Posted on November 18, 2023
Before we get into how you can benefit from MCT and what it can do for your health, it’s important to establish a few basics about this ground-breaking technology. First, let’s discuss telemetry. This is basically the medical process of taking measurements of your body’s vitals. With cardiac telemetry, these readings have to do with cardiac metrics such as your heartbeat, rhythm, variability, and so on. Now mobile cardiac telemetry is pretty straightforward. It simply refers to a mobile version of cardiac telemetry, in that it occurs outside of a care facility setting, thanks to portable technology. With that out of the way, here are a few viewpoints on how MCT is beneficial:
Simply put, diagnostic yield is the rate at which your physician can positively identify diseases or conditions. Usually, diagnostic yield is a percentage that we calculate by considering the number of positive cases identified and the total cohort size.
For example, if a physician were to see 100 patients, and correctly identify the problem in 90 of such cases, then we can say that the diagnostic yield in this scenario is 90%.
That being said, MCT has been shown to generate higher diagnostic yields compared to traditional telemetry solutions. Going by an NIH study, here’s how it all breaks down:
1.Holter monitors – 24%
2.Event monitors – 23%
3.MCT – 61%
As you can see, the diagnostic yield of MCT is almost 300% that of either holter or event monitors. Now why is this a good thing for you as the patient?
Well, a high diagnostic yield means that the tests are likely to uncover whether or not you have a problem. With early disease identification, you can seek treatment early enough if you have a heart condition. Ultimately, this may save your life.
In some cases, you can even experience an arrhythmia without even noticing it. These types are called asymptomatic or silent arrhythmias, and that’s because they occur with no perceivable symptoms. You’ll feel just fine when you really aren’t.
According to a report by the National Institutes of Health, up to 26% of arrhythmia cases are asymptomatic. The statistics even get more dire when it comes to asymptomatic atrial fibrillation – a type of arrhythmia that causes abnormal and fast heartbeats – which may have a prevalence rate as high as 40%.
That being said mobile cardiac telemetry technology is key to identifying these silent killers due to the ability to monitor your heart rhythm around the clock. So even if you don’t manifest symptoms, MCT will be able to identify an arrhythmia. If your physician determines it to be dangerous, then you can now get the assistance you need to live a higher quality life.
If you think about the way traditional telemetry solutions operate, your physician only has access to your heart data when you’re at the facility. So if uncomfortable symptoms occur outside of this window, you cannot get help until your next appointment or until you raise it up with your doctor.
Fortunately, things work differently now thanks to MCT, which enables us to take heart monitoring on the fly. Technicians have round-the-clock access, not just to your heart vitals but to other biomarkers as well such as:
3.Blood vessel dilation or constriction
4.Body temperature and so on
So if, for example, you experience discomfort while you’re away from the hospital, your physician will still be able to pick up on your body’s flight or fight response. Consequently, you can receive prompt medical attention, while your doctor gets to better understand your symptoms, the triggers, and how to manage it better.
The cost of heart failure care in America is too high. On average, a person pays north of $24,000 and these expenses will keep rising due to increasing drug costs, economic factors beyond our control, and process inefficiencies across medical workflows.
Mobile cardiac telemetry is key to making healthcare more affordable. It does that by lowering your risk of hospitalization while reducing resource utilization in terms of technology and personnel for hospitals.
At the end of the day, this goes a long way to making disease management more affordable. When that happens, it becomes easy for you to seek higher-quality treatment solutions.
Having a heart condition can be stressful, more so if you regularly experience uncomfortable symptoms. You’re constantly worried that something might happen, especially when you’re out of the care of your physician.
Over time, this can hurt your physical health, with the following mental conditions substantiated to increase the severity of heart problems:
4.Panic and so on
With mobile cardiac telemetry, you can take comfort in knowing that your health is under constant monitoring 24/7. Your doctor is always in the loop about your health and the progression of your condition.
The weight lifts off your shoulder. Consequently, you can be more at ease which is always a great thing for your recovery. Additionally, MCT provides peace of mind by lowering hospital stays and ensuring that you spend more time with family and loved ones in your home rather than in a desolate hospital room.
According to statistics by World Population Review, about 166,324 people die each day in 2023. Further reports indicate that heart disease is responsible for a third of these deaths, making it the number one killer in the world. The sad fact is that 80% of cardiovascular issues are preventable. Consequently, this means that many people die of heart disease when they should not. Would you like to be part of those statistics? Of course, not. And tapping into the right technology and expertise early enough is key, and that’s where Cardiac Rhythm comes in. If you don’t take heart disease seriously, there might not be a second chance. So reach out to us today so we can get to the bottom of your condition.