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Event recorder

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What is an event recorder?

The event recorder is Ambulatory Continuous Telemetry (ACT). This is a technological tool that records information about a patient's heartbeat and related symptoms.

Why do I need an event recorder?

The ACT helps your doctor evaluate the condition of your heart. Results from this device will assist in guiding your medical team to the best course of treatment for you.

How do I use the event recorder?

Over a period of 21-30 days, the ACT makes continuous recordings of your heartbeat. Any symptoms you may have such as palpitations, chest pain, or fainting is recorded and sent over a cell phone to a special service. This information may then be evaluated by your physician and cardiologist. You are encouraged to make an additional recording and call the service.

Returning the event recorder

To return the cell phone, simply enclose the entire unit and related materials in the pre-addressed, pre-paid "Priority Mail" envelope that you received when you picked up the device. The envelope should be brought to the Post Office and insured for $300 before mailing it.

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Reducing your risk for heart disease

  • Don't smoke
  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly
  • Reduce your intake of fats and cholesterol
  • Maintain your ideal weight
  • Exercise regularly according to your physician's guidelines


Inquiries

Our goal is to provide you with excellent care. If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
Janet Duval, RN, BSN
Manager, Non-invasive Cardiovascular Diagnostics
847.723.5480

To make an appointment, call 847.723.5050.

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