ecg devices help you detect arrhythmias and provide clues about heart damage. You can also use them to detect reduced blood flow and oxygenation of the heart muscle. They can even tell if you have an enlarged heart or other heart defects.
Small sticky dots (electrodes) and wire leads are placed on the chest, arms and legs. A machine converts the tracing into a graph that your doctor can examine. It takes only a few minutes to do. A technician may shave or trim body hair to ensure the electrodes stick closely to the skin. Some machines also record information about your name and other identifying details, which your doctor can print out for you.
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Mobile ECG devices are portable and can be used anywhere. This is helpful for patients who may need to take a reading during work or when travelling, such as when monitoring for Long QT Syndrome. They can also be useful in detecting an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a serious type of heart attack caused by one of the heart’s major arteries becoming blocked.
Look for a device that’s easy to set up, use and interpret. This will help improve compliance and overall health outcomes. It’s also important to consider the maximum recording duration of a device. The longer the recording duration, the more likely it is to capture any symptomatic arrhythmias. Several devices allow you to share readings with doctors via email or phone. Some even have a feature that allows you to store previous recordings, so you can review them later.