NEW YORK (Ivanhoe Newswire)
Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition in which the heart beats fast or flutters, resulting in an irregular heartbeat. Up to six million Americans have the disease, and the CDC thinks that number will double by 2030. Now, a new device allows doctors to monitor patients in real time, even when the patient is sick. that’s at home.
The last thing Misel Mirdita expected was heart disease at the age of 37, but last year, he started showing symptoms that his wife, Kristen Fable, wouldn’t let him ignore.
“It will be like a cold sweat, followed by dizziness and chest pain. I can not breathe. My heart rate sometimes fluctuates between 160 and 180,” explains Mirdita.
“When we went to urgent care, he felt really bad. And then they took him straight to the ER,” his wife said.
Doctors suspected Mirdita had AFib. Jossef Amirian, MD, a board-certified cardiologist of Manhattan Cardiology, wants to use a portable telemetry heart monitor, or MCT, to monitor him. This is a new system called Bioflux.
“The Bioflux is a monitor, with three leads, that rests on the patient’s chest,” explains Dr. Amirian.
The leads transmit signals into a portal that alerts doctors to abnormal rhythms in real time.
Dr. Amirian explains, “Being aware of that irregular rhythm is extremely important. It can completely change the way patients are looked at and managed, can make all the difference.”
Mirdita turned on her heart monitor and just a few hours later…
“We received a phone call. It was like, 11 o’clock at night. We were in bed, and we were like, who’s calling us? “The fable says.
Bioflux picked up a severe, irregular rhythm, and Mirdita’s doctor recommended amputation to block Afib.
“We went in for surgery on Friday, and he went back to work on Monday,” explains Fable.
“Now I feel like a boy again. I feel much better,” said Mirdita cheerfully.
Patients wear Bioflux for an average of four days, 24 hours a day, even while sleeping. Doctors say that interval allows them to detect any irregularities in the heartbeat. Traditional heart monitors record the heart rate, but the electrocardiogram and other heart data must be read by a medical professional after the fact.
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