Heart Monitoring : A Cardiac Event Recorder

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Heart Monitor A cardiac event recorder, also known as a heart monitor, has an important role in our society. Heart disease causes approximately 610,000 deaths in the United States alone per year. This could be due to many factors but the deadliest one is the American diet. Another has to do with age. As our aging population grows along with the average life span, so does heart disease. The heart monitor helps doctors and those who use it, give crucial indicators, such as if the heart is getting enough oxygen or if the implanted pacemaker is working correctly. I have a strong interest in cardiology because our aging population will cause an increased need for doctors, specifically cardiologists, so there will be a need for the…show more content…
It only measures the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat. By comparison, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) produces a more detailed report. Around ten electrodes are used in comparison to a regular heart monitor, which only uses three. It measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat. Every beat produces an electrical impulse that travels through the heart. The impulses cause the heart muscle to contract and pump blood. The electrocardiogram provides evidence of the flow of blood to the heart muscles. An electrode is placed on each arm and leg and six are across the chest. Each signal is received from the electrode and recorded. The print version of the recordings is called the electrocardiogram. A doctor can see how long the wave takes to pass through the heart by measuring time intervals on the ECG. This would tell the doctor the speed of the electrical activity and if its irregular or not. Second, the doctor may find out if parts of the heart are stressed or too big. There are cardiac event recorders that don 't require one to place electrodes on the chest. Instead, they can be held or worn around the wrist. However, these are mainly used for fitness purposes. There are buttons to start recording when one feels any symptoms. We can thank Norman Holter (1914-1983) and Bruce Del Mar (1913-Present) for developing the heart monitor. In collaboration, they developed the Holter Monitor Test. It is a device that

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