Oh, that's something I didn't know. But yeah, there's still a chance I find out bad news about my heart, but I think that chance is fairly slim, at least based on what I've been told thus far.
But here's an interesting thing that happened... About midway through my event monitoring trial I missed a phone call from the cardiologist one night at about 9:30 pm. I didn't notice the missed call until the next morning while at work. They tried calling again while I was in the middle of a fairly important conference call with a client, so I had just dismissed the call, figuring it could wait.
I immediately noticed the missed call from the night before, as well as the notification that I had a new voicemail. I tabbed over and read the transcribed version of the voicemail and it said something to the affect of "Hi, this is so-and-so calling from the cardiology office, and it's very important that you call us back." I'm trying to keep myself composed because at the same time I'm holding a conversation with a client, but my mind was racing and all I could think was that the monitor must have recorded some alarming patterns with my heart. Why else would they call me so late at night when I don't even think they stay open that late?
I remember the client I was speaking with was talking a lot, and I was waiting for a good moment to get a word in and tell him I need to call him back. I did, and then I raced outside to find someplace quiet where I could have what could potentially be a life-changing conversation.
I call them back and after they verify who they are speaking with, they then proceed to ask me if I lost consciousness the night before.
"What!? No! When did this happen?" Clearly the EKG monitor must have recorded patterns that lead them to this conclusion, I assumed.
"Did you faint or pass out?"
"I don't think so, but maybe during my sleep? What time was this recorded?"
I remember my boss's wife had just arrived at the office with her kids and was walking inside, and I had done my best to say hello without making it obvious that I was getting bad news...
But I wasn't getting bad news. As it turns out, a symptom of "syncope" was submitted via the heart monitor... meaning that while in my pocket, the touch panel must have activated and conveniently selected "syncope" the previous evening. I'd submitted many symptoms over the previous couple of weeks, but never that one. Not intentionally. That specific symptom must be a red flag and it alerts someone to make contact with the individual to make sure they are okay.
So yeah, just a false alarm.
Sorry, that could have been a one paragraph story lol
Hahahah that call must've been the most terrifying thing in your life. We see all kind of stuff with those kind of devices. I live in Brazil, so we don't see that one with touch panels everywhere and we ask the patients to write down symptoms/events and that's where things can get funny hahah