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Do you care for your heart? Here are some ways of monitoring the different parameters of the heart

The heart is a primary organ of your circulatory system, fist-sized that pumps blood throughout your body. Heart rate is the speed of the heartbeat measured by the number of contractions of the heart per minute (i.e., beats per minute). According to the body's physical needs the heart rate can keep varying.

The easiest places to check heart rate are on the wrists and side of the neck.

Heart rate and other parameters to be monitored include:

  • Respiration Rate

  • Temperature

  • Oxygen Saturation

  • Carbon dioxide

  • Invasive Blood Pressure

  • Non-invasive Blood Pressure

  • Stroke Volume

In monitoring of the heart, there are several parameters including:

Electrocardiograph (ECG) helps to record the electrical activity of the heart.

A Phonocardiography (PCG) is used to record heart sounds.

A Carotid pulse (CP) is needed to record carotid arterial blood pressure.

Monitoring of the heart rate can be performed as part of electrocardiography, but it can also be measured by using specific heart rate monitors. Such heart rate monitors are largely used by performers of various types of physical exercise.

There are many different types of heart rate monitors:

In personal use.

  • The Holter monitor is a small, wearable device, an external monitor which is a type of portable electrocardiogram (ECG). It records the electrical activity of the heart continuously and uses wires with patches that attach to the skin to continuously measure and record heart activity over 24 hours or longer.

  • An Event Recorder is similar to a Holter monitor, another portable device used to analyze the hearts signaling. Whereas Holter monitors record continuously, usually for about 24 to 48 hours, it records when you activate it. Some event monitors will automatically start recording if an abnormal heart rhythm is detected.

Two main types of event monitors:

  • Symptom event monitors: When you activate a symptom event monitor, for the next few minutes, it records the information from the heart’s electrical signal.

  • Memory looping monitors: However, it also records the information from a few minutes before the device was activated, so data from before, during, and after the symptom will be captured.

  • Patch recorder: This is good for 2 weeks and has everything contained in one unit (patch) which is worn on the chest.

  • A Mobile Cardiac Telemetry (MCT) unit is a wearable monitor that detects, records, and transmits heart rhythms for up to 30 days.

  • For long-term use, an Insertable Cardiac Monitor is placed under the skin and automatically detects and records heart rhythms, not in normal conditions for up to 5 years.

Various wearable heart rate monitors have been used for everyday tasks for measuring sleep quality at night, tracking stress and exercise levels, checking blood pressure at home, etc. many different things can affect heart rate in addition to telling us just how fast our hearts beat.


One of its types, the Doori Healthables is a smart medical device that uses innovative technology to measure blood pressure using a user's fingertip rather than a wrist cuff, arm cuff or smart watch. Along with blood pressure, it is beneficial to be aware of your oxygen saturation, heart rate and HR variability.

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