Sep 23, 2021Monitored

Monitored. Today I had a stress echocardiogram and was fitted with a wireless Holter monitor. Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

My heart has been acting up the past couple of months, with some occasional AFIB and palpitations.

I’ve invested in a new watch with a built-in FDA-approved heart monitor and ECG recording. I also have a new cardiologist who is much more in line with my way of thinking. This is, let’s check what’s going on and treat what we find, rather than my previous cardiologist’s approach of applying a rule of thumb and medicating just in case.

Today I had a stress echocardiogram and was fitted with a wireless Holter monitor, to see if we can catch my heart doing things it shouldn’t be doing. With the time I’ve been putting in on the treadmill recently, the stress test was okay. Of course, my heart worked flawlessly during the session. That’s both good and bad!

The monitor is only for 24 hours, so I doubt we’ll catch anything, which is why I bought the watch to monitor 24×7 and capture things in the middle of the night when my heart has sometimes hit a very unhealthy 200+BPM.

Postscript

There were some minor palpitations but nothing extreme, so it’s a matter of keeping on with my current medications and monitoring any changes. Well, that’s why I spent the cash on my new watch.

Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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