Early detection and monitoring play a vital role in both prevention and treatment of a number of cardiovascular and neurovascular conditions.
The HeartBug Monitor is Australia’s most convenient, non-invasive, electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring device, designed to track and record both heart rate and rhythm activity over a period of one to four weeks. By monitoring this activity, the HeartBug Monitor can detect irregularities and record them for further analysis and review by your treating specialist.
Event monitoring with the HeartBug Monitor is particularly beneficial for individuals who experience symptoms such as:
- Palpitations / irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias)
- Dizziness/ fainting / blackouts
- Transient ischaemic attack or stroke
These symptoms can be indicators of underlying neurological or cardiovascular conditions that require prompt attention.
Event monitoring enables healthcare professionals to correlate symptoms with recorded heart rate and rhythm data, aiding in accurate diagnoses and formulation of appropriate treatment plans.
If you are experiencing heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat, a HeartBug monitor can offer insight into the condition for optimal diagnosis and treatment.
The HeartBug Monitor offers several advantages (over other event monitoring devices such as implantable loop recorders) including that it:
- Is a portable, non-invasive method of monitoring heart rate and rhythm activity which allows individuals to maintain their regular activities whilst being monitored
- Provides real-time tracking of heart rate and rhythm for immediate feedback via a web portal or smartphone app
- Can provide continuous or event triggered recording including critical data recording during symptomatic episodes
The HeartBug Monitor is a user-friendly device that is typically worn as a small, discreet patch around the neck or in the pocket. The device is connected to electrodes via small wires, which are attached to the chest using adhesive sticky tabs. Both the device and wires are designed to be discreet and unobtrusive, allowing for everyday wear without any inconvenience.
A web portal login is created for the patient and can be accessed via a smartphone or computer.
The electrodes detect and record the heart’s electrical activity. The recorded data is then transmitted wirelessly to the web portal or stored in the device for later analysis by healthcare professionals.
Event monitoring with the HeartBug Monitor is considered safe with minimal risks. Some individuals may experience skin irritation or allergic reactions to the adhesives used to attach the device to the skin. These risks are rare and can be addressed with your treating specialist.
The HeartBug Monitor offers a reliable,convenient and non-invasive method of monitoring heart rate and rhythm activity, aiding in the early detection and management of cardiovascular conditions.
Why Choose Us
Our experienced team at CURA Medical Specialists specialise in providing personalised, expert care for those with Neurologic conditions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
Dr. Timothy Ang
MBBS, FRACP (Neurology), Head of Committee for CCINR
Dr. Christopher Blair
BSc (Hons I), MBBS (Hons I), DPhil (York), FRACP
Dr Christopher Blair having trained at both Royal Prince Alfred and Liverpool Hospitals Chris has gained rich experience in the treatment of all types of neurological disorders
For more information please read our most frequently asked questions:
The HeartBug Monitor can be set up for continuous recording or event-triggered recording, depending on the specific monitoring needs. Continuous monitoring allows for real-time tracking of heart rate and rhythm activity, while event-triggered recording captures data during specific events or symptoms. This flexibility ensures that the HeartBug Monitor records when necessary, providing valuable insights into heart rhythm patterns. There is often a positive clinical finding within 7-10 days.
No, a HeartBug Monitor is a small device that records your heart rate and rhythm over a longer period of time compared to a Holter device or ECG.
The cost of a HeartBug Monitor can vary depending on factors such as the type of monitoring required, duration of use, and insurance coverage. It is advisable to contact us directly to discuss pricing options.
The cost of a 24-hour heart monitor test, such as a Holter monitor, can vary depending on factors such as the healthcare provider, geographical location, and insurance coverage.
Generally, the cost can range from several hundred to a few thousand dollars. It is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider or insurance company to determine the specific cost and coverage details for a 24-hour heart monitor test.
Yes, the HeartBug Monitor is waterproof, allowing you to wear it during a shower. The device is designed to withstand some water exposure, providing convenience and flexibility for individuals who need continuous heart monitoring.
The HeartBug Monitor should ideally be worn continuously as per the instructions provided by your healthcare provider. It is crucial to keep the monitor on at all times during the specified monitoring period to ensure accurate and comprehensive heart rhythm data collection. Removing the monitor for extended periods may result in missing important information.
If there are specific circumstances or activities where you need to remove the monitor temporarily, it is advisable to consult with your healthcare provider for guidance on proper usage.
PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription or clinical assessment. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.