These devices are used to diagnose cardiac diseases like atrial fibrillation and heart failure. The latest wearable and wireless heart-monitoring technologies can replace Holter monitor in the market. For decades, the bulky holter monitor laden with wires and electrodes are worn by patients for one or two days constantly to record arrhythmias. These wearable and wireless devices enables the patient to do their daily activities like sleeping, showering freely.
AliveCor’s Mobile ECG, can be connected to smart phones and is easily available in pharmacies. ECG reading can be obtained from the device by just placing it on the chest or placing two or more fingers on the electrodes. An app can be downloaded, through which the heart reading are sent to the company’s cloud, where a patient’s cardiologist can go through the ECG.
The Zio patch designed by iRhythm Technologies not only captures ECG but also continuous heartbeat. The device can detect more arrhythmias in comparison to a Holter monitor. The device is water resistant and can be worn easily by patient up to 14 days. The data gathered from two weeks of monitoring is condensed into a report and uploaded into cloud by company which the physician can access anytime.
Medtronic Seeq Mobile Cardiac Telemetry System provides monitoring up to 30 days. The device is wearable and is connected via Bluetooth or cellular network to a monitoring center of Medtronic, which collects and processes the information and sends to respective physicians.
St. Jude Medical’s Cardio MEMS HF System is an implantable wireless device which is FDA-approved and can be used to monitor heart failure. The coin sized implantable sensor gives the fluid buildup reading in the heart which indicates heart failure. For getting a daily reading, the patient lies in supine position, with head resting on pillow with electronic system, which receives signal from sensor and sends it to physician via internet.
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