If you’ve ever felt like you heart has skipped a beat, you have experienced a cardiac event known as arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is an irregularity with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. Common signs of arrhythmia include fainting; feeling dizzy; and palpitations, which are the feelings of your heart skipping a beat, a fluttering of your heart, or an irregular beating of your heart. You may have noticed palpitations from time to time throughout your life or only just felt them recently. In either case, the presence of palpitations could be a sign of a serious heart problem, so your doctor may recommend using a heart monitor to get information on the patterns of your heartbeat. However, you might be surprised to know that doctors have only recently begun accepting this as a recommended form of arrhythmia monitoring.
Years ago, patients could only have their arrhythmias monitored in a hospital because the technology in those days where limiting due to their size and upkeep. As technology advanced, the availability of portable monitoring stepped into the scene, but not necessarily the spotlight. Doctors didn’t like the new devices because at the time of their creation, they were unreliable. Short battery life, patient reliant recording, and still cumbersome equipment made doctors more likely to recommend the more reliable machines in the hospital. Only as the years progressed, and advances to the technology were made did doctors warm up to and rely on at home monitors to make their diagnosis.
Technology has only continued to advance from there, making it more efficient and convenient for doctors and patients alike. Medicomp has continued this tradition and presents its latest contribution to portable heart monitoring: the SAVI AIR Wireless Event Monitor. This wireless monitor offers the highest clinical yield available and contains the largest amount of storage space available for a monitoring device.
Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. With this in mind, it’s clear that making sure your heart is working at its best is important. However, a simple visit to the doctor might not be enough for your doctor to understand what is going on inside your heart. That’s why your doctor may recommend using a Holter or Event monitor to gain a clearer understanding of your heart’s rhythm. Are you curious about these devices? Here are a few things you should know about the Holter and Event monitors.
What are they? Holter and Event monitors are portable medical devices that record the heart’s electrical activity. They are made up of two parts: the sensors that are placed on your skin that detect the electrical activity, and the recorder that records the activity the sensors read. The device records this activity over a span of about 24-48 hours for Holter monitors and up to 30 days for event monitors. During this time, you simply go about your daily activities.
Why would I need one? Holter and Event monitors behave similarly to the big ECG machines in doctors’ offices. However, the machines in doctors’ offices only record a few seconds of activity, so if there is no irregularity during that time, then there will be no information for your doctor to use for a diagnosis. Holter and event monitors can record for longer periods of times, and record your heart during activities that might provoke irregularities more consistently. With this information, your doctor will have a much easier time making a diagnosis and can recommend treatment if necessary.
Are there any risks? The only associated risks with Holter and event monitors are minor skin irritation and allergic reactions to the patches and any resin needed to make them stick to your skin. These symptoms will lift when the patches are removed.
Make sure you check with your doctor if you notice any irregular beating in your heart. If your doctor recommends using a heart monitor, ask about Medicomp’s monitors. These monitors have been tested to be the toughest and most technologically advanced monitors in the industry with the highest clinical yield.
Many people consider trans fats to be the worst type of fats, which can simultaneously raise your “bad” cholesterol and lower your “good” cholesterol. But what about this type of fat makes it so unhealthy? In combination with a low HDL or “good” cholesterol level, high LDL or “bad” cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death among both men and women.
It is believed that the body treats trans fats like saturated fats; the addition of hydrogen to oil increases your cholesterol more than other types of fat, making it more difficult to digest. At one time, trans fats were considered good because they enhanced food shelf life, improved texture and even flavor of many processed foods. When trans fats travel through your digestive system to your arteries, it can promote a buildup of plaque, which can lead to a number of heart and health risks.
Among the biggest health risks is heart disease, which has a number of symptoms including:
Many arrhythmias arise from some sort of heart disease; Atherosclerosis for example, which is when the arteries become clogged with fatty deposits, can lead to bradycardia, or a slower heart rate, and can lead to tachycardia, or a faster-than-normal heart rate. Cardiac monitoring solutions can help diagnose abnormal heart rhythms which can lead to quicker diagnoses.
