Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring News,Heart Health Tips on July 29th, 2014

Heart disease is the number one killer of men in America. The heart is the hardest working muscle in the human body, therefore, taking care of it is important to a long and happy life. However, as entertainment changes to focus on indoor activities and food sources sacrifice health for convenience, it can be hard for some to counter the negative effects that these social changes have on the heart. Doctors always say that the best way to beat heart disease is through a healthy lifestyle, but what exactly does that mean?

Dr. Charles Katzenberg, a UA clinical professor of medicine, offers these prevention tips to ward off heart disease:

  • Talk to your doctor. Check with your doctor regularly to find out what your cholesterol and blood pressure say about your heart. Your doctor may prescribe medicine or talk to you about some steps you need to take to regulate your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Balance your weight. Monitor your diet and eat healthy foods to regulate the amount of sugars, salts, and fats you ingest. Extra weight taxes the heart, as it needs to work harder to pump blood through the body.
  • Get moving. Take time out of your day to move around and stay active. Exercise is important to reduce blood pressure and train the heart to be stronger. Whether you walk, jog, swim, or bike, cardio exercise will help to significantly improve your heart’s health.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking is just as bad for your heart as it is for your lungs. When you smoke, the lining of your arteries become sticky and inflamed, making it easier for them to become clogged. If you arteries become clogged you’re in danger of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
  • Lose the stress. Make sure you take time to relax and get plenty of rest. Reducing stress lets the heart rest at a comfortable rate and lowers blood pressure in the process.
  • Learn the signs. Become familiar with the signs of a heart attack or stroke, and call 9-1-1 immediately when you see symptoms occur.

To learn more about keeping a healthy heart and cardiac monitoring solutions, visit the Medicomp Inc. website today. If you or someone you know is looking to increase heart health, share this post. Educate your friends and family of the importance of a healthy lifestyle on their heart.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring News,Heart Health Tips on July 22nd, 2014

Depression is a debilitating disease that causes sufferers to live in emotional anguish. How we feel is a result of the chemical signals received by our brain in response to certain stimuli. Sufferers of depression feel intense feelings of sadness and despair that persist longer than normal feelings of sadness. Each case varies slightly, depending on the individual, but the overall effects are nonetheless crippling. As a result, the brain and body become stressed and day-to-day activities become difficult to carry out, including the day-to-day functions of the heart.

A new study by the American Heart Association shows that women, under the age of 55, who’re suffering from depression are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or other related heart disease. Researchers looked into symptoms of depression in 3,237 participants with known or suspected heart disease. Approximately 34 percent of the participants were women and the average age was 62.5. The study’s participants were scheduled for a coronary angiography, an X-ray that helps to detect and diagnose diseases in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. These tests and observations were continuously conducted over a three year period.

After three years of cardiac monitoring, observation and study, results suggested a strong correlation between depression and heart disease, especially in women under the age of 55. After adjusting for other heart disease risk factors, each additional one-point increase in the symptoms associated with depression, increased their chance of suffering heart disease by about seven percent. Women under the age of 55 were 2.17 times as likely to suffer a severe heart condition when recovering from severe or moderate depression.

Depression has always been thought of as a condition that requires serious attention, but after seeing the results of this study the American Heart Association further stresses the importance of taking care of depression as soon as possible to prevent problems from developing in the heart.

To learn more about the importance of a healthy lifestyle to your heart’s health, as well as cardiac monitoring, visit Medicomp Inc. today. Also, share this post to help educate your friends and family of the importance of dealing with depression to increase heart health.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News,Heart Health Tips on July 11th, 2014

Summer is already here, and once again, you’ve found you never committed to a healthy diet plan after inhaling all those Valentine’s Day chocolates.   It’s OK.  We are only human, and sometimes our minds are not strong enough to undertake those challenging regimens. But who said dieting has to be hard? Our heart won’t wait until next spring to start a diet to look radiant for the following summer. The more calories we put in our bodies, the more difficult it’s going to be to get rid of them. Let’s create a great food plan together!

It’s not rocket science! Eating healthy will keep your heart at its best. Our food plan contains four basic foods that will help you get rid of that unwanted fat and keep your heart beating.

  1. Fruit: You should eat at least four pieces of fruit daily. Apples, grapes and strawberries are great choices to lower the risk of heart disease.
  2. Vegetables: Four servings of veggies a day will help lower your blood pressure and control your weight. Eggplant and okra are low-calorie vegetables and good sources of soluble fiber.
  3. Fatty Fish: Eating saltwater fish twice a week will help you lower your cholesterol. Oily fish like salmon, tuna, and trout are full of omega-3 fatty acids — good fats.
  4. Whole grain: Whole wheat pasta or brown rice will help you lower your cholesterol while providing you with the right amount of necessary fiber.

