Heart monitor

The heart monitor, also known as a cardiorespiratory monitor, is a machine that shows a constant readout of breathing, heart rhythm, and heart rate. This machine is connected by three wires (leads) to the stomach, arm or leg, and chest, with each wire resting on the skin and held in place by a small adhesive patch.

The heart monitor sounds an alarm when heart or breathing rates fall above or below a safe level.

Last Updated: May 5, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Jennifer Merchant, MD - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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