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JudyKol, July 11,  2020  2:49pm EST

30 day cardiac event recorder

Am wearing a cardiac event monitor for 30 days and the machine records abnormalities two ways. I can either press a button to start the ECG when feeling a symptom or the machine wil detect an abnormality and start the recording. The machine has detected abnormailites several times a day when I have had no symptoms. Typically before wearing this, I detect every little change in my heart.

Just wondering if anyone else has had experience with this type orf recorder and wondering what the machine is capable of recording. I am def not in AFIB as I recognize the symptom of AFIB and my apple watch has not detected AFIB either since wearing the holter. So, I am just wondering if it is "normal" to have the machine detect something so often



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  • CC354
    CC354, July 11,  2020  3:20pm EST

    HI Judy, 

    I have paroxysmal afib and have had the 30 day monitor twice in the last 10 years, prior to my ablation. I too was surprised it picked up "events" that I did not feel. Once the service called me in the evening because an event recorded at a "dangerous" level, and they were concerned about me! I don't remember what exactly happened,  but it was not aFib they were concerned with.at that time. I have no other heart problems, except a slighty enlarged left atrium due to years of aFib. The device also determined that I had many more aFib episodes than I realized, and that's why I felt so lousy. I believe the cardiac event recorded is more sensitive to aFib than the Apple watch. I now have an Apple watch and Kardia device (purchased after my ablation) just to monitor anytime I think something feels off.

    So to answer your question, the event recorder I had monitored and detected any other extraordinary events besides aFib. 


  • JudyKol
    JudyKol, July 11,  2020  6:31pm EST

    Thank you CC354 for taking the time to respond. That is interesting about not realizing you had more AFIB episodes then you thought. It might indeed explain my fatigue. I have been rationalizing that it is the extreme heat, my longer bike rides, not enough sleep, the meds, etc. I guess I will find out at the months end

    I do have an Alive Cor as well, but both the Apple Watch and Alive Cor don't detect AFIB when the HR is lower then 50. My Dr said he doubts I would be in Afib with a HR lower then 50, but I am not so sure about that as I have many readings with both devices of AFIB and a HR of 55.

    My resting HR is in the low 40s.

    Would you kindly just clarify your last sentence? I suppose you meant the monitor deteced "many other"?

  • CC354
    CC354, July 11,  2020  7:47pm EST

    Yes, many other types of cardiac events.....

  • BethClark
    BethClark, July 12,  2020  7:00am EST

    I have worn a 30 day monitor myself. This was before my aFib diagnosis when they were trying to figure out what was causing some sudden palpatations I was having. I too got a call because my heart rate went up to 180 BPM all of a sudden. I had pushed the button in that case. It was a recorder that only sent the data if you pushed the data. Otherwise they looked at the data after you returned the device. They were able to determine from the recording of that event that it was a benign problem causing those palpatations. But I did start on metoprolol at the time because it would have been problematic if it occurred when I was driving. About 3 or 4 years later my first aFib episode occurred, at least the first that I knew about.

    I remember that there were a number of times when I pushed the button because I thought I felt some fluttering. I think that sometimes those ended up being nothing occurring at all.

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