What is a HeartBug?
The HeartBug is a small long-term cardiac event monitoring device that is worn for up to 28 days. The device will constantly monitor your ECG (the electrical activity of your heart) and will automatically make recordings if any irregularities are detected. HeartBug also allows you to make manual recordings if you are symptomatic (eg. palpitations or dizziness) and note how you are feeling. All recordings are automatically uploaded via your mobile phone and analysed by expert cardiologists.
Why do I need HeartBug?
HeartBug is ideal for:
- investigating symptoms which only occur occasionally
- investigation of fainting and dizziness
- looking for atrial fibrillation (AF)
How big is HeartBug?
HeartBug is just the size of a 50c coin, is extremely light and attaches directly to the body with two small ECG stickers.
How do I set up HeartBug?
At HeartWest, our team of experienced cardiologists and technicians will help set up HeartBug for you. All you need to do is bring your smartphone (Apple or Android) and know how to install an app. (If you are not sure, please bring a family member or helper with you on the day.)
How long should I wear it for?
You will be asked to wear HeartBug for up to 28 days, depending on what your cardiologist recommends, and you will be informed via SMS when it’s finished. During this period, you should keep the HeartBug on at all times, including when showering. You will also be provided with extra ECG stickers which need to be changed weekly.
Should the HeartBug be used for emergencies?
HeartBug is not a 24/7 emergency service, and is not intended for life threatening situations. Always call 000 in an emergency.