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  1. Susan N. December 16, 2012

    Why can’t I submit this to my insurance?

  2. SuddenLife December 16, 2012

    Some insurance carriers presently do not reimburse for the iRhythm ZioPatch. Others reimburse inadequately to cover the physician’s costs. Until this new technology is better accepted, you may need to pay out-of-pocket for access to this advance.
    The team at SuddenLife strongly believes the benefit of the heart rhythm monitor and our comprehensive report is well worth it to those concerned about their heart health. Remember, the all-inclusive $595 cost is less than a typical one month premium for health insurance.

  3. Sharon W. December 20, 2012

    Hello. I don’t want another Holter monitor. My doctor mentioned your service but doesn’t have ZioPatches. How does it work?

  4. SuddenLife December 20, 2012

    You bring up a couple of useful points to discuss. Many patients have already had a Holter monitor and found them to be bulky, cumbersome (you have to remove the leads to shower or exercise, etc.) and only document 24 hours or so of your heart rhythm. A soon to be published research study compares our ZioPatch with Holters showing excellent quality and the obvious benefits of longer term recording, up to 14 days, as well as the ease-of-use.

    Secondly, SuddenLife is happy to work with your physician. You need to sign up for our service and just give us the physician’s contact info. We will send you a report as well as a copy for him/her. Your physician will then take charge of the management of the findings from your heart monitor.

    Many physicians have become frustrated with the lack of insurance payment for heart rhythm monitoring. They appreciate the simplicity of the SuddenLife concept which allows them to manage your rhythm issues without distraction.

  5. Tim January 13, 2013

    I went to the doctor this week and he is recommending medication for my heart racing. Is it safe?

  6. SuddenLife January 13, 2013

    Although we have licensed physicians at SuddenLife, we cannot recommend treatment in this manner. However, we can say that a diagnosis is usually critical before treatment is started. If you have been fortunate to have your “heart racing” documented on an EKG, that is the first step. With infrequent episodes, our ZioPatch heart monitor provides an opportunity for longer term recordings that are very easy-to-use.
    After diagnosis of a serious rhythm problem, treatment can include drugs to slow your heart rate, the most common being beta-blockers such as Toprol XL, metoprolol, Coreg and atenolol. Sometimes, true anti-arrhythmics are needed and they include sotalol, flecainide and amiodarone. At other times, medications may not be effective and catheter ablation is a better choice.
    We recommend that you read up on the specifics of your heart rhythm problem, at locations such as our website, http://suddenlife.com/home/arrhythmias/. With a cautious Google search, you can find excellent educational sites including those from medical societies such as HRS, ACC, AHA and others. Once you are well-prepared, return to your physician with specific questions to help you with your understanding of the best treatment for you. We wish you well.

  7. Is a heart attack the same as sudden death???? January 13, 2013

    A heart attack describes the situation when an area of the heart does not get blood flow. It results in a portion of the heart muscle (left ventricle) dying. Later this can cause heart failure (weakening of the pump and associated shortness of breath and fatigue). It is also the cause for serious heart rhythm problems that can cause sudden death. A heart attack usually presents with chest pain. If in doubt, chew an aspirin and call 911.
    Sudden death is the scary term doctors use for a life-threatening arrhythmia. Over half of these are due to a prior heart attack, years ago, but can also occur in normal hearts. Sudden death has no warning and usually is associated with prompt fainting from the heart quivering or fibrillating, no longer able to pump blood to the body. To prevent death, CPR must be initiated immediately and 911 called to shock the heart back to life. See the dramatic video of a soccer player getting a shock preventing a sudden death episode, part of the dizziness, heart racing video on our home page. The SuddenLife ZioPatch screening helps to determine your risk of sudden cardiac death.

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