Remote Cardiac Monitoring

Remote cardiac monitoring provides the peace of mind that in the event of an emergency the patient is taken care of promptly and appropriately. This service is provided through a series of health monitors in order to accurately track a person’s health. In addition, some services offer 24-hour care available right in the home. Cardiac event monitoring is for anyone that shows a need for constant care regarding heart health. A variety of services are included with any system. This includes constant communication with the normal practicing physician or cardiologist, supplies for testing, and friendly financial arrangements that make getting these services even easier.
When choosing a monitoring service, a person must consider why the service is needed. This will provide a ballpark idea of how much money will be spent in providing that care. Some insurance companies may honor remote cardiac monitoring, but only as a referral or only when certain parameters are met in a person’s continuing health. Find out what the specific rules are before purchasing or even trying out any equipment in order to avoid financial or insurance problems. Service availability varies from company to company, but ideally finding one that offers services all day and night every day of the year. The main point of having cardiac event monitoring is to create a peace of mind that no matter what happens and where a person is, care is provided. When evaluating different companies to provide this service, carefully evaluate the period of time a person has to get services as well as the amount of time services are available. This will determine the best flexibility for a variety of patients. Careful attention should be paid to the type of insurance most patients have in order to make the best decision for them. Consider the overall out-of-pocket cost of the service and equipment for the patients as well as the variety of services offered.

Some companies sell equipment while others rent it. Either option is beneficial, but only depending on the specific situation. Sometimes people only need the service for a couple of months, therefore purchasing equipment doesn’t make much sense. On the other hand, if long term service is needed, rental may end up costing more. The best thing to do is to give patients as many choices as possible when offering cardiac event monitoring services. In addition to the choice of whether to buy or rent, is the choice in types of equipment available. There are five types of devices: Noncontinuous devices with memory, Continuous “memory loop” devices, Implantable continuous “memory loop” devices, Auto-triggered Devices, and Mobile Outpatient Cardiac Telemetry. Noncontinuous devices with memory are very simple and limiting devices, but get the job done as long as the patient is capable of resetting the device during and after incident. Continuous memory loop devices offer a more complex system which will track even the smallest arrhythmias. Implantable continuous memory loop devices offer a longer term option for patients with infrequent abnormalities and can be worn for over a year. This type of remote cardiac monitoring is surgically placed under the skin for continuous recording over the long term. Auto-triggered devices are available to automatically call for help when heart rate reaches one extreme or another. Mobile outpatient cardiac telemetry offers the assurance that the patients physician will be contacted immediately if a problem occurs. This enables the responding doctors to treat the patient appropriately and quickly. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

There are many ways to treat a heart condition while undergoing careful supervision through a doctors care. Change in diet and exercise plan as well as the reduction of stress and harmful environmental factors can aid in the overall healing and accurate reading of remote cardiac monitoring. If life stays consistent and optimal for a healthy heart, more accurate readings can be recorded thus leading to a more accurate diagnosis of underlying problems such as genetic disposition and abnormalities caused by injury or infection. Starting an exercise, under doctor supervision, increases the body’s strength to fight off infection as well as create a better environment for overall body system function. Changes in diet might include the reduction of trans fats, sodium, and refined sugar. These items should be replaced with fresh foods including items high in omega-3 fatty acid, protein, and vitamin C. Though dietary changes may be hard, focus on the alternative (heart attack or worse) should motivate anyone toward making specific changes. Implementing exercise into daily life does not have to be extreme, in fact it probably shouldn’t be, but a personal trainer or even the cardiologist who suggested remote cardiac monitoring may offer up a good plan starting from wherever a person is, even if the person has never exercised in their life. The success of any life change is dependent on the support system a person develops along the way. This may include friends, people in the same life situation, and family. There are different types of support offered by all these groups of people. Some offer moral support, while others offer knowledge and resources. Any type of support is good, but concentration on the type of support each is boosts their individual success for the patient. An overall balance of cardiac event monitoring, lifestyle changes, and good support will lead anyone to better health.