Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use the HomECG+ heart monitor if I have a pacemaker?
No, the HomECG+ heart monitor is not appropriate for people with pacemakers. The electronic pulses from the pacemaker regulate your heartbeat, which may interfere with the accuracy of the device.
Can the HomECG+ heart monitor continuously monitor for atrial fibrillation (also known as AF or AFib)?
No, the HomECG+ 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.
Does the HomECG+ heart monitor detect other arrhythmias besides AFib?
The HomECG+ 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 HomECG+ does not detect AF in that reading. 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.
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.
How do I use the HomECG+ heart monitor?
The HomECG+ 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.
Is the HomECG+ heart monitor FDA cleared?
HomECG+ is a federally regulated device and is considered a Class 2 medical device following FDA regulations and guidelines for that type of device.
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 HomECG+ records and stores high-quality, 45-second single-lead ECG.
What does AF stand for?
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 strokes and heart attacks.
Will I know if I am having an AFib episode?
Not necessarily. Atrial Fibrillation can be both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
Robert B., MD, FACC
These high quality recordings are useful in identifying and monitoring other conditions as well as AFib recurrence.
Hugh C., M.D., F.A.C.C., FHRS, FAHA
It is the right kind of solution for patients, because AFib is a lifetime condition. I’m very impressed by the device.
John N., MD
The quality of the ECGs it captures is excellent.
The HomECG+ has been able to identify AFib on multiple patients when all other methods have failed.