How Can I Monitor my Heart Rhythm at Home?

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Checking your heart rhythm can lead to a visit to your doctor. If you think you may have an irregular heartbeat like atrial fibrillation, there are several home EKG monitoring ways you can do to confirm your suspicion. Try these innovative, do-it-yourself ways to monitor your heart rhythm at home to detect Afib symptoms:

5 Ways to Monitor Your Heart Rhythm at Home

Pulse Check

Before checking your pulse, sit down and rest for at least five minutes and make sure to have a watch or a clock with a second hand available. If you have a hospital grade pulse oximeter at home you can use it check your pulse. If you don’t have a pulse oximeter you can check you pulse manually: extend your hand palm up, slightly bending your elbow, and place your middle and index fingers firmly and move them around the center of your wrist until you find your pulse. Remember to check for consistent heart rhythm, not your heartbeat.


Using an inexpensive stethoscope to monitor your heart rhythm is something you can also do at home. Get a watch or a clock to keep track of time within seconds, and then listen to your heart through your chest to see if it is beating nice and regularly, or if it’s jumping around.

Holter Monitor

Your healthcare provider may give you a home ECG monitor like Holter monitor if you have sporadic paroxysmal Afib episodes. This battery-operated portable device tracks your heart’s electrical activity for as long as you wear it, which is usually a few days. Using wireless cellular technology, it sends the recordings to your doctor’s office or a company that interprets the data. 

Smartphone Heart Rhythm Apps

Smartphones offer a new way for people to monitor their heart rhythm. A new generation of applications available on smartphones and activity trackers makes it easier than ever to screen for and monitor Afib.  Research published in the journal HeartRhythm in March 2013 found that the mobile app could accurately detect an abnormal pulse in people with atrial fibrillation by analyzing the signals captured on their iPhone.

Confirm Afib With a Wireless, Home EKG Monitoring Device

The best way to confirm an Afib diagnosis is to get a personal electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) from your healthcare provider. This is considered the most reliable and accurate way to diagnose the condition and to tell what type of atrial fibrillation you have when you’re at home or on the go. SonoHealth offers a wireless, mobile-friendly EKG device that helps patients with AFib and other types of arrhythmias record their heart rhythms at any time, anywhere in 30 seconds or less. 
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How does this device work?

When you feel an irregular heartbeat, hold the device between your hands for 10 seconds. The sensors act as electrodes measuring and recording your heart’s electrical activity. It can also record multiple LEADs to show you a complete picture of your heart health. You’ll then receive instant analysis, and it is then synced to your smartphone where you can view, email, or print your ECG report. Send the EKG data results to your doctor to avoid unnecessary ER visits and save money. Whether you monitor your heart rhythm by checking your pulse, listening to your heart, or using a take-home heart monitor, if your home tests indicate a possible abnormality, contact your doctor immediately to confirm the diagnosis and start a treatment plan.

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