Katherine is a student navigating the world of remote learning during the era of COVID. She also works as a model for several boutiques and promotes their clothes on social media as an influencer. To make these times more challenging, Katherine suddenly began to experience seizures along with other symptoms that included chest pain, shortness of breath, and high blood pressure. She tracked her resting heart rate and it was as high as 140. She knew something was wrong and scheduled an appointment with her primary care physician who then referred her to a cardiologist.
All of these health issues came as a complete shock to Katherine and her family. “The weirdest part for me is I've never had any serious health issues. Nothing was wrong with my heart before. So, this coming out of the blue was very strange for all of us. I have always been very health conscious and dedicated to fitness,” comments Katherine. Her fitness routines consist of Jujitsu, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. She always thought if she ate a balanced diet and exercised, that it would lead to being a healthy person. Since she is so young, this news about her heart was an even bigger shock.
Katherine’s cardiologist presented her with several remote cardiac monitoring options, and she chose the BodyGuardian® MINI. “The other options were larger with electrodes,” says Katherine. “The remote cardiac monitoring process was new to me, but I liked that the MINI was small and unobtrusive. I knew that wearing the remote cardiac monitor would help my cardiologist find the best treatment plan for me and that gave me a lot of reassurance.”
“During my remote cardiac monitoring journey, I was also undergoing all these brain scans, EEGs and tests for my seizures. I wasn't feeling like myself anymore. To be able to take pictures, continue to model and work on promotions while still wearing the MINI was helpful. Even though I was going through all this, I could still be ‘me’ at the same time,” says Katherine. Her biggest worry was how her skin would react. “Since I have sensitive skin, I was afraid that wearing the MINI for a month would cause a bad skin reaction. However, my skin was fine. I didn't have any irritation,” shares Katherine.
“Overall, this was a great experience for me and it was all very seamless,” says Katherine. It was really nice for Katherine to have the support of her family and friends. She is a strong advocate for people who will benefit from heart monitoring and loves to share her journey. "There are some people, but not many, that post on Instagram specific stories about their cardiac arrhythmia journeys. So, that's why I am here,” shares Katherine. She was able to create several videos for her social media followers to document her health journey and answer questions that people would ask her.
Katherine’s advice for anyone who is reluctant to complete the remote cardiac monitoring journey is “not to stress it. Remember to charge the monitor, and it's not stressful. After a few days, you forget that you are even wearing it. Having answers will provide peace of mind,” comments Katherine.
Caution: U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.
The patient testimonial above relates an account of an individual’s experience to remote monitoring technology and services. The account is genuine, typical and documented. However, this patient’s experience does not provide any indication, guide, warranty or guarantee as to the experience other people may have. The experience other individuals have could be different and do vary. Not every response is the same.