What is Holter monitoring?

A Holter monitor is a small electrocardiogram (ECG) device that measures the activity of your heart continuously over a set period of time and can pick up the rate and rhythm of the heart. It can detect if there are any irregularities with the heartbeat and feeds this data back to health professionals, who can use it to diagnose potential heart conditions, such as atrial fibrillation. 

The main benefit of Holter monitoring at home with a wireless device from Vitapulse Health, when compared to regular ECGs taken in hospital or by ambulance staff, is that it provides readings over a sustained period of time as you go about your normal daily activities. This means that it’s more likely to pick up any issues that might display intermittently or only when you carry out certain parts of your normal routine and lifestyle, without you needing to stay in hospital for the duration of the tests. Holter monitoring with Vitapulse Health means that you don’t have to join a waiting list for the test, so can be checked out and receive your results within days of your order.

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What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition that causes the heart to beat irregularly, which means that it isn’t pushing blood around the body as efficiently as it should. Sometimes the AF is only temporary, lasting just a few days. However, for other people, AF can be persistent over a long period of time or permanent. 

AF can be a sign of problems with the heart function that can cause death, strokes, heart failure and vascular dementia if the AF is not treated effectively. 

AF is known to contribute to around 20% of strokes and in the UK, someone suffers from an AF-related stroke every 18 minutes. Effective diagnosis and treatment of AF could help prevent around 150,000 people from suffering heart attacks, dementia and strokes.

Symptoms of atrial fibrillation can include:

Tiredness

Intermittent chest pains

Feeling dizzy or faint

Shortness of breath

Heart palpitations (where you’re aware of your heartbeat)

Some people with AF don’t experience any symptoms at all, and some may only experience mild symptoms.

There are various treatments for AF, depending on the specific circumstances involved. The sooner that the right treatment can be commenced, the higher the chances of successful outcomes and the prevention of more serious health conditions from developing.

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