Frequently Asked AfibAlert® Questions
Does the AfibAlert® heart monitor detect other arrhythmias besides AFib?
The AfibAlert® built-in algorithm only monitors for atrial fibrillation (AF or Afib). It will not detect other potentially life threatening arrhythmias, and it is possible that other cardiac arrhythmias may be present even if the AfibAlert® registers a green light. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911. You can also share your recorded ECGs with your physician or a trained clinician for further interpretation.
Is the AfibAlert® heart monitor FDA Cleared?
AfibAlert® is a federally regulated device and is considered a Class 2 medical device following FDA regulations and guidelines for that type of device.
Can I use the AfibAlert® heart monitor if I have a pacemaker?
No, the AfibAlert® heart monitor is not appropriate for people with pacemakers. The electronic pulses from the pacemaker regulates your heartbeat, which may interfere with the accuracy of the device.
Is the AfibAlert® heart monitor covered by insurance?
Currently these types of heart rhythm monitors for patient self testing are not covered by Medicare or private payers. Health savings accounts and other special programs may be options for some patients.
Can the AfibAlert® heart monitor continuously monitor for atrial fibrillation (also known as AF or AFib)?
No, the AfibAlert® heart monitor only determines the probability that AFib is present during the 45-second testing period. It cannot alert you if AFib happens outside the testing period.
How many tests can the AfibAlert® heart monitor store?
AfibAlert® heart monitor stores up to 33 ECGs. Once you upload them, we permanently store them for you for future viewing and sharing with your physician.
What do the AfibAlert® heart monitor icon lights mean?
There are four lights that indicate different functions on the AfibAlert® heart monitor. The green light means that data has been successfully stored and there is a low probability that AF is present. The red light indicates a high probability of AF and the data should be sent to your healthcare professional. The yellow light signifies a test was not completed successfully and should be repeated. The blue light signifies when the recorder is acquiring and analyzing data. It also indicates when data is being transmitted.
How do I use the AfibAlert® heart monitor?
The AfibAlert® heart monitor is simple to use for intermittent testing of Afib. It allows daily or even hourly checks in the comfort of your home or when you are on the go.
How can I order the AfibAlert® heart monitor?
You can order the AfibAlert® heart monitor through this website or by calling our order desk at 1-866-321-AFIB (2342).
What is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial Fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.
What is AFib or AF?
These are a common abbreviation and acronym used to reference Atrial Fibrillation.
Why should I monitor my AFib episodes?
For your safety and overall wellbeing as you are five times more likely to have a stroke than the general population when you have AFib. The American Heart Association states that AFib is a major cause of stroke or heart attack.
Will I know if I am having an AFib episode?
Not necessarily as Atrial Fibrillation can be both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
What are some of the signs that I may be having an AFib episode?
If you have AFib, you may not be getting enough blood to your brain and other organs. Patients can experience various symptoms including heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue or fainting. Much more information can be found on the American Heart Association website and we encourage patients to educate themselves as much as possible.
What is an ECG?
An electrocardiogram (ECG, also referred to as EKG) is a painless test that records the heart’s electrical activity as a graph. An ECG is routinely performed when an arrhythmia is suspected. The AfibAlert® records and stores a high quality 45 second single lead ECG.
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