Would you purchase a portable device to monitor your vital signs 24/7?
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Flygirl27
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   Posted 4/22/2013 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Would it be a good idea to have a portable monitor that would take a patients BP, pulse, blood oxygen level, and ECG?

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 4/22/2013 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there are PB machines that you can buy.
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Flygirl27
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   Posted 4/22/2013 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Could you share the brand names?

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 4/22/2013 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Quest products 3-in1 deluxe pulse oximeter. It does heart rate,
oxygen level and blood flow.
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Flygirl27
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   Posted 4/22/2013 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

Thanks for the info but what about ECG? Is there currently a device that measures all three and heart rate?

worriedabouthubby
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   Posted 4/22/2013 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am unaware of a 'home' EKG monitor.  You can buy simple wrist cuffs that check BP and pulse- cost less than $50 at Rite Aid.  You can also get pulse-ox finger monitors for about the same price.  They check oxygen saturation level (given as a %) and pulse.  Neither is designed to be used 24/7.  My mother-in-law has persistent atrial fibirilation and we check her BP, pulse and oxygen levels after each meal, and when neede based on symptoms.  I have a simple form to record her readings and other info each day.  Email me if you would like a copy.  Her docotor has found it helpful to see my records. 

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   Posted 4/24/2013 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
The closest thing to a home cardiac monitor would be the at home defibrillator which is the machine used to shock the heart when it is in a death defying rhythm. 
 
It's a good idea for some people who fall into the target risk group to have access to defibrillators, but this is not the type of thing that every family needs to stock like Band-Aids in a medicine cabinet. It comes down to whether you think the risk is high enough and it's worth the money to keep around. If you are at risk, you should be under treatment.
 
It is not a machine used to check your heart rhythm but a piece of emergency equipment.
 
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