and your care team can make more intelligent decisions about treatment as you analyze your numbers and co-create a care plan that works for you.
2. The Ability to Measure Anomalies of the Heart During Daily Activity
Modern ECG monitors are worn under your clothing, allowing you to monitor yourself during all daily activities except showering and bathing. Some of these devices can enable wireless connections of the electrodes to your monitor, thus minimizing the feeling of being “strapped” to a device.
While you are monitoring your heart rate, it’s essential to record your day’s events. Take note of any experiences where you experience ectopic beats or palpitations; these are activities that you should be mindful of in the future to regulate your heart rate.
3. The Ability to Use in Place of a Holter Monitor
A Holter monitor can record your heart rhythms. This monitor has several leads, with users wearing it during normal activities for 24 to 48 hours. While it’s true that Holter monitors can recognize and predict early cardiac trouble, it’s not consistent for monitoring irregular heartbeats. Another drawback to the Holter is that it is not comfortable to wear, causing many to resist using it consistently.
If you have occasional palpitations, slight irregularities in a regular heartbeat, or a family history of cardiac issues, the use of an ECG monitor may be for you. Talk to your doctor about how this efficient, convenient device can be a game-changer for your health and your life.