CMS Holter Devices and Event Monitors

18 Apr

Cardiac Monitoring Services provides doctors’ offices and other medical facilities with a number of heart monitoring devices and technologies. Cardiac Monitoring Services operates out of Irvine, California.

Medical professionals in and around Irvine, California, can enlist Cardiac Monitoring Services (CMS) for two unique heart monitoring devices, both of which are provided free of charge. The Holter device is worn by a patient for anywhere from one to seven days; during this time, the Holter device records each individual heartbeat. After this period the device can be returned by the doctor for in-depth analysis.

Alternately, the event monitor is worn for a substantially longer stretch of time; a patient given an event monitor may be instructed to wear the device for multiple weeks. In general, however, they are advised to wear it for about 30 days, though doctors may lengthen that period if they feel it is in a patient’s best interest. As with the Holter device, the event monitor is returned by the patient’s doctor after the trial and analyzed by Cardiac Monitoring Services.

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CAD and Heart Attacks as Causes of Heart Failure

11 Mar

Cardiac Monitoring Services is an Irvine, California, company that provides heart monitoring equipment to local medical facilities at no charge. The devices carried by Cardiac Monitoring Services can be worn by a patient for one day or more than a month and may help prevent a heart condition from progressing to complete heart failure.

Every hour, 60 Americans die as a result of heart failure. This serious health issue can occur as the result of various conditions. Coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attacks are two of the best-known examples of physical events that lead to heart failure. A person living with CAD experiences a decrease in blood flow to the heart muscle. When the arteries become severely or fully blocked, the heart will be starved of oxygen and critical nutrients, eventually succumbing to failure.

A heart attack can happen for several reasons, including CAD. When all or part of the heart muscle is removed from its oxygen source, the muscle will become damaged and scarred. Whether the heart attack is moderate or severe, the muscle will be permanently damaged and cease to function properly. A heart attack can also be brought about due to unusually high levels of stress placed upon the heart, including both physical and psychological stress.

An Overview of Sleep Apnea

13 Sep

Cardiac Monitoring Services,  provides cardiograph equipment to more than 4,000 doctors’ offices throughout the United States. Offering both equipment and results analysis to physicians, the company facilitates more than 12,000 diagnostic tests each year. Equipment available through Cardiac Monitoring Services, includes the Holter monitor, which provides continuous recording of cardiovascular activities. Patients can wear the Holter monitor for up to seven days, and its data can indicate a number of conditions, including sleep apnea.

A sleep disorder marked by pauses in breathing, sleep apnea occurs in two distinct types. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form, typically occurring when soft tissue collapses at the back of the throat, blocking the airway. On the other hand, central sleep apnea does not involve a physical blockage in the airway. Instead, it is caused by the brain’s failure to signal muscles that are crucial to the breathing process.

Males and individuals who are overweight are more likely to experience sleep apnea. Additional risk factors include being over 40 years of age, having a large tongue or tonsils, and having gastroesophageal reflux disease. Nasal obstruction caused by allergies or a deviated septum may also trigger the disorder.

When undiagnosed or untreated, sleep apnea may decrease an individual’s ability to focus on tasks at work or school, due to its effect on sleep quality. Sleep apnea may also cause such serious health conditions as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure.

An Introduction to Heart Arrhythmia

29 Aug

For more than 20 years, Cardiac Monitoring Services has aided the diagnosis of a number of heart conditions by providing monitoring equipment and results analysis services. Cardiac Monitoring Services offers the Holter heart monitor, a device that records all cardiac activity for up to seven days. The data collected from these recordings can be used to generate a signal-averaged electrocardiogram, a form of diagnostic imaging used to detect arrhythmia.

An arrhythmia occurs when the heart beats with an abnormal rhythm. Heartbeat irregularities can prevent the heart from pumping blood correctly throughout the body, potentially causing damage to other organs. As there are many ways in which a person’s heart may beat irregularly, an arrhythmia can occur in many forms.

When an arrhythmia causes the heart to beat too slowly, the condition is called bradycardia. Bradycardia is typically marked by a heart rate lower than 60 beats per minute (BPM); however, the BPM threshold for a problematic heart rate varies, depending on a patient’s age and physical fitness. The same is true for tachycardia, which occurs when a patient’s heart beats too fast, typically with a BPM higher than 100. Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia that presents as an irregular or “quivering” heartbeat. Some patients describe this condition as feeling like the heart is skipping beats or banging against the chest cavity, while others do not experience any symptoms at all.

Qualifications for Certified Cardiographic Technician Examination

6 Aug

Based in Irvine, California, Cardiac Monitoring Services facilitates the detection of heart conditions for health professionals across the country. Cardiac Monitoring Services offers technology for both short-term and long-term heart monitoring, providing both equipment and results summaries to physicians. The company’s technicians have substantial experience in the field, each maintaining qualifications as a certified cardiographic technician (CCT).

Individuals can earn the CCT designation from Cardiovascular Credentialing International. A non-profit organization, it has administered credential examinations since 1968 and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

To qualify for the CCT examination, one must have a high school or general education diploma. Additionally, applicants must fulfill at least one of four educational or occupational requirements before sitting for the exam. Individuals who are currently enrolled in, or have already graduated from, a cardiovascular health training program may submit proof of enrollment or completion to qualify for the exam. The same verification requirements apply to those having an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study.

Occupational experience can also serve as a qualification for the CCT exam. Individuals with current or prior employment history related to cardiovascular technology are eligible to take the exam upon submitting a recent employment verification letter. Applicants who have volunteered in the field for at least two years may also take the test, if they have two years of documented technical experience.

The Event Monitor – Cardiac Monitoring Services

30 Jul

Offering its heart monitoring devices to medical facilities and physicians in the Irvine, California, area free of charge, Cardiac Monitoring Services works to provide medical professionals and patients with state-of-the-art clinical technology. Pioneered by Cardiac Monitor Services,  both devices are comfortable, non-invasive monitors that can be worn for more than 24 hours.

The Event monitor, for example, can be worn for more than 30 days. Unlike the company’s other monitor, the Event monitor records heart information only when symptoms occur. Ideal for patients who do not experience symptoms like dizziness, palpitations, chest pain, or other symptoms every day, the Event monitor is attached directly to the patient’s chest and activated when he or she presses a button. After the recommended period, the data from the monitor is securely transferred to the company, where a report is compiled and sent back to the physician or medical facility within 24 hours and can be sent STAT upon request.

PACs and PVCs Can Be Diagnosed with a Portable Monitor

11 Jul

Cardiac Monitoring Services provides physicians and patients with innovative heart-monitoring devices. The portable heart monitors featured by Cardiac Monitoring Services arm doctors with accurate, continuous data that enable them to provide the best treatment to patients with irregular heartbeats and other cardiac conditions. One of the conditions sometimes monitored in this way is the arrhythmia known as premature beats.

Usually, premature beats are generally innocuous and therefore do not produce symptoms. However, when symptoms do appear, they do so in the form of a skipped beat or a kind of fluttering. In healthy people, this common arrhythmia typically does not need to be treated.

If the beats take place in the upper chambers of the heart, or the atria, then they are classified as PACs, short for premature atrial contractions. If the beats take place in the lower chambers of the heart, or the ventricles, they are referred to as PVCs, or premature ventricular contractions.

While PACs and PVCs typically occur naturally, they can be precipitated by heart disease too. When they result from disease, a heart monitor is used to diagnose and assess the irregular heartbeat. Too much stress or exercise or the consumption of too much caffeine are often responsible for premature beats as well.