afib and monitor

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   Posted 1/9/2014 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 64 year old healthy female and I've never posted on this board but never had a heart issue. It was discovered I have afib and I had to wear a monitor for 24 hours....I removed it today.

My husband was also diagnosed with afib this year also and has had to wear a heart monitor on 2 different occasions, but he had to wear it 3-4 weeks each time. Why the difference in the time for the monitor and what is the doctor hoping to learn from the monitor?

I'm now taking Xarelto and Multaq. Just curious about the monitor. Also, those of you with afib, do you suffer from more fatigue that usual? Other than that, I'd not be aware I had a problem.

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   Posted 1/10/2014 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Holter and event monitors are medical devices that record the heart's electrical activity. Doctors most often use these monitors to diagnose arrhythmias. These are problems with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly.
These monitors also can check whether treatments for arrhythmias are working or perhaps changes need to be made to your medications.  Remember you are an individual unique from your husband and the medications and treatment will most likely be different for each of you.
Next time you visit your Dr. do feel comfortable in asking the Dr. questions as patients have the right to know about their dx and treatment plan.
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