Now that you know the main ingredients for heart-healthy living, there are some good practices that you’ll have to apply to your food plan.

  • Prepare lean meats without added saturated and trans fat.
  • If you can, select light or fat-free dairy products.
  • Cut back on precooked meals or meals that are high in cholesterol.
  • Try to avoid salt, or use it at a minimum.
  • Know your fat limits; it’s important to know your fat distribution. Ask your doctor to find out what your BMI (Body Mass Index) is, and what you can do to improve it.
  • Enjoy the fiber benefits from oat bran, beans, fruits and nuts to help lower your cholesterol and to help reduce the risk of diabetes.
  • Drink water! Cut back on beverages like cola and other soft drinks with added sugar. Adding a splash of lemon juice to your water makes it fresh and tasty without loading you up on sugar!

One last thing: don’t forget toread the nutrition labels. Choose fats that offer you some benefits, like the poly- or monounsaturated ones. Stay away from the saturated or trans fats like cocoa butter, palm kernel oil and hydrogenated oil (since saturated and trans fats are the main dietary cause of high cholesterol).

Maintaining a strong and healthy heart is now easier than ever. Start today!  Medicomp, Inc. focuses on assisting physicians in achieving faster and more accurate diagnoses by providing them with advanced cardiac monitoring solutions. With the most sophisticated cardiac monitoring systems in the world, you can take the steps necessary to lead a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about our products, call us at 1-800-23-HEART.

Posted by: ontarget in arrhythmia monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on July 3rd, 2014

There are several people who have felt an increased heart rate or a “flutter” in their heart.  These can be signs of arrhythmia, or abnormal/irregular heartbeat.  Now, if you’ve experienced those symptoms, don’t panic.  Arrhythmias are extremely common, especially as you age.  Each year, millions of people deal with irregular heartbeats without any additional major complications.  In fact, most cases are harmless.  But, some arrhythmias can be extremely dangerous and require treatment and arrhythmia monitoring.  If you have experienced symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor just to be safe.

A broad range of symptoms can be associated with arrhythmias.  A single premature beat may be felt as a “skipped beat.”  These premature beats can occur in rapid succession, which feels like a “fluttering” sensation in the chest and/or neck.  If this sensation lasts long enough, more serious symptoms may start to develop including fatigue, lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain, or in more extreme cases, collapse and sudden cardiac arrest.

Arrhythmia monitoring is key to making sure any serious health risk is treated properly.  This is completed by monitoring a patient’s electrical cardiac rhythms.  With Medicomp, Inc., there reports are available to physicians 24/7 through the Arrhythmia Access network, which is secure and HIPAA compliant.  The Arrhythmia Access website features a common user interface and easy-to-reach icons for retrieving Event, Holter and Pacemaker monitoring reports.

Maintaining a strong and healthy heart is now easier than ever. Start today!  Medicomp, Inc. focuses on assisting physicians in achieving faster and more accurate diagnoses by providing advanced arrhythmia monitoring solutions. With the most sophisticated cardiac monitoring systems in the world, you can take the steps necessary to lead a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about our products, call us at 1-800-23-HEART.

 

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News,Holter Monitors on June 27th, 2014

If you or a loved one has recently noticed something off with the way your heart beats, you may want to talk to your doctor about using a wireless event monitor. Wireless event monitors are portable devices that you can take with you as you go about your regular activities. When you are done with it, your doctor can go over the results and let you know if there is anything that needs to be addressed. Event monitors have helped revolutionize the level of convenience patients and doctors receive when it comes to heart care.

Mostly used to diagnose arrhythmias, event monitors are important for detecting problems with the heart’s regular rhythm. An arrhythmia is an irregularity with the regular rhythm or speed of the heart’s beat. The heart can beat too fast or slow, causing discomfort and possibly pointing to a more serious underlying condition. Event monitors can also be used to diagnose the causes of patients suffering from blackouts and palpitations.

Event monitors are also capable of detecting the presence of a silent myocardial ischemia. A silent myocardial ischemia is a condition where the muscles of the heart do not receive enough oxygen. ‘Silent’ refers to the fact that no symptoms occur for the patient to notice on their own. The monitor also helps to verify if treatments for silent myocardial ischemia and arrhythmias is effective. After a problem with the heart has been diagnosed and treatment is underway, event monitors let doctors know if the treatment is going well. People recovering from major surgeries or other forms of treatment will also use event monitors to make sure the recovery is going smoothly.

