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Holter Promotion from Alba Medical

Hi everyone, thought you might be interested as I saw this on facebook.
Albamedical is introducing a new financing option to purchase digital holters, and as a thank you to help testing it out are offering a discount of 100$ today.

This was posted by the Alba med facebook page
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Hey Facebook friends - our online store company "Square" just added a program where you can pay for a Holter in 3, 6 or 12 months. I think the interest rate is 9.9%. If you are willing to help us try out this new feature, I will give you a $100 discount on a new DR200, so that might cover the interest. (Your cost = $1195 instead of $1295). Send me an email at jziemann(at)albamedical(dot)com, and I will send you an invoice, and you can then select 3, 6, or 12 month payment.
Additionally you can factor a vest into the total cost, and if you have an old analog holter to trade in, that will be discounted on your total price.
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I'm thinking of buying one even though I can use one that my club owns - it is just a pain to get it from the club and get it back. Not sure yet.

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It seems like a common sense thing for people on DT to work out some "time share" use.
A small group of maybe a dozen could pass a unit among themselves.

Is this a fragile machine that is susceptible to costly malfunctions?
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It seems like a common sense thing for people on DT to work out some "time share" use.
A small group of maybe a dozen could pass a unit among themselves.

Is this a fragile machine that is susceptible to costly malfunctions?
I wouldn't say it is fragile but it is an expensive machine and I do believe that you have to double check with insurances and the guarantee to see if you can lend/lease it out, or be ready to eat the cost should anything happen. For the most part the protective vest and velcro belt do a good job of keeping the machine safe, the only other thing I did was put the actual monitor in a plastic ziploc bag to protect it from water (since it was rainy when I last holtered Nadia).
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Don't you need a vet to interpret the results, specifically a canine cardiologist?
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Don't you need a vet to interpret the results, specifically a canine cardiologist?
You need to, at the very least, pay Alba to send you the results each time you do a holter reading. Currently the cost is $30 per 24 hour holter. If you are familiar with what the reading should look like and the reading is "normal" (as in, you have 0 or almost 0 VPCs (singles) and no runs, you probably do not need a cardiologist to read it. If there's anything unusual, yes, you need a cardiologist appointment, because something is atypical and you'll need an appointment anyway. Plus, you'll be getting a regular echo, too, and that's with a cardiologist, so hopefully you have a relationship with one already.


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My December tapes were $40 each for the readings. It's either gone up, or that's for the old cassette tapes? (which is what I'm still using)

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My December tapes were $40 each for the readings. It's either gone up, or that's for the old cassette tapes? (which is what I'm still using)
Must be for the old tapes...I just paid $30 this week for the digital readings.


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Must be for the casset tapes--just Holtered Toad last week and it was $30.

Even though my local Chapter Club (Mt Hood DPC) has an excellent lending policy on Holter Equipment at a point in time where between a friend and me we had 7 dobes (her--4 and me 3) and the pickup spot for the Holter gear was on the opposite side of Portland we decided that a bargain on a first generation digital Alba unit (the 2nd generation units were just out--at $1,200) and we could buy it at $900 fully refurbished was going to be the way to go. And it has been.

We're equal partners on this (a joint endeavor) and if one of our dogs damages anything the owner gets to buy a new one. Knock on wood nothing has ever been damaged--not even the wires on the electrical harness (we know several people who got to buy the club new wire harnesses because of bad dog damage)

It's worked well for us...particularly when for two different Dobes my friend needed to Holter every month for several months--the gear was all right there and neither of us had to run to the other side of town (after making sure one of the club units was available) to pick up the unit.

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Huh, the blue Holter Monitoring Request Forms that they send out with their kits say it's $40, and that's what I got charged. However, those kits I order are obviously the kits containing cassette tapes. So, I guess that's the difference.

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Yes I believe I remember seeing on their website that the cassette tape readings are slightly more expensive than the digital readings now. Since the digital readings are pretty simple as you just insert the card in your computer, drag and drop the files into the alba submission portal and voila.

It's I think 30-40$ more to get an official report from their cardiologist (usually Dr Carl Sammarco) and you can pay a little bit more to have the results interpreted and sent in for OFA.
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