Your physician is focused on to making informed diagnoses. He or she will ask you questions, conduct examinations and order tests that provide the cues and data necessary to make the best decisions for your health.
It should be noted, however, that these questions, examinations and tests all have inherent limitations. First, they typically are done in-person. So while they provide crucial snapshots of your health, they’re unable to deliver the full-spectrum of data. They also rely on you, the patient, to accurately describe your symptoms. If you’ve never experienced any symptoms or your symptoms are not clearly identifiable as a cardiac condition, it can be difficult for your doctor to diagnose you accurately.
This is where cardiac diagnostic monitoring comes into play. Instead of a snapshot, your physician will be able to view accurate diagnostic data directly from your heart on a 24/7 basis.
GETTING AN ICM
To enable cardiac diagnostic monitoring of your heart, your physician may recommend an insertable cardiac monitor (ICM), a small monitoring device placed under your skin, directly above your heart. The entire procedure takes only 10 minutes.
The good news is that top-quality monitors conform to the shape of your body. This means it’s less noticeable and much more comfortable than older, less sophisticated models. Plus, you won’t have to deal with the cables and skin attachments that are common with external monitors.
HOW IT WORKS
Once your ICM procedure is complete and your in-home transmitter has been set up, the transmitter automatically sends relevant data to your physician every day. The most common conditions an ICM helps physicians diagnose are cardiac arrhythmia (deviations to your heart’s regular cadence) and unexplained syncope (losing consciousness).
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSISTENCY
The in-home transmitter sends communications to a website every day, which your physician can easily view. This is important because it:
- Allows your physician to get near real-time data on your heart
- Helps your physician effectively manage your heart condition and determine the best course of care
- Makes it easier to detect abnormal heart rhythms and other problems
- Lowers the chance of an ER visit
- Gives you peace of mind
Talk to your doctor about how an ICM could impact your care plan. While the benefits are significant, there are also some risks that you should be aware. By carefully consulting with a trusted healthcare professional, you can make the best decision for your long-term health.