Now I've been discharged from heart failure nurses I want to do all I can to monitor my health. I'm on the usual medication to control my symptoms and my BP is low (90/60) my heart varies greatly according to my oxymetre from 30 to 80. Because my HA is permanent, would it help to have one of those mini heart rate recorders? I have two BP machines, one wrist one upper arm but they just done record numbers but tell me to see Dr. As BP too low. I have the occasional twinge from the heart but no longer feel the flutter and am not breathless. Any thoughts please?
Permanent AF monitoring.: Now I've been... - AF Association
I use my samsung app to record a history, but thats manual checking once or twice a day.
Before I lost the charger for it, I used an activity monitoring watch which took it at 5-10 mins intervals and was very handy for looking at trends when it was unstable.
I'm looking at replacing this with a smart watch or something similar.
An oximeter doesn't work very well with AF.
I'm realizing that however the h.f. nurses use one which is confusing! So I need something that I can use to check my heart rate when I don't feel it's right. The search continues.
Kardia is one of the best if you have a smartphone but of course very expensive if you have to buy both.
Thanks. I don't want anything too technical. I will try my BP machine again to make sure it works. I think this is all to do with being discharged. I never expected that to happen but they were happy to keep seeing me if I felt I needed it. I'm trying to fly solo!!!!!!
When I had AF I got a pulse-oximeter and recorded that my SPO2 was getting down to 75 at night - and that enabled me to prove that I was ill and get referred to a cardio.
Do you really need to monitor anything?
I got a bit obsessed with my Kardia and it only told me what I already knew, or gave me something else to worry about (needlessly )
Thanks. I think that's why I'm hesitating. I haven't been told to monitor just to 999 if I get an angina attack which I've not had yet. I don't want to get overly anxious about what might be and maybe just focussing on how I feel is the best indicator.
I agree with Mike (or the other way round. not sure). Monitoring unless you aer attempting to get a diagnosis merely focusses one on the condition rather than getting on with and enjoying life. I joke that I never started to feeel better till the batery died on my gismo.