Event Monitor

By denatrout1974 Latest Reply 2012-06-26 21:45:41 -0500
Started 2011-07-19 10:50:32 -0500

Really does anyone know how this all works? Does the monitor always send info or only when it catches something? Mine will vibrate sometimes for no apparent reason, so I'm not sure if its sending something or what. I'm just curios if anyone knows?

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Perplexed 2012-06-11 21:30:24 -0500 Report

Weren't you given a contact number to call if you had questions about your event monitor? I've had both an e-Cardio event monitor and at a later date a CardioNet event monitor. In both instances I was provided w/a toll-free number to call if I had any questions. Personally, the curiosity would just do me in if I didn't call the event monitor company and ask about the vibrating.

Is there any chance that the vibrations are an attempt by the company to contact you? You know, like a cell phone can be set to ring or to vibrate.

Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back. The only dumb question is the one that doesn't get asked.

And speaking of CardioNet and their event monitor: be sure to contact your insurance company and secondary insurance company if you have one whether they regard CardioNet's event monitor as experimental or not!!! My secondary insurance considered the model I was provided w/as experimental and my secondary would NOT pick up the copay. My e-Cardio event monitor was fully covered w/no cost to me.

Perplexed 2012-06-26 21:45:41 -0500 Report

Well, live and learn. I need to clarify my experience w/the two event monitors. My "original" 21 day event monitor was the eCardio ER920W which is a "loop" event monitor which my secondary insurance made my copay for.

CardioNet's MCOT event monitor was a more advanced type of event monitor. It is a telemetry event monitor. Medicare has approved these telemetry monitors - but many secondary insurances still consider them "experimental". My secondary insurance is one who considers them experimental and thus why they refused to pay my copay.

I'm now back on a 3rd 21 day event monitor. This one is from e-Cardio again. It is an ECAT (HEARTRAK ECAT). It is also a telemetry style monitor. But I like it much better than CardioNet's. The main thing is it is lighter weight!!! And the "communicator" is lighter weight as well. Plus doesn't require a charger stand. Still much less intimidating and shipped in a much smaller box rather than the "suitcase" that CadioNet's arrives in. And, of course, my secondary considers this ECAT experimental as well and I will be responsible for my Medicare copay.

The copay for either is roughly $150.

For those w/Medicare AND a secondary insurance but limited means, the eCardio ER920W loop event monitor is still available, most all secondary insurances recognize it and will pay the copay - BUT - the ER920W must now be SPECIFICALLY ordered or the ECAT will be sent instead. (26 June 2012)

HeartHawk 2012-06-12 23:24:53 -0500 Report


Again, good to hear from you. You hit the nail on the head. Good stuff! Everyone should heed your advce on this issue.


Perplexed 2012-06-13 07:35:39 -0500 Report

Thanks you, HeartHawk. I like to share or help when I can. There's no sense in letting others get "burned" like I did on that copay. Sometimes it can be a PITA trying to get past the "recordings" and the "numbers game" and the "holds" when trying to get info from our insurance companies but …

HeartHawk 2012-06-13 23:59:41 -0500 Report


Yeah, we could (maybe should) start a whole section on it. Hell, why not. I'm going to start a discussion for all to tell their insurance horror stories!


HeartHawk 2011-07-19 23:46:03 -0500 Report


An event monitor is nothing more than a portable EKG. It is typically used because heart arrhythmias seldom display themselves on cue when in the doctor's office. The event monitor continuously records your heartbeat in an attempt to see what occurs during abnormal beats for 24 or more hours.

Some monitors do not start to record until you hit a button and other simply record continuously (I prefer these). Some allow the user to push a button to indicate when they feel an irregular beat to help pinpoint where in the recording the problem beats occur - although most recordings are now read by high speed computers which automatically locate arrhythmias.


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