Info about EndoPAT®

  • Monitoring your Heart’s Condition Following a Heart Attack
    If you have suffered a heart attack you stand at much greater risk for having another, possibly fatal, heart attack.  Any heart condition can create devastating consequences that may affect the quality and pleasure in your life. Monitoring your heart’s condition, and becoming aware of the steps you can take, could help to ward off and prevent the possibility of a repeat attack.  Following a heart attack, your medical support team will implement techniques for monitoring your heart’s activity. The measurement of your vital statistics will assist the medical staff by providing important data during and following your hospital stay.

    Methods for Monitoring
    Your doctor may opt continue to monitor your heart’s activity once you have been discharged from the hospital. Information that is collected can be used to assess your progress and rate of recovery. This information may also help to determine the extent of your heart problems and physical limitations. This data allows your doctor to develop an appropriate program for rehabilitation during your recovery.

    • The Holter Monitor – Often referred to as “the Holter”, the monitor is an ambulatory electrocardiography portable device designed to measure the cardiovascular system’s electrical activity over a period of time. The duration is at the minimum a day, while it may last up to several weeks. The Holter is able to monitor both the activity of the heart, electrocardiography (ECG/EKG), and brain activity, electroencephalography (EEG). Since activity is monitored over an extended period of time, cardiac arrhythmias can also be measured. An advantage of the Holter monitor is that it is portable. Patients who have experienced a heart attack can wear the device for a period of several weeks in order to determine the nature of more transitory symptoms.
      Additionally, the Holter is able to monitor the heart’s electrical signals via electrodes that are fastened to the chest area. The position and total number of electrodes will vary depending on the type of Holter monitor that is used.  The electrodes from the Holter are then attached to a small device that can then be worn by the patient. Data is then recorded and logged during the time that the monitoring implement is in place.

    Echocardiography and Electrocardiography
    Both electrocardiography (used in devices such as the Holter) and echocardiography are monitoring methods used to measure the heart’s activity and to determine the nature of heart problems following an attack. These two systems provide non-surgical, painless procedures for monitoring your heart’s activity. They differ in what is measured. The electrocardiograph monitors the heart’s electrical impulses, thereby providing a record of cardiovascular activity over time. The echocardiogram monitors heart activity through the use of ultrasound, thereby providing a visual representation of the heart. These images can be used to detect any potential problems and damage.

    Monitoring your Health
    Management of your overall health may require the use of a monitoring system. Whatever method your medical team selects, you can be assured that these state-of-the-art procedures provide reliable methods for monitoring your heart’s condition following a heart attack.