An arrhythmia is an occasional or consistent problem with the rhythm or rate of your heartbeat. Your heart may be beating too fast, too slow, or beating with an irregular rhythm. During an arrhythmia, some people may feel a fluttering in their chest or that their heart is suddenly racing.
Fatigue, lightheadedness or fainting may also be symptoms of an arrhythmia. Some arrhythmias do not cause any symptoms. There are many types of arrhythmias. Some arrhythmias are harmless, but some can be serious or even life-threatening. If an arrhythmia is severe or lasts long enough to affect how the heart works, it may prevent the heart from pumping enough blood to the body.
Even serious arrhythmias can be successfully treated. Before treatment your doctor must first determine where in the heart an arrhythmia may be happening and whether or not it is abnormal.
This video offers easy you step by step instructions.
The Zio monitor is recording and storing every heartbeat while you are wearing it. Your physician will use the data recorded by the monitor and analyzed by iRhythm to diagnose your heart rhythm and figure out reasons for your irregular heartbeat, and determine a proper course of action.
Wear the Zio monitor according to your physician prescribed wear time but no longer than 14 days. NOTE: Based on individual wear experiences your actual wear time may be shorter than prescribed.
Yes. The Zio system should not be worn by patients with known allergic reactions to adhesives or hydrogels or who have a family history of adhesive skin allergies; in combination with external cardiac defibrillators or high frequency surgical equipment; near strong magnetic fields or devices such as MRI; on patients with a neuro-stimulator, as it may disrupt the quality of ECG data; on patients who do not have the competency to wear the device for the prescribed monitoring period. Please refer to your Patient Instructions & Button Press Log booklet for further information regarding possible skin irritations while wearing the Zio monitor.
If you feel a symptom, such as a racing heart or fluttering in your chest, press the button located in the center of the Zio monitor. Use the “Button Press Log” section of the Patient Instructions Booklet or the myZio app (iPhone or Android) or the myzio.com website to add a description of your symptoms and the date and time of the button press.
Please choose either the booklet or the myZio app (iPhone or Android) or the myzio.com website for recording your symptoms, but not both. While pressing the button is important to mark the time of a symptom, the Zio monitor is recording every heartbeat whether the button is pressed or not.
Recording your symptoms and activities gives your physician additional information about what potential heart beat irregularity may have caused the symptom. While this is useful information to include, the more important thing is to press the button.
At the end of the time your doctor instructed you to wear the Zio monitor it’s very important for you to send it to iRhythm Technologies the day you remove the monitor so we can analyze your heart activity recorded by the monitor and provide the doctor your comprehensive Zio report.
First, follow the monitor removal directions in your Patient Instructions and Button Press Log booklet. Then, simply place the Zio monitor in the convenient postage pre-paid return box, and mail it at the Post Office, drop it in a United States Postal System (blue) mailbox or give it to your mail carrier. The return address is already printed on the box.
Call iRhythm Customer Service at 1-888-693-2401.
For the first 24 hours of wear time, please avoid getting the Zio monitor wet in the shower or by excessive sweating during exercise. This will allow the special adhesive to stick to your skin effectively without falling off during the rest of your wear period.
After 24 hours you may shower, exercise and carry on with your regular activities. It is worn while you sleep, so there is no need to remove the Zio patch at night or change the patch or charge the battery. The Zio monitor will keep recording as long as the patch remains attached to you.
Yes, you may exercise moderately, but excessive sweating can cause the monitor to slide, become loose, fall off, and shorten wear time. Avoid activities that cause excessive sweating. In addition, the ZIO Patch should not be submerged in water, therefore, activities such as swimming should be avoided.
Yes, but showers should be brief. Keep soaps and lotions away from the Zio monitor. When towel-drying, hold the patch down with one hand. Press the monitor against your skin to make sure it is secure.
Yes, but keep the Zio monitor above water.
No. The Zio monitor should not be submerged in water.
Yes. If questioned during security screening, show the security statement provided in the Patient Instructions & Button Press Log booklet.
While pressing the button is important, the Zio monitor is designed to record every heartbeat, whether or not you press the button.
While the Button Press Log information is useful, pressing the button indicates that you felt your symptoms at that time.
That's okay. The Zio monitor is designed to capture every heartbeat, and iRhythm will be able to provide a comprehensive Zio report to your physician.
When the monitor was applied to your chest, the staff at your physician’s office made sure that the monitor was working correctly. While working properly, the monitor will not flash or make any sound.
If you see the Zio monitor flashing orange, it just means that the monitor is not well attached to your skin; this does not mean there is a problem with your heart.
Press evenly on the monitor for 3 to 5 minutes. If flashing persists or reoccurs, call iRhythm Customer Service at 1-888-693-2401.
Call iRhythm Customer Service at 1-888-693-2401.
Yes. The Zio monitor may move slightly from its original position. A blue gel may become visible under the wings of the monitor.
Yes, the wings of the monitor may appear cloudy after a few days of wear.
Some patients have reported minor skin irritation and/or itching while wearing the Zio monitor. If the irritation or itching is severe or hives or blisters develop please call iRhythm Customer Service at 1-888-693-2401.
Depending on your medical insurance plan and factors such as your deductible status, there may be a cost to you for the Zio system. Please refer to our Insurance and Billing page to learn more about your possible costs.