If you’re at risk of a heart problem or have an irregular heartbeat, wearing an event monitor can detect possible problems before they become severe. At Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates, the skilled board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners offer noninvasive cardiac event monitors to record your heart’s activity. Call an office in Cypress, Katy, Sealy, Fulshear, or Houston, Texas, today or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation on a cardiac event monitor.
A cardiac event monitor is about the size of a pager. It records your heart’s electrical activity, including its rhythm and rate. Your specialist might recommend a cardiac event monitor if you need long-term monitoring of potentially severe symptoms.
Your Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle to determine if you need to wear an even monitor. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and listen to your heartbeat. Your provider might order bloodwork or other diagnostic tests in addition to wearing an event monitor.
Event monitors help your specialist diagnose:
The monitor can determine how effective heart medicines or implantable cardiac devices work. See the Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates team at the first sign of a problem.
When receiving an event monitor, your specialist cleans the skin on your chest and attaches sticky patches to it. The patches attach to sensors that record your heart’s activity. You might wear a cardiac event recorder for up to 30 days on your wrist, carry it in your hand, or keep it in your pocket.
There are various types of cardiac event monitors. Your specialist recommends one for you based on your symptoms, risk factors, and lifestyle. Depending on which device you use, you press a button on the device when you feel symptoms.
Other devices don’t require sensors or wires but track your heart’s activity using an adhesive patch.
Your heart specialist might place an implantable loop recorder underneath the skin on your chest, leaving it in place for three years or longer.
You can usually continue normal activities while wearing a cardiac event monitor but might need to adjust your activity level. Your specialist will have you keep a diary of your symptoms and ask you to avoid electric blankets, magnets, high-voltage areas, cell phones, electric toothbrushes, and metal detectors.
After your doctor diagnoses your condition, they could recommend watchful waiting, lifestyle changes, further diagnostic testing, medication, minor procedures, or a combination. Your heart specialist tailors a treatment to match your needs.
Call the nearest office today or use the online booking tool to learn more about event monitors at Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates and if you need one.