As my heart condition diagnosis was announced I thought it’d be the end of tests for me. I even worried they’d stamp the name of a condition on my head and leave me to fend for myself. Oh, how wrong I was!
A week or so later I received a mysterious package in the post. A small device that records (like an ECG I believe) your heart’s electrical activity, beats, and general heart-health.
It’s called a Zio Patch.
This little patch needed to be stuck on my chest just below collarbone for a week, in order to record cardiac rhythms to send back to my cardiologist in Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.
This device is generally used to detect irregular heart rhythms, which I can have, and has been sent to me so the hospital can get what they call a ‘baseline’ reading. If anything happens again, or a I get odd symptoms or anything unusual I can have a proper ECG and the results can be compared to this.
What a catch I am!
Not only do I have a heart condition (thankfully not genetic) but I also have to wear weird patches on my skin that get in the way when I hug people or try to sleep on my stomach (which I do like sometimes), and it starts to look a bit ‘icky’ like a plaster when it starts curling at the edges.
Tomorrow is my last day wearing this patch, and I have to admit it’s been absolutely fine. It’s hidden quite well under clothes, even though I don’t mind if people see really. It doesn’t make a noise or anything, and has stuck there pretty well. The real test might be when I come to take it off tomorrow evening!
All in all I’m so pleased I’ve had this done. Not only is it another part of my health journey covered, but it means I’m not being left in the lurch and told to go away unless I’m in pain/distress etc. Because I know they’re still doing things for me, even though my diagnosis is done.
Another bit of evidence and health history recorded will never hurt 💪🏻