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I'm on an event monitor for one full month. Doesn't it monitor my heart constantly not just when I press the event button?

I'm on an event monitor for one full month. Doesn't it monitor my heart constantly not just when I press the event button?

Heart monitor: Most monitors record continuously but allow the patient to label when they feel they are experience an event so the doctor can try to correlate the heart findings with the patient's symptoms. ...Read more

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Do all 30 day event monitors for your heart continuously record or do they only record when you press the button to record a symptom?

Do all 30 day event monitors for your heart continuously record or do they only record when you press the button to record a symptom?

Variable: They are not all alike. All will record when you press the button which makes sense for correlating troublesome symptoms with your heart rhythm. Most units will also automatically record if it detects certain abnormal rhythms for which it is programmed, even if you're not aware of them. ...Read more

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Would a heart attack show up on a 30 day event monitor?

Would a heart attack show up on a 30 day event monitor?

It would show up on: An EKG and even blood panel looking at enzymes specific for the heart! So, it can show up within minutes of a heart attack. A 30-day doppler monitor will show abnormal cardiac rhythms. So, if a heart attack is suspected, this is not the fastest way to check it out. However if you have palpitations, and unusual rhythms or such and wanted to correlate it with your symptoms, it will pick that up. ...Read more

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How sensitive is a 48hr heart monitor if you DO have all symptoms/events during the recording? Can they miss things?

How sensitive is a 48hr heart monitor if you DO have all symptoms/events during the recording? Can they miss things?

Ought to detect: IF you truly had sxs, and they were long enough, in other words no delay in recording them, the Holter monitor really ought to have picked up your SVT/PACS or VPCs or whatever your palpitations were. Then again, no test is 100% accurate. See an electrophysiologist for a second opinion if the UK healthcare system permits that. In AMerica you would probably get an implantable loop recorder next. ...Read more

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Experiencing fluttering in my heart, skipped beats and discomfort in my chest for over a month & event monitor results were ok but it won't stop?

Experiencing fluttering in my heart, skipped beats and discomfort in my chest for over a month & event monitor results were ok but it won't stop?

Palpitations: How long did you have the event monitor for? Usually cardiac monitors are worn for a 24- hr period but if you are still symptomatic then it is possible some beats were missed. It may be advisable to wear the monitor for up to a month. Also, ensure that your primary doctor has checked blood work and performed a physical exam. Best of luck :) ...Read more

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I'm 21 and have been v ill with suspected pots diagnosis. Heart tests normal but getting event monitor. Was suggested I push myself. Will go for a short very accompanied walk but prob pass out. Safe?

I'm 21 and have been v ill with suspected pots diagnosis. Heart tests normal but getting event monitor. Was suggested I push myself. Will go for a short very accompanied walk but prob pass out. Safe?

POTS & exercise: If you have had formal autonomic testing to confirm pots diagnosis, then in general, exercise is recommended. If you are still awaiting event monitor, I would wait to see if different diagnosis. There are treatments and graded exercise programs that can be used safely in physical therapy with experienced trainers for pots. Go to mayo website, I think still discussed there.. ...Read more

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My Holter Monitor showed 1596 Bradycardia events (under 50 bpm) in 48 hours and 2356 pauses between 2.02-2.5 seconds. Lowest Heart rate was 27.

My Holter Monitor showed 1596 Bradycardia events (under 50 bpm) in 48 hours and 2356 pauses between 2.02-2.5 seconds. Lowest Heart rate was 27.

Talk to cardiology: I am assuming that you have symptomatic bradycardia, and that was the reason you had a Holter study done. Now, I don't know how long your HR stayed at 27, but even 40 is too low. This isn't something that can wait, call your doctor and develop an action plan today. If after hours ask to speak to the on call doc for that office. ...Read more

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So did the last of my "anxiety testing" ultrasound on my heart and event monitor doctors arnt concerned, are those enough tests to know hearts fine.

For the most part: A normal heart ultrasound (echocardiogram) and a normal event monitor in a 21-year-old are good indications the heart is normal. There are more advanced tests that can be done (e.g. Tee, ep study, angio), but no need for these if being done solely for "anxiety testing". ...Read more

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What can cause a brief episode of V Tach in a 24yo adult? Structurally normal heart (by echo) & no arrhythmias (by 30day event monitor). K lvl was 3.2

What can cause a brief episode of V Tach in a 24yo adult? Structurally normal heart (by echo) & no arrhythmias (by 30day event monitor). K lvl was 3.2

A sick sinus node: 24 is young to have heart problems unless it runs in your family. Cocaine, amphetamines, and some medications can cause vtach. A strong disalva reflex from straining due to constipation or getting hit in the solo plexus can cause arrthymias. Vtach often requires medical attention and shocking the heart back to a normal rhythm. Electrolyte imbalances can cause arrthymias ...Read more

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How does a 30 day event monitor determine the diff. Between movement and irregular heart beat?

How does a 30 day event monitor determine the diff. Between movement and irregular heart beat?

Different patterns:: So-called "movement artifacts" don't change the spacing of the qrs spikes and the t waves that follow, and arrhythmia does. ...Read more

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I've been having pain/cramping in my left calf after laying down. Is this anything to do with my heart? I'm on a 30 day event monitor for my heart.

I've been having pain/cramping in my left calf after laying down. Is this anything to do with my heart? I'm on a 30 day event monitor for my heart.

No: It has nothing to do with your heart - mostly likely you're having common nocturnal leg cramps - can happen with dehydration, diuresis, and overstretch/overuse. Try walking until they resolve. At the first sign of return, "flex your toes in the direction of your nose" (ie bend your foot upward) to immediately relieve the cramp. Everyone gets nocturnal leg cramps sometimes. ...Read more

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My pulse is b/t 75-150 always! I've had multiple ekgs. 30 day event monitor, 2 holter monitors & heart ultra sound! All normal. Why is this?

Fast heart rate: Would make sure you had your thyroid checked as well as any thing else that could drive up your heart rate ie caffeine otc cold medications. There is a rare condition called inappropriate sinus tachycardia but see a cardiologist first. ...Read more