What features are offered in the different event recorders?
These are the basic types of cardiac event monitors. Cardiac event monitors are prescribed by a physician or practitioner (Advanced Practice Nurse, Physician’s Assistant) according to the individual needs of each patient. Event monitors may be stocked in the physician’s office for use with AMI exclusively, or sent to the patient directly.
Heartrak II Monitor
Looping-Memory Event Recorders
Looping-Memory Event Recorders are worn by a patient over a period designated by their physician, usually not exceeding 30 days. The patient wears two electrodes on their chest. These are connected to the monitor that they wear on their belt or waistband or carry in a shirt pocket.
When the patient feels symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations, lightheadedness or other symptoms which may suggest the possibility of a disturbance in the heart rate or rhythm, the patient activates the recorder by pressing a button on the monitor. The monitor saves a "snapshot" of the heartbeat, showing the EKG both just before and just after the patient activated the recorder.
Auto-Trigger Event Monitors for Atrial Fibrillation
Auto-Trigger Event Monitors for Atrial Fibrillation automatically record tachycardia, bradycardia and pauses in heart rate based on the physician or group practice's pre-defined heart rate standards, and can be adjusted on a patient-by-patient basis. THe patient is also able to record an event if he or she has symptoms.
Once an event is recorded, the patient contacts AMI Cardiac Monitoring, Inc. to download the ECG tracing.
Non-Looping (Chest plate) Event Recorders
Non-Looping (Chest plate) Event Recorders are kept with a patient for up to 30 days, and are placed directly on the chest by the patient at the time they experience symptoms. A recording of up to 90 seconds can be made with this credit card sized recorder.