Easy and safe to use, event monitors are non invasive and simply use electrodes attached to the skin to begin recording the heart’s activity. Once you are done with them, all you need to do is return the device to your doctor or cardiac monitoring center and wait for the results. To learn more about event monitors and about heart health, visit the Medicomp Inc. blog today.

 

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Holter Monitors on June 20th, 2014

Medical care is slowly but surely making advancements on a daily basis. As technology advances, the amount of care and attention doctors can give to each of their patients increases. One example of this change in care through technology is advancement of the cardiac event monitor.

Cardiac event recorders have changed from being large clunky machines, only found in hospitals, to portable devices that patients can fit in their pockets and take with them where they go. Now, if a patient comes to their doctor with concerns about their heart, the doctor can simply get them set up with an event recorder and let them get back to their daily routines. Once the recording is done, the doctor can take time to carefully review the results and get back to their patient with the best course of action.

There are three particular features of modern-day heart monitors that make them so convenient for doctors and patients:

  • Wireless data – All of the information that is recorded from the patient’s heart is submitted to cardiac technicians through a wireless connection. This is what allows clinicians to monitor the patient without the patient physically being near.
  • Portable battery – Although this is a given for most portable devices today, the portable battery in a cardiac event recorder is a significant step up from being plugged into a wall. Now the recordings of the device can accurately reflect the heart’s condition during day-to-day activities instead of recording the patient’s heart while they’re restricted to a stationary position. This advantage allows for a more accurate diagnosis concerning certain heart conditions.
  • Cloud sharing – In addition to the computers at the office, doctors can now bring up patients’ monitoring reports right on their mobile devices. This allows doctors to quickly communicate any concerns the device may show so the patient can take the best course of action.

Wireless event monitors allow for more accurate readings, giving the patient a quicker diagnosis and treatment plan. Their convenience is unmeasurable, and their assistance in helping those suffering from a heart condition is unquestionable. To find out more about wireless event recorders, check out the Medicomp Inc. blog today.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Telemetry Unit on June 13th, 2014

Telemetry monitoring is a broad term that involves monitoring any kind of activity that can be measured electronically, and translating measurable results into an observable spectrum that can be read by people. In the medical world these machines are vital to recording the activities and vital signs of cardiac patients. Telemetry unit monitors are commonly used to monitor patients who are:

  • Recovering from a serious heart problem such as a heart attack
  • Having lung problems such as a blood clots or fluid buildup
  • Under the effects of anesthetics during surgery
  • Taking certain medicines that affect the heart
  • Currently in shock, or have an injury that can lead to shock
  • Suffering from a serious medical condition such as a stroke or kidney failure

These machines differ from their smaller cardiac monitoring counterparts in that they are usually monitored in real time during the course of treatment. Patients recovering from injuries and heart problems usually undergo physical therapy. During these sessions, a trained nurse will hook up the monitor and observe the reading on the machines while the patient completes the therapy. During surgery involving anesthetics, telemetry unit monitors are important to make sure that any drops in blood pressure or heart rate are immediately noticed. Without the help of a telemetry monitor potentially life threatening problems could occur on the operating table.

To attach the monitor, nurses first have to clean the body. Then they attach, anywhere between 3 and 12, electrode sticky pads to various parts of the body. The amount and the placement depend on the situation for which the monitor is being used. Once attached, the electrodes send information to a machine that then translates and projects the information on the monitor. A nurse will continually watch the monitor and make note of any changes. If they see a problem or see something that can lead to a problem they will call for help and have the problem resolved as soon as possible.

To learn more about telemetry units and keeping a strong and healthy heart, visit the Medicomp Inc. website or call us today.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News,Heart Health Tips on June 6th, 2014

Before you start a workout regimen it’s important to ascertain what you are trying to achieve. Whether it’s to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, everyone needs to have a goal they can work towards. Once you understand what you want to get out of your workout, you can then design a workout that will help you achieve your goal. This includes a proper diet, comfortable attire, and an effective heart rate monitor. Even if your aim is just to stay active, a cardiac monitoring device is necessary to get the greatest benefit from your workout. Your heart rate monitor observes your heart’s beats per minute. It will help you determine the intensity level of your workout.