How do you look for trans fat in foods? Another term for trans fat is “partially hydrogenated” vegetable oil and can be found in many foods on grocery store shelves. Some restaurants continue to use trans fats, mainly in the oil that is used to fry foods. Monounsaturated fats, such as olive or canola oil, is a healthier option than saturated fats. Other foods with monounsaturated fats include nuts, fish, and other food containing omega-3’s.
Medicomp specializes in cardiac monitoring solutions that help doctors observe arrhythmias and make diagnoses. Contact us today at 800-23-HEART to find out more about our cardiac monitoring solutions that can help you live a healthier life.
A Holter monitor is a portable device that many doctors prescribe patients to wear when they need to solve a medical mystery. The monitor allows doctors to measure the heart’s rate and rhythm in order to determine how a patient’s heart is functioning. It is typically worn between 24 and 48 hours while patients continue throughout their normal days. There are a number of reasons why your doctor may require you to wear a Holter monitor.
Electrocardiograms are generally performed if the patient experiences an abnormal heart rhythm. An electrocardiogram measures heart rate and rhythm but these abnormalities may not show up at the time of the the examination since the test only lasts several minutes, which is why many doctors may request that you wear a Holter monitor for an extended period of time to diagnose an arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.
Doctors may also order you to wear a Holter monitor if you have a heart condition that may increase the likelihood of an abnormal heart rhythm. They may also request that you keep a diary of the activities you are performing throughout the day. A Holter test may provide more information that could explain dizziness or fainting and palpitations or the feeling that your heart is fluttering.
Unlike the event monitor, which only records when you experience an “event” or abnormal symptom, the Holter monitor continuously records for the entire period that you wear it. Paired with the beat-by-beat record and your diary, your doctor is able to diagnose the problems that may be causing your irregular symptoms.
Medicomp offers Holter monitors that allow doctors to provide patients with quicker diagnoses that may lead to faster treatments. Contact us today at 800-23-HEART to find out more about our Holter monitoring solutions that can help you live a healthier life.
Being diagnosed with heart disease is difficult enough, but what happens if you suffer from a heart attack? Individuals who are at high risk of heart disease or have had a heart attack need close supervision and continuous heart monitoring through the use of a cardiac event monitor, but is exercising safe after a heart procedure safe?
Before beginning any type of exercise program, patients should speak with their doctor and undergo a thorough examination. Physical examinations may be performed as well as a stress test, which measures the patients’ ability to exercise based on the intensity of the activity. There certain cases where exercise may be prohibited. Certain medical conditions can be aggravated by exercise; those with severe heart valve problems, or uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmias should avoid physical exercise until these problems are taken care of.
The ideal time to begin exercising is around two weeks minimum after an incident, but this may be at the discretion of your doctor. After being cleared by your doctor, patients may enroll in a cardiac rehabilitation program which consists of monitoring the heart through the use of a cardiac event monitor to ensure the safety of the patient during exercise.
Many patients must build their cardiovascular endurance. Continuous exercise like jogging, walking or biking are ideal for heart disease patients because it helps strengthen your heart and gets your blood flowing. Your doctor may also recommend you wear a cardiac or Holter monitor while performing everyday activities including exercise to measure your heart rate when you’re at home.
It’s important to not over-exert yourself without permission from your doctor, and to utilize a cardiac event monitor to ensure a high degree of safety during exercise following a heart incident. At Medicomp, we offer cardiac monitoring solutions that meet physician’s needs in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions. Call us today at 1-800-23-HEART to learn more about our products.
In a world where many of us believe that a heart attack only happens to those who are over the age of 50, there are many common heart health misconceptions that we should be aware of. It can be dangerous relying on assumptions about our health, especially when it comes to cardiac monitoring and heart disease. If you have ever thought of any of these myths, it’s time to think again and set the record straight.
1. “It won’t affect me since I’m young.” Believe it or not, heart disease can affect people of all ages. Though the risk increases with age, we are seeing more people in their 30s and 40s suffering from heart attacks than ever before.
2. “My parents had heart disease, so I will too.” Although you may have a higher risk of developing heart disease if it runs in the family, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk including staying active, watching your cholesterol, maintaining a healthy weight, watching what you eat and more.
