CARDIAC EVENT MONITORING
Case Study One
The Background Recently, a 42 year old woman visited her physician with complaints of chest pain and palpitations while at work. After several in-office EKG's offered no rhythm disturbances, her physician called the FCM Scanning Center to request the patient-activated arrhythmia monitor. The patient carried the CardioMemo monitor with her to work.
The Symptoms Sept 19: Patient calls in Baseline EKG transmission. Sinus arrhythmia, rate of 70 to 90 bpm.
Sept 20: Patient calls in feeling a "little short of breath". Sinus arrhythmia, rate of 65 to 84 bpm.
Sept 21: Patient calls in feeling "weak". Sinus tachy/arrhythmia, rate of 94 to 125 bpm.
Sept 27: Patient calls in while at work. Patient has an attack and falls to the floor. The patient removes the CardioMemo monitor from her pocket and applies it to her chest. Sinus tachycardia, rate of 150 to 160 bpm with 2 ventricular pairs and one isolated PVC.
The Result FCM faxes a copy of the report to the ordering physician. FCM alerts an Emergency Rescue Team to the patient's work. FCM faxes a copy of the report to the Emergency Room before the patient arrives.