Stroke is a deadly emergency. Even if you can survive from stroke, serious complications can affect your life. Therefore, finding out how to prevent stroke is of vital importance. This time, the article will present a new way to help fend off stroke – heart monitoring.
Abnormal heart rhythm can trigger a stroke
According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of 5 people who have a stroke for the first time have atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a condition when your heart experiences abnormal, rapid beating of the left upper chamber (atrium). The contractions of the heart become weaker than normal contractions. This can cause blood to pool and blood clots can form. If one blood clot or more go into the brain, stroke can happen. Thus, people with atrial fibrillation are at a higher risk of stroke.
Some people with atrial fibrillation report no symptom, some people may experience chest pain, feeling of fluttering in the area above the heart, lightheadedness, fainting, dizziness, tiredness, weakness, or shortness of breath.
What is a heart monitor?
A heart monitor is a special device that is used to record your heart rhythm. Small conducting patches are stuck onto your skin covering your heart. These patches are attached by wires to a portable recording monitor. This monitor can be put in a pocket.
The heart monitor can be worn during normal activities. The device will record your heart’s electrical activity. Doctors will ask you to keep a diary of what you do while you are wearing the monitor, and how you feel about your health. After a period of time, doctors will read your diary and check if the heart rhythm is normal.
A heart monitor can help detect the cause of stroke
As told, people with abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation) have an increased chance of having a stroke.
Wearing a heart monitor can help detect atrial fibrillation earlier and better. It records your heart beats and checks if there is any irregular rhythm. Then doctors can suggest proper treatment and stroke prevention therapy. That means more strokes, complications, and deaths can be reduced.
Doctors may ask you to wear the heart monitor for 24 to 48 hours while you are doing normal activities. But atrial fibrillation is hard to be detected. There are several different episodes. The episodes that involve abnormal heart rhythms may come and go before you or your doctor can know. Some studies have shown that some patients may need their heart beat recorded much longer to find out irregular rhythms.
A research has found a new heart monitor called Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM). This device can be implantable. Because it can stay inside the patient’s body for several days, it can detect irregular heart rhythms better. Every abnormal sign showing up while the patient wearing this device can be recorded. The Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
A new heart monitoring can detect the cause of some types of strokes so it can help reduce your risk for this medical emergency. Therefore, the increased use of heart monitoring may help modern medicine controls stroke better.
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Review Date: May 26, 2017 | Last Modified: May 26, 2017
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