Lisa is a 52-year-old music industry executive and author of the forthcoming memoir, “14 Days,” who loves walking with her four rescue dogs, camping, and snorkeling, but has until recently been afraid to do any of her favorite activities due to her SVT (Supraventricular Tachycardia).
Lisa recalls her first episode of SVT at the age of 11, while she was sitting in church, and the second nearly caused her to pass out during a blind date when she was 26.
“When I was in SVT I would feel anxious and frightened. My heart would just start racing out of the blue — sometimes in my sleep. The episodes would come and go. Sometimes I would have one every few days for about a month, then it would lie dormant for a few years, and I’d nearly forget what it was like.”
Then in September 2014, she started having Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) — extra, abnormal heartbeats that can feel like skipped beats or palpitations — multiple times a day and her doctors were worried she might have atrial fibrillation (AFib). She tried a few different at-home monitors to try and detect and determine what was happening with her heart, but Lisa disliked having so many wires attached to her body, and with the Holter monitor it was difficult to catch an episode during a 24 or 48-hour period, as they were very sporadic. Out of fear of having an episode and passing out, Lisa stopped doing many things she enjoyed including traveling, exercising, going for walks, and going to shows with her musician husband.
Then, in November 2014, Lisa was finally diagnosed with Ectopic SVT after an episode was caught on an event monitor. That same month, Lisa’s cardiologist showed her the AliveCor Mobile ECG, which he personally used. She immediately went home and bought it online.
“Using the AliveCor Mobile ECG gives me such peace of mind. I can now take an ECG and know that it is just fine. It’s helpful to see when it’s not Afib, and that’s it’s a normal heartbeat, just really fast. The biggest benefit is that you can monitor yourself anywhere all day and all night, and you don’t have to be hooked up to a monitor since your phone is with you at all times. This monitor and app have truly saved my life.”
Lisa’s PVCs can happen at all hours, and having the AliveCor Mobile ECG has allowed her to be able to wake up, roll over in bed and take a recording. Additionally, having a device at home has saved her trips to the ER, as she can monitor her heart rate going down and visually see what’s happening, rather than only feeling it. She can see if she’s okay and decide whether or not she needs to go to the ER. She can monitor herself at no cost, and easily email or fax reports to her cardiologist.
“I LOVE MY AliveCor Mobile ECG and I am really dependent on it. I never feel like I’m alone as long as my phone is nearby. I don’t care if I lose my phone for all my pictures; now I don’t want to lose my AliveCor!”