Wearing a Heart Monitor For 24 Hours

I can’t help but feel like I’ve once again missed an opportunity here. This time the opportunity would be to write a quick tech review on today’s modern portable heart monitors.

I won’t go into the personal details of why I’m wearing one, save to say that yesterday I was placed on one for 24 hours, and in two hours and five minutes I can take the thing off and send it back to the VA.

As many people know, it’s pretty easy to get gripey when you’ve got chords dangling off you and tape stuck to your chest for a long period of time, it’s not the most comfortable experience in the world. But what I’ve been reminding my self over the last 24 hours is that it could most definitely be worse.

When I found out I was going to be placed on one, Michelle prepared me for the probability that I’d have to wear it for 48 hours, and that the thing would be the size of a VHS tape (for those of you that remember those) and I’d have to carry it around in an over the shoulder satchel. Hearing these things, of course, caused me to lament about the sleep I would not be getting the following night.

But then the time came for me to be issued the thing, and I am actually thankful that it turned out to be the size of a mid 2000’s MP3 player. Because it’s so light, there was very little emotional turmoil over carrying the thing around. And, all things considered, I slept pretty well last night, for the most part. There were a couple instances when I was woken up because of the monitor digging into my hip, but that was easily adjusted.

So if you do find yourself, for the first time, talking with a cardiologist about wearing one of these things, don’t sweat it. They are small and light weight, and 24 hours beats the hell out of 48 hours!