Guest post by Akwmedical.com
It is no secret that maintaining a healthy heart is integral to one’s overall health. Problems that can arise from poor heart health can include, but are certainly not limited to, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), and cardiomyopathy. While the most effective method of preventing heart conditions consists of plenty of exercise and nutritionally balanced meals, having access to proper medical machines is also vital to remaining healthy.
In the realm of cardiology equipment, EKG machines are useful tools for heart patients. The electrocardiogram machines read and record the electrical activity of the heart over a specified period of time. The recording is usually achieved by placing electrodes on the patient’s body, which then measure the heart’s electrical activity.
The EKG machines assess the heart’s rhythm and can detect any weaknesses in different parts of the heart. It then produces a printout, which can be compared to a standard, healthy heart by analyzing the differences in heartrate, rhythm, or contractions between the two printouts. EKG machines are of vital importance in finding abnormal heart rhythms.
Patient Heart Monitors
New or used patient monitors,which are also referred to as “multiparameter monitors” or “physiologicalmonitors,” are yet another important tool for maintaining optimum heart health. The primary function of these machines is to display and analyze a person’s vital signs. One of the most important uses for a patient monitor is to warn of serious and potentially fatal, cardiac conditions. Patient monitors can catch these conditions before a human physician would even be able to detect them, like in the case of atrial fibrillation or premature ventricular contraction (PVC).
Patient monitors have evolved greatly ever since the first analog models were introduced decades ago. The older models were bulky and extremely susceptible to electrical interference and fluctuations in vital signs.
The newer models, on the other hand, are light, portable, highly reliable, and can perform multiple functions that in the past may have required more than one monitor.
Newer models analyze and display multiple vital signs, including pulse oximetry (a measurement of the saturated percentage of oxygen in the blood), ECG (electorcradiograph of the heart’s QRS waves; no need for pacemaker), blood pressure (usually through use of an inflatable blood pressure cuff), and body temperature (often by means of an adhesive pad with a thermoelectric transducer). Some patient monitors are even networkable, which means that they can be linked to a central monitoring system for constant surveillance.