What is a Holter Monitor?
The Holter Monitor is a small battery-powered device that records the heart activity. Your device records your ECG continuously from 24 hours to 7 days.
As you wear the Holter Monitor, you will be advised to do all your regular daily activities.
When is Holter Monitoring indicated?
A regular ECG can diagnose heart rate and frequency, as well as other abnormalities that may affect normal cardiac function. However, cardiac symptoms often occur at home, at work or in other circumstances where you can not immediately benefit from an ECG. You may have experienced heart rhythm irregularities, palpitations, chest pain, heart breaks that do not occur when the ECG is performed because you are connected to the device for a very short period of time. Monitoring for a longer period of time is required to record these events.
In our clinic you can benefit from devices that can record your heart activity for up to 7 days.
How does it work?
The Holter Monitor is very small, as half of a pack of playing cards. Several cables are attached to the monitor that connect with electrodes placed on the skin of your chest. Your doctor will show you how to reattach the electrodes if they detach themselves during the monitoring period. You will receive instructions on how to take care of the monitor and what to do while you wear it. It is important to avoid bathing, showering and swimming while wearing the monitor. You are encouraged to participate in your normal activities during Holter monitoring. Wearing the Holter monitor does not involve risks.
After the recommended monitoring period has passed, you will return to our clinic to remove the device. The doctor will read the monitor recording. Depending on the test results, you may be advised to perform additional tests before a definitive diagnosis is made.