Home Monitors for Atrial Fibrillation

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Hi  all,

I am one of the lucky ones, hopefully, and had an internal Cardioversion in February which was successful first attempt.  When I saw the consultant for a follow up a few days ago he suggested I get a monitor to use at home as the fibrillation could come back any time.

Can anyone recommend a monitor that does not cost too much, I have had a look and there are so many to choose from and many need a smart phone to use it with which bumps up the cost too much for me as a pensioner and I really do not want to buy a smart phone as well.  Just want something simple and reliable.

Many thanks - Gill

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    Hi Gill,

    ?I use a 'Microlife' Watch BP Home. It is a home blood pressure monitor, which, in addition to giving blood pressure readings will also give a reading indicating that you are/or have been in AF. It is one of several brands approved by the UK Health Authority, NICE.

    Not sure of the price. I think Omron produce a similar device. not sure.

    ?With the 'Microlife' it will record up to 250 readings then you have to down load the data to a computer. This then will enable you to print a hard copy which you can then take to your GP. It will show both blood pressure and AF.

    To set it all up you need to be a bit computer savvy, so if this isn't you, maybe someone in your family or a friend can assist in the set up.

    Well worth the investment.

    John

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    Hi Gill - 

    I have been using a basic Boots BP monitor for over four years - it has an "irregular heart rate" indicator which enables AF to be monitored. Boots seem to have changed their models and specifications somewhat - looks like you now need to pay £34.99 for a monitor with irregular hear rate detection. There's another more sophisticated version at £44.99 which may be worth consideration. 

    I find that when I am in AF it's best to take three readings and average them - both BP and heart rate are very variable when in AF.

    Of course, if you are not in the UK Boots will not be much use to you ...

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    I've been using a Microlife BP A200 AFIB for the last two and a half years. It's been 100% reliable on the three occasions that I've gone into Afib over this time (two of those times I had no idea that I was in Afib!). Paid around $180 for it here in Australia.   Have had no issues with it and would happily get another if this one stopped working (although I'd probably do a bit of research first to make sure nothing better had come on the market since I'd bought this one.

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    The one I have and like alot is Kardia Alivecor. It links to your phone. It is small. Outputs a ECG equal to a one lead ecg. It gives you a result of afib or unclassifed and your bpm. I had an unclassified so I emailed it to thier doctors and within24 hours for a fiver have a detailed account of what was happening. In that case tachicardia. I find it very reassuring. I know when to take meds and when to go to A&E.

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