The ZIO® XT heart monitor is a wire-free ECG monitor that can be worn for up to 14 days. The Zio XT monitor is discrete and painless.
The Zio XT patch can help to diagnose arrhythmias in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. If you do have symptoms you’ll be able to make a recording for your doctor to see, by pressing a large button on the device.
While the device is worn you may continue all normal activities, including exercise and bathing, as long as the device is not submerged in any liquids. The Zio XT is a patch heart monitor that sticks to your chest, and doesn’t need charging or battery changes.
Your consultant may recommend that you have a Zio XT so that any irregular heartbeats can be captured on a recording or ruled out as the cause for your symptoms.
Arrhythmia is when your heart beats in an irregular way. Instead of a steady rhythm, your heart may:
In people who get symptoms, these irregular rhythms can be frequent or daily, but often symptoms come and go sporadically.
Arrhythmias can occur as a result of an underlying heart condition and you may not have symptoms at all.
You’ll meet your consultant in one of our private consultation rooms.
Documenting your symptoms, whatever they may be ahead of your appointment can help you and your consultant make sense of any irregular heartbeat you may have and how often it may occur. It is important that you explain the frequency of your symptoms and what they feel like to your consultant, as this may help to ensure you get the right test for you.
These are some of the symptoms you may experience that you should make note of:
At the end of the Zio XT recording, you should return the device to iRhythm using the pre-paid returns packet via your local post box.
The report will be available to your consultant usually between 2-4 days after the device has been received.
Your consultant will arrange for a follow-up appointment to discuss your results with you and any further advice, treatments or tests that you may require.
When you’re prescribed a Zio XT you’ll need to bare your chest area on the upper left side. Then some skin preparation is needed to ensure that the device can be securely fitted to your chest; this involves light skin abrasion and cleaning the skin with an alcohol wipe to ensure that the dead skin cells and any natural oils are cleaned away. If you have chest hair this will need to be shaved off.
Following the skin preparation the device can be pressed onto your skin following our guide that’s found within the box – this will usually take a few minutes. We advise that you don’t shower or heavily exercise for the first 24 hours to allow the device to fully adhere to your skin.
Fitting the Zio XT device only takes a few minutes, the device is then worn for up to 14 days.
Over the prescribed wear period you’ll be wearing the device on your skin, you can continue with all normal activities, in the knowledge that Zio captures every heartbeat.
At the end of the recording, you should return the device to iRhythm using the pre-paid returns packet via your local post box. The report will be available to your doctor usually between 2-4 days after the device has been received.
If you have any questions or concerns you can call and speak to your consultant’s secretary who will be able to share them with your consultant and advise accordingly. Please call 01424 757437.