3. “A few extra pounds don’t hurt.” Obesity can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure, two risk factors of heart disease. Lowering your body weight by just 10 percent can reduce your risks significantly more than you may believe.
4. “I will know when I’m having a heart attack.” Although it’s common to experience chest pain, some symptoms may actually be quite subtle. You may experience shortness of breath, nausea, the feeling of being lightheaded, or neck or back pain. If you are unsure, it’s important to call 911 immediately.
5. “Those who exercise shouldn’t worry about heart health.” It’s a common belief that those who do not eat well are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, but just because you are eating healthy and maintaining your weight doesn’t necessarily leave you in the clear. Uncontrollable risk factors, like age or genetics can increase your risk. It’s important to see a doctor on a regular basis to keep your heart in check.
Don’t rely on some of these myths to make yourself feel better about heart health. Cardiac monitoring is an important aspect in making sure you understand where your health stands. Medicomp specializes in ambulatory cardiac monitoring to meet the needs of health professionals. To learn more about our products, call us at 1-800-23-HEART.
Can too much exercise harm your heart? Some experts have found that extreme exercisers are more likely to develop an arrhythmia than those who were active, but not competitively. For many, exercise is something that many Americans don’t get enough of. For a small majority of others, exercise is a part of their daily lives. But believe it or not, for high-performance athletes who are extreme exercisers, too much can actually be a bad thing. Those who find themselves to be exercise addicts should be aware of arrhythmia monitoring and should seek a doctor if you experience any symptoms from your heart.
A study done in 2011 of lifelong competitive athletes aged 50 and older found that they had more fibrosis, or scarring, in their heart muscle than those who were active, but not competitive athletes. While an overwhelming amount of evidence shows that exercise reduces heart disease, there have been limitations where people can do too much.
The study also suggested that those who finished races faster than others were at a higher risk of developing an arrhythmia serious enough to require medical attention. When athletes are training heavily in endurance sports, the heart muscle dilates and the pumping chamber thickens, which can cause the top chambers of the heart, or the atria, to quiver irregularly. Since the heart becomes more efficient from training, it can lead to slower heartbeats, which can have its dangers. Atrial fibrillation (fast and irregular movement in the atria) increases your chance of stroke, chest pain and even heart failure.
These findings shouldn’t deter you from exercising, but if you are a highly competitive athlete, it’s important to talk to your doctor about underlying heart risks, and to undergo arrhythmia monitoring if you feel any type of irregular symptoms. Taking steps to live a healthier life can greatly increase your heart health and reduce the risks that may contribute to heart disease.
Medicomp specializes in providing customers with arrhythmia monitoring systems that make heart monitoring as accurate as possible. Contact us today at 800-23-HEART to find out more about our arrhythmia monitoring solutions that will help you live a healthier life.
For many, cardio, or cardiovascular exercise, is a dreaded word. For others, it’s a passion, something they can’t seem to get enough of. Whichever group you fit into, cardio and cardiac monitoring is something that shouldn’t be left out of your fitness plan. There are various forms of cardio exercise, all of which have great benefits. Primarily, many people perform cardiovascular activities to lose weight, but it doesn’t just end with fat loss.
Cardio improves the condition of your heart. Just like any other muscle, it needs to be worked in order to be strong. If you fail to work it, it can weaken with time, causing health issues that may include heart disease. Cardiac monitoring and getting the heart pumping at a fast rate on a regular basis can keep you healthy. Cardio also helps improve your metabolism, which helps maintain or lose weight.
Believe it or not, exercise changes the hormones in your body; if you’ve ever noticed how much better you feel after a workout, it’s because your body releases “feel good” hormones that reduce the symptoms of depression and fatigue. Many individuals who regularly perform cardiovascular activities may also have a better outlook on life thanks to the benefits of these hormones.
Moving around and getting our blood flowing through cardio strengthens our heart and lungs by teaching them to work more efficiently. From running to swimming and beyond, other health benefits of these activities include:
Reduced risk of heart disease
Improved heart function
Improved muscle mass
Improved mental health
One of the biggest benefits of cardio is maintaining a strong and healthy heart. Medicomp focuses on assisting physicians achieve faster and more accurate diagnoses by providing advanced cardiac monitoring solutions. Managing heart health benefits your whole body, and 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.
