Charles was born in western New York on Lake Ontario. He attended Bates College in Maine then joined the Navy. Following a 30-year Naval career he’s now retired, and living in the beautiful state of Maine. Charles always enjoyed running and leads a relatively healthy lifestyle. His heart journey began after talking to a few running friends in the neighborhood. He learned they all used watches to track their distance and pace. Charles bought a watch he could integrate with his phone and continued his running routine.
It was June 24th and Charles had a regular annual checkup. The nurse took his pulse and blood pressure and both were normal. However, a few minutes later, Charles looked at his watch and his pulse was over 120 beats per minute. He showed his doctor and Charles was sent for an EKG. He was diagnosed with a heart flutter and referred to a cardiologist for follow-up. Shortly after, he received a box containing the Preventice BodyGuardian® MINI PLUS remote cardiac monitor.
“The box came, and when I opened it up, the first thing I saw was the Samsung phone,” said Charles. “The pamphlet is easy to follow, and the phone became my contact and my reminder through the whole experience.” Charles carried the phone in his pocket and followed directions when to recharge the monitor and take off the strap. At the end of his 30-days wearing the remote cardiac monitor, the directions showed him how to pack it up and send it back.
“I did all the things I would normally do,” said Charles. “I got used to it within a day and it got to be comfortable, as I felt someone is reading the data and knows what my heart is doing. I felt safe.” Charles talked to a representative from Preventice and followed instructions for pressing the button to record if he felt any unusual symptoms, like a heart flutter. He also knew the monitor was being watched when he would exercise, giving him extra comfort. In Charles’ case, many of the flutters actually came when he was sitting on the couch.
Today I run for fun, but I still run about 20 miles a week and my monitor went with me every time I ran. It didn’t bother me, trouble me, or slow me down one bit,” said Charles. “Seeing the monitor reminds me that my heart is beating 100,000 times a day, and that it has been doing it a long time. Although my heart is strong, I also realize how important it is to take care of the big engine that’s in my chest.”
Charles was always healthy, other than bad knees and toes from running. As a result of a few instances of shortness of breath when he was out running in the woods, Charles had two stress tests that both came back normal. Similar to his father, he s has a low resting heart rate and remembers when his father received a pacemaker. His father lived to be 97.
Now Charles is confident that his remote cardiac monitoring experience will help him understand how to keep his heart healthy. With support from his cardiologist, Charles is planning a trip to the Williamsburg Inn. After his wedding in 1966, his honeymoon ended early because he was called to return to the Navy ship for an early departure. Charles and his wife always thought they would get some time later in life to come back, and that day has finally come. With his heart health in great shape, Charles and his wife look forward to finally enjoying their honeymoon.
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