Innovative Wearable Patch Provides Advanced Cardiovascular Testing
July 19, 2018
Heart arrhythmias are problems with the electrical impulses responsible for coordinating the heart’s repetitive muscle contraction, also known as the heartbeat. A heart beat that is too fast or too slow or irregular can be problematic, yet in many cases, it goes undetected. A patient may experience signs of a dangerously irregular heartbeat at home only to find that when he or she is in the doctor’s office for examination, the heartbeat has returned to normal.
For decades, the diagnostic solution was the Holter monitor. Although these monitors offered an innovative way to diagnose abnormal heart rhythms, they were bulky and could not get wet, which impacted their utilization.
Enter the ZIO® Patch, a small 2 inch by 5 inch patch that can continuously record up to 14 days of a single ECG channel of cardiac rhythm without the need for removal during exercise, sleeping or bathing. The patch’s hydrogel electrodes provide clear cardiovascular readings, and a button on the device allows the user to tag moments in the recorded data when they are experiencing symptoms so their cardiologist can evaluate those moments specifically.
The patch’s patient-friendly design and cardiologist-friendly functionality have received rave reviews from Providence Health. “This is a huge improvement for heart monitoring,” says cardiologist Dr. Bill Phillips, Cardiologist, President, HVI,_ whose patient received the first ZIO at Providence. “The previous standard of care was 30 years old, so this new technology is significantly smaller and faster, revolutionizing the experience of cardiovascular data collection for both patient and doctor.”
In some cases, an abnormal heart rhythm poses no risk. In other cases, significant disruption in the rhythm pattern can result in:
- Fainting spells
- Rapid heartbeat or fluttering
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Cardiac arrest (extreme cases)
The ZIO patch is available at Providence Heart’s downtown and Lexington physician office locations, as well as at Providence Health’s northeast and downtown hospital EKG labs.