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Are home doppler monitors a good investment?

Are home doppler monitors a good investment?

Not really: Opinions will differ, but with obstetric care, you have open access to your obstetrician, usually for an unlimited number of visits. If you want reassurance of the baby's heartbeat, i'd rather you come in to see me than make yourself nervous with a home monitor. If you do decide to get one, remember that finding the heartbeat, especially early on, is not necessarily easy. Don't go crazy. ...Read more

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Basic cardiac event monitor bought online. Any good?

Basic cardiac event monitor bought online. Any good?

Brand?: Brand and model? Generally, these aren't available for purchase to patients. They're expensive and usually lent by doctors' offices and hospitals. ...Read more

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Is INR meter (coagucheck system) good to buy?

Is INR meter (coagucheck system) good to buy?

IF on coumidine: If you are on blood thining medications and need to cheek inr , do not know if it is sold to general public. ...Read more

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Portable handheld ECG monitor, where to get this?

Portable handheld ECG monitor, where to get this?

Don't do it!!!: You are going to drive yourself nuts monitoring your heart. If you have had a consultation with a cardiologist and a minimal work up that is negative, monitoring heart is only going to feed your anxiety and make everything worse. Please place your energy in things that can make you healthier (don't smoke, eat well, loose weight and exercise) If you are taking medications, be compliant. Good luck! ...Read more

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Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Avoid wrist machines: Most home BP monitoring machines are good and usually fairly inexpensive, <$50. The ones that work on the upper arm are a bit more accurate than the wrist machines. Also, check your BP in both arms, there may be a significant difference. If more than 10 mmhg, you should get that checked out by a cardiologist. If not, use the arm with the higher of the two measurements. Check it at random times. ...Read more

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How come safety important when operating a dental xray equipment?

How come safety important when operating a dental xray equipment?

X-ray safety: No one, patient, doctor. Or staff should be exposed to unnecessarily ionizing radiation. There is a risk of it causing cancer. See: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/examsandtestdescriptions/imagingradiologytests/imaging-radiology-tests-rad-risk. ...Read more

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Looking at becoming an cardiac echo tech. Are there many jobs out there? Good schools in socal? Looking to make a decent living. Ekg tech maybe?

Looking at becoming an cardiac echo tech. Are there many jobs out there? Good schools in socal? Looking to make a decent living. Ekg tech maybe?

Good idea: An echo tech is a good job and can make a decent living. Ekg tech won't do much for you-it's not a sole position; you'd have to do other things and it doesn't pay. Consider school to become a pacemaker tech - they do very well and the demand for trained people is increasing as device use is on the rise. ...Read more

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Does the portables ultrasounds work?

Does the portables ultrasounds work?

Yes: Ultrasound technology has improved, and portable units are good for many routine applications. Larger units may be necessary for more specialized purposes. ...Read more

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Exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, echo doppler test--which is done first?

Exercise stress test, 24 hour holter monitor, echo doppler test--which is done first?

For what?: These tests provide different information and have different indications. Stress tests are to look for evidence to support a diagnosis of symptomatic blocked coronary arteries. Holtor is used to evaluate for dysthymia. Echocardiogram is useful to look at the heart valves and other features. Choosing the right test depends on what symptoms you are having. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a portable digital electrocardiography machine a must for every clinic?

Is a portable digital electrocardiography machine a must for every clinic?

No: Ecg's are readily available in many locations but not all clinics will have enough volume to justify having their own machine. For example, a gynecologist's office may order several ecg's per month while a clinic that does family practice may order several in a day. A cardiology clinic probably couldn't function without a way to do many many ecg's per day. ...Read more

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Do electronic health records bring down health care costs?

Not really: Unfortunately they only increase health care costs dramatically. While there are few undeniable benefits, the overall strain on the medical system is unsustainable. ...Read more

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Are dental partial plates a good investment for better health?

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Are dental partial plates a good investment for better health?

Worth the investment: However, for a more natural feel, many patients select a fixed bridges or dental implants to replace missing teeth. Consult with your dentist to find out which treatment is right for you. ...Read more

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How do heart monitors indicate important health issues?

How do heart monitors indicate important health issues?

Heart monitor: Most heart monitors record cardiac rhythm and can indicate what cardiac rhythm abnormalities if any are associated with simultaneously recorded symptoms. There are other forms of heart monitors but not enough space here to extend the discussion. ...Read more

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What technologies can help caregivers keep a loved one safe? Alarms? Motion detectors?

What technologies can help caregivers keep a loved one safe? Alarms? Motion detectors?

Elder safety: If you are asking about fall prevention, then it is not technology that helps. Try balance training exercises, maintain optimal eyesight & hearing, avoid drugs that cause dizziness or low blood pressure, ensure a safe home environment, treat problems that interrupt sleep and force you to get up at odd hours and so on & on.....! ...Read more

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Purchase home INR monitoring device without doctor's prescription, is this bad?

Purchase home INR monitoring device without doctor's prescription, is this bad?

Help is good: Who is going to prescribe and help you adjust the dose of your anticoagulant medication? Your doctor is your partner in this: why not include him/her? ...Read more

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Thinking of $$$ investment in myself - BLT Vanquish. Uses RF technology. Seems Safe and noninvasive. Thoughts /Feedback?

Thinking of $$$ investment in myself - BLT Vanquish. Uses RF technology. Seems Safe and noninvasive. Thoughts /Feedback?

It's BTL: BLT is a Bacon Lettuce Tomato sandwich.... Kidding aside, we do not give such advice on Health Tap Prime however I would be very careful about weight control or fat removal systems! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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24hour heart tape holter monitor results were satisfactory is this good or ok ?

Depends: Usually a physician orders a holter if you have palpitations. If you had palpitations during the holter recording and no abnormality is noted then that is a good thing. If your palpitations occur infrequently you might need a longer recording period using an event monitor. ...Read more