Conditions that heart monitoring is often used to diagnose or manage include:
Fainting is a common problem accounting for 1-3% of emergency department visits and 6% of hospital admissions in the U.S. each year.1 People faint for many reasons but it can be a sign of an underlying heart condition.
Heart Palpitations are relatively common, accounting for 16% of symptoms that cause patients to go to their primary care doctor.2-4 While they are usually harmless, heart palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition.
Atrial fibrillation is a common condition in which the upper chambers of the heart beat very fast and irregularly, so the heart can’t pump blood effectively to the rest of the body. Left untreated, it can lead to stroke.
A stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain is suddenly blocked or bursts, resulting in damage to the brain tissue. The majority of strokes occur as a result of an obstruction, such as a blood clot. Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for stroke.
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- 4. Knudson MP. The natural history of palpitations in a family practice. J Fam Pract 1987;24:357-60.