New Heart Monitor in Use at Tennessee Heart is First in the State

Submitted on: Thursday, July 7, 2016
New Heart Monitor in Use at Tennessee Heart is First in the State

Cookeville, Tenn. – Tennessee Heart, through electrophysiologist Mark Wathen, MD, now offers patients a new kind of heart monitor and is the first in Tennessee to do so. The new Body Guardian® heart monior is a small, lightweight, wireless, nonintrusive monitor worn by the patient that delivers data from the patient via smartphone technology.

The FDA-cleared heart monitor records important physiological data such as heart rhythm, ECG, respiratory rate and activity. Through Bluetooth, the smartphone can also capture other physiological measurements like blood oxygen, glucose levels, blood pressure and weight from other approved devices anytime, anywhere.

The new monitor is a cutting-edge approach that allows healthcare providers to monitor key biometrics outside the clinical setting while patients go about their daily lives, thus safeguarding their health and safety every day. Remote monitoring allows for a constant connection between patients and their care teams, increasing compliance with treatment plans and improving quality of life.

About Tennessee Heart

The physicians at Tennessee Heart are on the medical staff at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and provide services through the Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional. Currently staffed with ten cardiologists and one electrophysiologist (heart rhythm specialist), Tennessee Heart originally opened in 1994 and has a patient base consisting of people from counties throughout the Upper Cumberland and southern Kentucky. In addition to its main office in Cookeville, Tennessee Heart has outreach clinics Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Jamestown, Sparta, Livingston, Celina and Albany, Kentucky.

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Photo: Mark Wathen, MD, Electrophysiologist and Heart Arrhythmia Specialist, Tennessee Heart

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