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Monitor can help diagnose heart conditions

WICHITA, Kansas - For Air Force veteran Jay Honey, his heart is on his mind.

"It feels like my heart rate is just kind of on a roller coaster. It kinda goes up real slow, and when it gets up to that peak, it just starts beating really fast."

At 42 years old, Honey never expected to have something wrong with his heart.

"We caught one so far that we were able to record that was 132 beats per minute."

Jay wanted to know why his heart was beating so fast.

"I want to get to the bottom of why this is happening to my heart so we can see if it's going to be genetic or something else they can use to treat me for."

Thanks to new technology, doctors at Wesley Medical Center can now figure out what is wrong with Jay's heart by using a small heart monitor.

The monitor is the size of a triple A battery.

"This will provide us with information that we did not have before in a very easy way and simple way without harming the patient," said Dr. Ghiyath A. Tabbal.

Jay has used heart monitor before but each was much bigger and painful.

"It is done right in the middle of the chest and people could feel it and summer time, swimming time it does show up."

Doctor Tabbal says that with mini-monitors can detect and better treat undiagnosed heart conditions and the time involved is as small as the monitor.

"Preparation takes about 15 minutes. The procedure itself about five minutes. It lasts up to about three years."

The results of the monitor can be sent wirelessly to your doctor so, they can monitor it remotely without having to make an appointment.

 

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