Why Holter Monitoring?
If you have signs or symptoms of a heart problem, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), your doctor may order a test called an electrocardiogram. The electrocardiogram is a brief, non-invasive test using an ECG Machine in which electrodes taped to your body check your heart’s rhythm.
Sometimes an electrocardiogram fails to detect any irregularities in your heart rhythm during the brief examination. If your symptoms suggest an occasionally irregular heart rhythm is causing your medical condition, your doctor may recommend wearing a Holter monitor for one to three days. While the ECG Machine only analyzes heart rhythm for a few minutes, the Holter monitor constantly monitors heart rhythm throughout the day. The Holter monitor will record abnormal heart rhythms regardless of the time of day it occurs.
Using the Holter Monitor
A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that records your heart rhythm over one to three days. During that time, the device records all heartbeats. The Holter monitor consists of electrodes that are attached to your chest with adhesive and then connected to a small recording device you wear at all times. The process is similar to receive a test with an ECG machine; however, you keep the electrodes attached to your body at all times.
Your doctor uses information captured on the Holter monitor’s recording device to determine if you have a heart rhythm problem. Although wearing a Holter monitor might seem inconvenient, this important test may help diagnose your condition.
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