To better understand how cardiac monitoring monitors can affect your workout, here are a few examples of different athletic activities and how a heart rate monitor helps to achieve the most benefit from these activities:

  • Running – Heart monitors help runners find their peak heart rate in order to appropriately pace themselves for extended workouts. It also helps for lighter workouts by showing them their aerobic base.
  • Weight loss – Just like a peak rate for runners, there is a peak rate that works to shed the most amount of fat during each workout. Your exercise should be coupled with a nutritious, heart-healthy diet.
  • Cycling – There’s nothing like going for a Saturday morning cycle with your friends. A heart rate monitor could boost your performance, increasing your endurance and tempo. These qualities are important for trail, road and even stationary cycling.
  • Injury and rehabilitation workouts – Straining the body is the last thing people recovering from injuries want to do. Heart rate monitors can help patients avoid reaching strenuous levels of activity during workouts. Some heart monitors also observe the condition of the heart during workouts to report how the recovery process is going.

Heart rate monitors are vital tools to help athletes achieve their goals in the most efficient way possible. If you are starting or already have a workout regimen, you should invest in a heart rate monitor. To learn more about the benefits of cardiac monitoring devices, visit the Medicomp Inc. website or call us today.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on May 30th, 2014

Working out is important to maintaining a healthy heart and a healthy body. Athletes especially love training their bodies and keeping themselves in peak-performance condition. Some stick to strict workout schedules to maintain the strength and endurance that gives them an edge in their field of competition, while bodybuilders make an escalating schedule that works to push their bodies to grow and become stronger. Whatever end goal the athlete has in mind for their workouts, there are two things that will always be true: there is a peak heart rate to be reached during every workout and there is a point that pushes the body too far that should be avoided. So how do athletes find this target heart rate and avoid pushing themselves too far? The answer is a cardiac monitoring device.

Heart rate monitors are becoming popular for athletes, especially those training for triathlons and marathons. Athletes that regularly train while keeping their heart rate at the most optimal pace saw vast improvements in their performance. Why is this, and what makes finding the right intensity such a big deal? The answer is what is widely recognized as the pacing strategy.

It’s no surprise that over the course of an extended workout or athletic event that athletes begin to slow down. This is because once they have reached their peak speed they begin to slow, making it easier to endure prolonged activity. A pace strategy is an effective way to avoid the common reduction of speed in your middle and ending pace. By using your cardiac monitoring device to strategize your pace, you can use the saved energy to safely surge through your race or other workout activities.

Even for those who are investing in less intense overall workouts, a heart monitor can help individuals see results faster. The pacing strategy prevents individuals from falling off sharply before they have a chance to finish their workout. Pushing until the breaking point in a workout is dangerous and it does not signify optimal performance.

To find out more about working out and maintaining a healthy heart, visit our website today or call Medicomp Inc. to talk to us about our cardiac monitoring devices.

Posted by: ontarget in Cardiac Monitoring,Cardiac Monitoring News on May 23rd, 2014

Staying active is a key element in maintaining a healthy heart. Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body, pumping blood to your extremities on a daily basis without any rest. However, despite its constant activity, your heart still benefits from a good workout. Cardio is especially important because it trains your heart to function more efficiently.

When we workout, our blood begins to rush to the more active parts of our body such as our arms and legs while diverting blood flow to less active parts of the body like the digestive system. This increased blood flow sends a larger amount of blood back to the heart as it beats. To help adjust to the increased amount of blood the left ventricle of the heart enlarges, allowing more blood to be ejected into the body per heartbeat. Over time, our heart rate drops because it requires less beats per minute to deliver the amount of blood our body demands. This ultimately means that our heart has to work less in the long run in order to pump blood through the body.

It is recommended that you should spend about 150 minutes a week doing aerobic activities to maintain good heart health. Some people just don’t have the time to schedule going to the gym or going for a jog because of other responsibilities. However, there are a few things that you can do during your day to day activities that will give your heart some of the aerobic activity it needs.

  1. Avoid the elevator and take the stairs.
  2. Find a distant parking spot when running errands, you’ll get a little cardio on your way into the store.
  3. Spend quality time with friends and family and take walks instead of sitting on the couch catching up.
  4. Complete physical activities while watching TV. Lift hand weights while your favorite show is on and use the commercial breaks to do sit-ups or fold laundry. Also consider investing in a yoga ball. By sitting on it while you watch television, you will practice balance and strengthen your core.
  5. Park and walk into locations instead of using a drive thru.
  6. Take on housework that keeps you moving, such as vacuuming and washing dishes.
  7. Take your dog for more walks. Fido loves it and your heart will too.
  8. Make time to play with kids and/or grandkids.
  9. Turn lunch meets into more active meets by playing sports. Rather than getting together with your friends for lunch on the weekend, schedule a friendly volleyball or tennis match.
  10. Stand or pace while on the phone instead of sitting down.

By completing these simple activities throughout your daily life, you can increase blood flow and increase your heart’s health. To find out more about cardiac monitoring and how you can keep your heart healthy, visit our website or contact Medicomp Inc. today.

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