I had a big scare last December with my heart that caused me to spend the day in the Emergency Room, that has caused me to be more aware of my cardiac health.I was noticing that my heart was racing more frequently, and lasting longer each time. After I woke up for the third day in a row with the heart racing I called my doctor, asking for a same day appointment. They told me they didn’t have any available, and it didn’t matter because you couldn’t request an EKG at a same day appointment. I asked the nurse what I was supposed to do then, and she informed me to just go to the ER. Other than my heart racing I felt fine, so I felt like I was over-reacting going to the Emergency Room.
I had Tony drive me to the ER and once I said my heart was racing they saw me right away. They hooked me up to all kinds of monitors and immediately all kinds of alarms started going off. My heart was beating too fast, and I was throwing too many of a certain type of waves. They quickly gave me some pills and did a lot of blood work. Tony was panicking, I was panicking the nurses seemed really concerned. After about 15 minutes I started feeling better. The doctor explained that the lower chamber of my heart wasn’t contracting correctly, and was basically just quivering. The medicine had evened it back out, but my heart was still beating irregular, but it was “regularly” irregular so they weren’t as concerned. Every 5th beat I had an irregular beat so they were hoping that was “My normal”. All my blood work came back perfect as did multiple chest x-rays. They kept me a few more hours for observation but I stayed “my normal” so they released me.
They believe the episode that landed me in the ER was anxiety/stress triggered. Multiple cardiologist appointments and exams later, and I have a prescription to take “as needed” if I ever feel my heart racing for more than a few seconds. If the medicine doesn’t work, I have to get to an emergency room. This year, I have only had to take the medicine maybe 3 times, and each time it worked. I wore a heart monitor for three days and my cardiologist said my heart gets out of sync a lot, more than he has ever seen in someone my age, but it corrects itself quickly, so quick in fact, that I wasn’t even noting feeling anything weird in my diary I had to fill out.
I like to monitor my blood pressure now to make sure it is neither too high, nor too low. I also like to monitor my pulse to see just how fast my heart is actually beating. That is why I love the Ozeri CardioTech BP5K Blood Pressure Monitor. It is compact, portable and simple to use. It even comes with a carrying case! It has a voice guided feature that lets you know exactly where to position your wrist while wearing the monitor. There are also on-screen arrows that indicate if your wrist is too high, or too low – your wrist should be even with your heart.
The audible voice also automatically provides a hypertension assessment after each measurement, and can read back previous readings to you. The Ozeri CardioTech Blood Pressure Monitor stores up to 180 blood pressure readings with date and time memory recall (90 readings x 2 users), and automatically classifies each blood pressure reading according to World Health Organization hypertension guidelines. It calculates average blood pressure readings based on all readings in memory, AM versus PM readings, or the 3 most recent readings.
I love that it also has Automatic Irregular heartbeat (Arrhythmia) detection! I haven’t had it tell me that I am in Arrhythmia yet though, thankfully!
The Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor is backed by a 5 year warranty, and ships with 2 AAA batteries which are included.