What are the parameters of a heart monitor?

The cardiac monitor is responsible for displaying and analyzing the vital conditions of a patient, which is achieved through sensory signals emitted by the heart, to graphically develop its functional status. Generally, they are used in people who have some cardiac pathology, as well as those who have undergone an intervention or have recently had a heart attack.

The cardiac monitor works with the participation of electrodes attached to the patient, which transform the ionic current of the human heart, in low amplitude electronic current (100uV to 5mV), in turn, is developed to be digitized and the electrodes have to be placed correctly to capture the best signal reception.

These monitors develop important parameters such as respiratory rate, non-invasive pressure (NIP), invasive pressure (IP), oxygen saturation (Sp0 2), venous oxygen saturation (Sv0 2), intracranial pressure, airway gas pressure or anesthesia, etc. It is important to remember that the results should be interpreted by a healthcare professional.

Benefits of cardiac monitors

Through the use of cardiac monitors, it allows the study of the heart mechanisms for the early detection of problems presented by the patient, in addition, it facilitates the follow-up for decompensation of cardiac and respiratory insufficiency.

These devices facilitate the monitoring of technical parameters (battery, electrode status, etc.) and provide a lot of useful clinical information for the patient’s health and control. In addition, it provides solutions according to their multiple functions, based on different types of monitors, which are:

Spade Monitors: in charge of working with manual transfers, which are generally performed monthly or in case of symptoms.
Monitors with technology: develop the wireless advance of transmissions, when the patient presents an alert and approaches the monitor.

Currently, we have cardiac monitors, which take advantage of technology to allow a longer or more autonomous monitoring by the patient.

Cardiac monitoring as a tool for patient study

The tools provided by the specialist physician, also called a cardiologist, study the patient’s parameters, through monitors, to identify any arrhythmias, including irregular heartbeats, fast or slow heartbeats and pauses. Some cardiac arrhythmias are fatal, while others are manageable on their own. Cardiac monitoring tools help patients record the signals related to this pathology. They also manifest the electrical activity of the heart and transmit the waveform of the beats.

Along the same lines, cardiologists are able to diagnose cardiovascular risk factors and the measures that can be taken to avoid future risks, by performing early detection tests, so that the patient can reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack, or worsen their heart disease.

Through cardiac monitoring, continuous electrocardiographic recording allows the heart rate and rhythm to be viewed, and the monitor deduces this by counting the number of R waves per minute on the ECG. The data provided will help to perform a complete hemodynamic assessment of the patient through examination, information on skin coloration and condition.

Kalstein Vital Signs Monitors

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