It can be very disconcerting to experience palpitations or an abnormal heart rhythm! While you should not panic at this sign, you should take it seriously and talk with a healthcare provider about how to deal with your issue. At Apollo Cardiology, we offer the convenience of the wireless Cardea SOLO electrocardiogram (ECG) recorder to analyze your heart rhythm for seven days. With this information, we can determine whether you have a heart arrhythmia issue and how best to proceed.
What do I need a 7-Day Continuous ECG Recorder for?
The Cardeo SOLO 7-day continuous ECG recorder is an excellent device for monitoring and recording your heart rate and rhythm! Since irregular heart rhythm and other cardiac symptoms come and go, a one-time electrocardiogram test at a health office may not detect anything. With the portable Cardea SOLO device, any irregular rhythms or cardiac events can be caught and analyzed over a significant period. Once the device is applied it will remain in place for 7 days until you take it off. You will be able to exercise and shower with the device on. We will download the information from the device once it is returned to our office. As such, if you have an irregular heart rhythm or suffer from any of the following cardiac problems, you will likely benefit from this 7-day continuous ECG recorder:
- Heart arrhythmia
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Syncope or pre-syncope (fainting spells)
What does a 7-day heart monitor show?
The Cardea SOLO 7-day heart monitor analyzes your heartbeat, rhythm, and rate for various issues, such as the following:
- Atrial fibrillation: AFib is characterized by an irregular and rapid heart rate, which increases your risk of strokes and heart failure.
- Bigeminy: a heart rhythm issue in which single heartbeats differ in length, usually in a pattern of one longer, one slower.
- Bradychardia: a heart rate that is too slow.
- Couplets or triplets: differs from bigeminy, in that abnormal beats are paired (couplets) or come in groups of three (triplets)
- Heart pauses: a short period in which no heartbeats are registered.
- Premature atrial contractions (PAC): a missed heartbeat, followed by a fluttery beat in the upper atria chamber of the heart.
- Premature ventricular contractions (PVC): the same thing as PAC but occurring in the ventricles of the heart.
- Tachycardia, including ventricular and supraventricular tachycardia: tachycardia is a condition where your heart beats more than 100 times in one minute. Ventricular tachycardia is when the rapid heart rate begins in the lower chambers of the heart, while supraventricular is when it begins in the upper chambers of the heart.
- Trigeminy: an abnormal heart rhythm that causes an extra heartbeat.
Does an event monitor record all the time?
Unlike other event monitors that only record when you activate it, the Cardea SOLO continuously records your ECG data after applying it and turning it on. The sensor is placed below your clavicle bone and above your left breast. The device is small, lightweight, water-resistant, and is discreetly worn. You can go about your day without any complications, for the most part. That said, you should not swim with the device on or have an MRI. You can shower with the Cardea SOLO device on, but it cannot be immersed in water.
If you are experiencing problems with your heart rhythm and think you might benefit from the innovative Cardea SOLO device, we would love to provide that service to you at Apollo Cardiology! To book an appointment with us, please give us a call at (314) 266-7684, or you can also do so through our website. Apollo Cardiology is conveniently located on the 11th floor of the Pierre Laclede building on 7733 Forsyth Blvd in St. Louis, Missouri. You can reach us during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday.