Having a chronic neurological disorder causing unpredictable seizures or loss of awareness is already a burden, even difficult to bear if no one is there to help you. At Smart Monitor, we developed the wearable monitor for epilepsy detection to ease your suffering.
What are the first signs of a seizure?
Seizures are unpredictable but are usually preceded by temporary confusion or odd feelings, unusual smell or taste, or memory lapses. Not all the patients are getting the same warning signs. Some patients reported a kind of out-of-the-body sensation, or a daydreaming or falling episode, or even headaches and confusion.
Ideally, you should keep track of the warning signs you get and check if they associate with a seizure. You should also share this information with your caretakers and the medical team as they should be aware and get ready.
We would advise using the time given by the warning signs to go to a safe place for the rest of the seizure. If you are wearing an epilepsy detection monitor, it will also be useful to send an alert to the family or caretakers. This way, you will ensure that you are not alone, and someone will be there to help you.
Types of seizures
Seizures are the visible effect of epilepsy and in general are divided into two main groups: focal or partial, and generalized. The generalized model divides into several subcategories:
- Grand mal seizures – are the most visible. The patient can lose consciousness, and the body becomes stiff and shakes. Usually can last between one to three minutes, and if it is prolonged, the patient can have breathing problems or bite the tongue.
- Clonic type – are represented by muscle spasms that will make the body move rhythmically
- Tonic seizures – the muscles will become stiff. This type of seizure is usually happening during sleep. If you are awake at the time of the seizure, this may cause you to lose the balance and fall.
- Atonic – these are short time seizures lasting less than 15 seconds. Muscles will limp, causing you to drop the things you hold, or lose your balance
- Myoclonic seizures – are causing the body to shake like having an electric shock
- Petit mal seizures – usually last for a few seconds, causing the patient to seem disconnected from the outside world
The focal group of seizures also has a couple of subcategories:
- Simple focal – patients suffering this type of seizure may smell or taste something strange while their arms or fingers twitch.
- Complex focal seizures – usually are taking place in the part of the brain controlling emotions and patient may lose consciousness while still looking awake.
How do you monitor seizures?
There are several options available to monitor seizures from cameras to mattress devices, smartwatches, or anti-suffocation pillows. All the epilepsy detection devices are detecting the unusual shakings causing vibrations and trigger an alarm.
The seizures monitor developed by Smart Monitor will detect the abnormal motion and will send a text alert to the family or medical staff. It also incorporates a push button that the patient can use before the actual seizure can happen for a faster pre-alert.
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