Learning how to read and understand a nutrition label can help you help you make healthier food choices while monitoring your heart health. The nutrition facts panel generally consists of the following components: serving size information, calorie information, percent daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet, nutrient information and ingredients. It seems pretty simple, right? Unfortunately for many, it can be confusing. Through deciphering nutrition labels and cardiac monitoring, you can take the steps towards a healthier heart.
Serving Size: It’s important to pay attention to the serving size; every other number on the label applies to one serving. Even though a bag of chips says that it’s 150 calories, the entire bag could be 3 servings, or 450 calories.
Percent Daily Value (% DV): This is the percentage of each nutrient recommended to meet the needs of an average 2,000 calorie diet. In general, if you want to consume less of a nutrient (like saturated fat), choose foods with a lower % DV.
Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium: This is part of the label that most people should limit. Saturated and Trans fats are considered bad because they have the ability to raise cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk of heart disease. Sodium, mainly from salt naturally present in food or more commonly added to food, can contribute to fluid retention and high blood pressure and thus should be limited.
Total Carbohydrates: Generally broken down into dietary fiber and sugars, carbohydrates are primarily found in starches, vegetables, fruits, sweets and milk. Foods high in fiber are beneficial for weight control, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even some forms of cancer. Added sugars – glucose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, maltose, etc. – should also be avoided by those looking to improve their body composition.
Protein: This is the amount of protein in grams that one serving has. In general, .45 grams of protein per pound of body weight (e.g. 68 grams for a 150 pound person) is enough protein. It’s rare for people to consume too much protein.
Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamins A & C, and Calcium and Iron are the only ones required on a label. It is recommended to receive 100% DV of each of these nutrients.
Ingredients: The ingredients are listed according to how much of the ingredient the food contains. The ingredient list can help you determine whether the food is right for you, depending on your views on what you want and don’t want to put in your body.
Medicomp focuses on assisting physicians achieve faster and more accurate diagnoses by providing advanced cardiac monitoring solutions. Managing heart health benefits your whole body, and 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.
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Melbourne, Fla. – Medicomp, Inc. (www.medicompinc.com), introduces the SAVI Air, the only Wireless Event Monitor to offer beat-to-beat analysis of the entire ECG, a patented feature previously unavailable to healthcare.
“What makes the SAVI Air wireless event monitor truly stand out is our Diogenes algorithm, which resides on our entire line of monitors and is widely regarded as the most advanced artificial intelligence technology in the industry,” says Dan Balda, M.D., Medicomp CEO.
Prior to the release of the SAVI Air, wireless event monitors relied on algorithms that could only analyze limited aspects of the ECG, therefore increasing the risk of missing significant arrhythmias.
The Diogenes algorithm is the only ambulatory cardiac monitoring technology to offer Rate, Rhythm, Morphology, and P-wave analysis. “No other company’s monitors provide this same complete analysis,” says Dr. Balda. “We know because we have the patent.”
The SAVI Air provides all the benefits and convenience of a wireless event monitor with the highest clinical yield available allowing for faster diagnosis and treatment.
Physicians no longer have to compromise on different standards of care with SAVI Air added to Medicomp’s product line. Physicians now have the ability to choose the cardiac monitor most suited for the individual needs of patients.
For more information, visit www.medicompinc.com or call (321) 821-2060.
About Medicomp, Inc.
Founded in 1981, Medicomp designs, develops and provides advanced cardiac monitoring products and services — including Mobile Cardiac Telemetry, Holter, Event, and AF Burden Monitoring — utilizing the most sophisticated and reliable ambulatory heart-monitoring systems in the world. Medicomp has been a technology leader in the telemedicine industry. Medicomp is dedicated to research, participating in multiple clinical trials around the globe. Medicomp is led by Dan Balda, M.D. As CEO, he utilizes his medical experience to guide the company with a physician’s perspective in caring for patients. For more information, visit www.medicompinc.com.
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