Despite my impressive turnaround, my cardiologists still wanted to be 110% sure that all is going good.
The echo cardio scan did they morning came back clear as you hopefully read in my miracle blog, things were looking good.
I appreciate he wants the best for me but I was still nervous the heart monitor would show some abnormalities.
Would the heart monitor re-diagnose me?
Throughout the last couple of months, my body and heart have been getting stronger.
We always have to listen to our bodies and we know/feel more what’s going on inside, more than the cardiologists.
Nevertheless, I, of course, agreed to wear it for a measly 24 hours. How bad could it be?
A mobile heart monitor is basically a small device that has five to six wires. Each wire is attached to a sticky patch. Patients wear it to monitor your heart activity for 24 hours. It is very similar to an EKG.
The only tricky bit with wearing this device, and if you’ve ever had an EKG or another heart monitor attached, you know they place a number of sticky pads around the heart.
It is not a friendly sticky gel or some other easy to remove stickers. We are talking high-grade medical glue designed not to fall off. They have to be forcibly removed.
These are strategically placed to track heart movements and beats. And, they are also placed where men have a fair amount of chest hair. If you are a Viking like me, using the chest hairs as an extra sweater, then I can calmly say “Houston, we have a problem!”
The nurse placed these pads on my chest – only nurses and my wife gets to touch me there – and she did look at me with pity we knowing these suckers had to come off in 24 hours.
Once attached, they barely move, and as I moved around I could feel some patches pulling hairs. “Interesting” feeling and I was helpless.
It didn’t bother me too much throughout the 24 hours and at times I didn’t even notice it, except for the little belt clip pager-sized device I was carrying.
As the 24 hours drew nearer the device automatically turns off.
I calmly called my wife to get her tender touch to pull off the sticky patches.
There’s absolutely no point doing this slowly so I asked her just to yank them off quickly, which she did.
The closer she got to hairier areas, the more I had to suppress the pain. I do have to admit, tears were preparing to exit my tear ducts and it was not cute anymore.
I returned the device to the cardiologist’s office so they could analyze the data.
As of yet, almost a month later, I have not received the results, so I can only assume my suffering was worth it and no abnormalities discovered.
If your cardiologist suggests wearing this device, please do.
It’ll help you and your cardiologist determine how well you are doing, and help adjust the treatment specifically to your needs.
One piece of advice, shave the chest area or bite the pain 🙂