Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists
Cardiology & Vascular Specialists located in Las Vegas, NV
The cardiac experts at Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists in Las Vegas use internal and external outpatient telemetry monitoring to track your heart health at home, the grocery store, or anywhere else your day leads. Those who require this service can experience life-saving benefits from cardiac monitoring. Schedule a visit at Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists today, where all your cardiac needs are addressed with the most effective cardiology care available in a welcoming, professional environment. Call the office or book your appointment online.
Internal and External Telemetry Monitoring Q & A
What is outpatient cardiac telemetry monitoring?
Outpatient or home-based cardiac telemetry takes place outside of the hospital or doctor’s office. It uses computer technology to capture data related to your heart’s rate and rhythm over extended periods.
Wires placed painlessly, either externally or internally, pick up the electrical impulses generated naturally by your heart as it beats. Telemetry records the timing and strength of these signals as they travel through your heart. Depending on the system, this data may be stored for later interpretation or transmitted in real time to the “cloud.”
With external telemetry, you’ll wear a small device that collects the information. Implantable loop recorders (internal cardiac monitors) are small electrophysiology devices used for long-term monitoring of your heart’s electrical activity. They can be left in place for up to three years, require only a minor outpatient surgery, and transmit information directly to your cardiologist nightly via the internet and wireless technology.
How do I benefit from cardiac telemetry?
Persistently rapid, abnormally slow, or chaotic/fluttering heartbeats can indicate serious issues, including:
- A current heart attack or scarring from a previous event
- Blocked arteries
- Changes in your heart’s structure, such as an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy)
The data gathered during telemetry can alert your cardiologist to how well or how poorly your heart beats during activities, at rest, and essentially every moment of the day. It can also capture details about your heart rhythm when you feel palpitations, shortness of breath, and other concerning symptoms.
Your cardiologist may recommend telemetry to:
- Help diagnose a cardiac problem
- Monitor your heart’s health and function after a heart attack
- Determine how well you’re responding to treatment for a known cardiac issue
Long-term monitoring can also help your cardiologist identify a problem and then provide adequate preventive care if you’re at risk for cardiac-related issues, such as a stroke.
How is telemetry different than an EKG?
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is an abbreviated form of telemetry. The typical EKG lasts just a few moments. This limits its effectiveness since you may not be experiencing arrhythmia at the time of the test. Cardiac telemetry monitors your heart’s electrical activity for days, weeks, or months – even years in the case of internal loop recorders.
Schedule a visit today at Advanced Heart & Vascular Specialists for all your heart health needs. Call the office or book your appointment online.