Is a wearable cardiac monitor better for post-stroke patients?

Stroke is a common condition that occurs when blood supply is interrupted or stopped from reaching the brain due to a blocked or leaking blood vessel. It is one of the leading causes of disability and death in India and the United States. Research shows that every year, over 750000 individuals are diagnosed with stroke in the US.

Additionally, in 2015, this condition was regarded as the second most frequent killer after coronary-heart-disease. This is after accounting for over 5 million global deaths that year.

The condition comes in two types. These are Hemorrhagic stroke and Ischemic stroke. The latter is caused when a blood clot cuts off the supply of blood to Me brain while the former is caused by a ruptured blood vessel. Both of these types result in some parts of the brain not functioning well and can cause many complications which can lead to death. A 2015 study shows that about 3.3 million patients died from hemorrhagic stroke. and 3.0 million died as a result of ischemic stroke. About 50% of individuals who are diagnosed with these strokes die in less than a year.

Stroke is preventable especially when detected within about 3 to 4 hours. Ischemic stroke patients are given medication such as aspirin which helps to break down the blood clot. In the case of hemorrhagic stroke, surgery is considered as the best way to prevent the condition.

Preventing  Further Stroke By Cardiac Monitoring

About 25% of strokes occur in patients who had previously been diagnosed with a Stroke. Due to this fact, it is considered wise to treat patients for all the underlying causes of stroke. These include diabetes, AF or AFib (atrial fibrillation — Irregular and fast heartbeat), hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease.

Medication is one of the best ways to treat a patient of such causes. Patients may also be advised to change their lifestyle habits such as stopping smoking, changing diet, and exercising regularly. Some serious cases may demand surgery.

There are situations when it is difficult to identify some forms of stroke. This is where advanced diagnoses may be required. Several studies have shown that providing patients with a continuous monitoring service of the heart can help detect some mysterious causes of strokes. It is known that AF is one of the primary causes of secondary stroke. It has no visible symptoms and most people discover that they have the condition after being diagnosed by a Doctor. Detecting and treating AF early can save parents a great deal from the stroke.

The best way to diagnose this condition is by wearing a 24 hour ECG monitoring or a Holter monitor. The device is attached to the skin of a patient & it is easy to use. ECG monitoring services give medical professionals a chance to prevent further complications stroke by notifying them the normal & abnormal heart rhythm recordings.

Cardiac Monitoring For Post-Stroke Patient

Cardiac monitoring is mandatory when the cause of stroke is not known. Wearing a Heart Performance monitor is better for the health of a stroke patient and it can be worn without interfering with their daily lives. The monitors record the symptoms experienced by the patient such as arrhythmias.

Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

The condition is considered as a serious long-term disability which significantly impairs a person’s speech, motor and sensory skills, and cognition. Rehabilitating completely from such a condition is therefore not a simple process. In fact. it demands a lot of commitment, hard work, and patience.

People may rehabilitate differently. Some may take years. weeks, or even months. Others may never recover completely because they usually develop lifelong disabilities. Moreover. rehabilitation days may be different for every sufferer due to fear, uncertainty, and apprehension about the aftermath of a stroke. Rehabilitation, therefore. focuses on the emotional, cognition, and physical well-being of a patient.

In most cases, recovery starts in the hospital particularly within the first few days after stroke. This helps to transition a patient from hospital to home. It also prevents the development of a further stroke later in life. There are various places other than home that offers stroke rehabilitation services. These include Skilled nursing homes which provide specialized programs and other recovery therapies to help you recover and rehabilitation units which give both outpatient and inpatient care. Although your home may seem more convenient and comfortable for rehabilitation.

Conclusion

Stroke is a dangerous condition since it is known as one of the top causes of disability and death not only in the US but also in India. Majority of people in India who develop stroke are those that live in rural areas because of limited and poor-quality health care, smoking, and poverty. India records a stroke rate of 145 to 254 per 100000 people a year. Europe, US, and Australia record 61 to 111,107, and 99 respectively. To

minimize the rate of stroke, early diagnosis and post-stroke rehabilitation should also be considered.

Author bio:

Sathya Kumar is the Founder & CEO of Cardiac Rhythm .Cardiac Rhythm’s biosensor is an unobtrusive, easy to use the device for the patient’s long-term Holter monitoring, cardiac ECG monitoring and real-time mobile cardiac telemetry monitoring. The innovative, portable biosensor remotely monitors the health of patients and provides physicians with deeper clinical-grade data insights.

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