Posted on August 20, 2021
In the past, whenever we encountered the term “cardiac monitoring device”, the first thing that came to mind were often Holter monitors. These nifty devices laid the foundation for later remote monitoring technology, which has portability as one of its main perks.
Of course, the most important advantage stems from the heart monitor device’s ability to conduct more in-depth, near real time monitoring of the heart. Over time, companies all over the world only honed this technology further.
Cardiac Rhythm is proud to be placed among this group of innovators. This is why we’re more than glad to give you an overview and in-depth dive into the benefits of these truly revolutionary tools that can mitigate heart disease mortality worldwide.
How Do Most Modern Cardiac Rhythm Monitoring Devices Function?
Nowadays, Holter monitors form just one part of the entire cardiac monitoring process. At Cardiac Rhythm, most of the monitoring relies on a specially-designed wearable biosensor. Essentially, it can monitor every heartbeat that a person produces, which is a far more extensive and effective solution for the detection of cardiac events. This applies to even the most elusive ones.
Any kind of monitoring will only be done after consultation with your doctor. The monitor will be attached to the patient, and he or she is required to wear it without any interruptions for a specific duration that the physician recommends. The longest time for monitoring is typically up to a week, with the shortest being a day.
As you wear the monitor, you can perform any kind of daily activity. However, you can’t let it get wet, so you will need to remove it prior to showering; although, we do provide waterproof options, too. The biosensor also gives the patient plenty of control when informing attending physicians of any discomfort felt during the entire time that monitoring is performed.
Once the testing duration is up, you will be asked to visit your doctor’s clinic to have the device removed. The data gathered by the monitor would then be sent to the attending doctor for interpretation and analysis.
The standard monitoring thresholds of our solutions include bradycardia, tachycardia, syncope, and atrial fibrillation.
Why Do We Need More Thorough Heart Monitoring?
A patient may be given the green light because a standard Holter monitor or ECG didn’t bring up any red flags. However, this doesn’t account for arrhythmias that are hard to detect. As a result, patients still suffer from classic symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, and syncope.
Heart attack survivors or anyone with a history of heart disease should arguably be given more attention than others. For example, one particular type of arrhythmia called premature ventricular contractions should be given extra attention, despite its reputation for being mundane. After all, it can also trigger other life-threatening arrhythmias.
There’s also the question of accuracy of results. It’s already been proven by recent studies that 24-hour monitoring is rarely accurate. Continuous heart rhythm surveillance is actually now being encouraged to ensure proper diagnosis to establish the best therapies going forward for any given patient.
The Proven, Most Compelling Benefits of Advanced Monitoring Devices
What underlines the value of these kinds of high-tech heart monitoring devices is that they’re beneficial to both patients and their attending physicians. We’re not just talking about the usual advantages that can be derived from a standard cardiac monitoring device here. Although, of course, they’re also worth noting since Cardiac Rhythm’s heart monitoring solutions can also impart them.
Rather, we also need to stress the undeniably unprecedented benefits as a result of the direct advancement of the technology.
More comprehensive remote cardiac monitoring.
What would normally be one-day or one-time monitoring can now easily be done over a more preferable and effective 7-day period. This is how we’re able to guarantee asymptomatic cardiac event detection, besides, of course, opting for more thorough monitoring with the devices we use.
The patient’s day-to-day life would also not need to be interrupted as the testing is occurring. Clinic visits aren’t necessary and will only need to be done once the testing period is completed.
A more personalized approach to cardiac monitoring.
We can’t deny the fact that any kind of treatment that caters to the patient’s individual needs tends to have the most favorable outcomes. This is pretty much the default advantage provided by Cardiac Rhythm since it allows patients and physicians to customize the data they acquire and analyze.
In turn, they’ll be given only the most vital and relevant data that can be crucial for life-saving decisions, diagnoses, and therapies. Lastly, the fact that detection is patient-initiated, meaning he can inform the monitoring team post-haste of any abnormal event, only highlights the value of patient-centric approaches to cardiac monitoring.
Real-time surveillance and detection of abnormalities are now a possibility.
Since these cardiac monitors are always on 24 hours, no less than near real time surveillance and decision-making becomes the norm. This is crucial in more ways than one. For one, it makes near real time manual monitoring a possibility because everything is done wirelessly.
Did you know that if you avail of Cardiac Rhythm’s monitoring services, you will also be catered to by a remote monitoring team that will be able to interpret your data as it is gathered? You can only imagine the timely interventions that this can open up to.
More control and in-depth data for physicians.
Physicians have the freedom to configure the monitoring device. For instance, they can set the times when an automatic capture will be performed. Should they have any concerns about conflicts in their clinic’s policies, know that our solutions are adaptable enough to make itself match with any institution’s policies. They can also personalize the tracking tools they use and the entire workflow.
Cost-effective in the long run.
This is especially true for hospitals and clinics that need to hire additional staff that will take care of installing the monitoring device or develop their own cardiac monitoring team. There are also the long-term costs required to maintain the solution’s IT infrastructure.
For patients, more accurate diagnosis and better, safer treatment plans only mean reduced hospital costs in the future.
With all things considered, it’s safe to say that cardiac monitoring has gone a long way since its inception in the late 1940’s. We’re glad that Cardiac Rhythm has, one way or another, played a part in the further advancement of the said technology.
On the whole, these applications would not have been made possible without the technology of today serving as a catalyst for its evolution. We owe these wondrous leaps as much to the present advancements in information technology.