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Use of Holter Heart Monitor

Function and Purpose of a Holter heart monitor

It may be a somewhat disturbing to consider being attached to a heart monitor throughout the day and night for 24 hours, especially when you suspect you may have heart issues. Somehow this seems to reinforce that your doctor feels there is something seriously wrong.. However when your physician prescribes a Holter monitor, in fact it is a very prudent and non-invasive procedure, which will indicate with accuracy whether your concerns are warranted, and that allows selection of the best treatment methods for your situation.

The Holter monitor doesn’t require much preparation on the part of the patient, and is attached within minutes. The only real requirement for the comfort of the patient is that he/she wears loose clothing. Men with hairy chests may also have small areas shaved in order to attach the small, sticky circular patches, which are the electrodes. The wires from the electrodes go to a very small tape recorder. This records heart rhythm and events during After the required 24 hours the Holter monitor can be removed. This is usually done at the hospital laboratory, or at the doctor’s office, or wherever it was initially fitted. Again, this is a simple procedure, and quite painless. At this time the log is also returned.
the time the patient is attached to the Holter.

Now, there are interactive requirements for the patient too. In order not to damage the recorder, it seems to make sense that a shower is off limits. The patient should go about normal daily activities, and is provided with a log in which to record his/her activities throughout the time of the test, when stressors occur. These may be symptoms like dizziness, palpitations or any other times that cause chest discomfort. In the log the patient notes what activities were happening when the symptoms occurred, possibly when stairs were climbed, or having an argument with someone, just to give two examples.

Once the technicians remove the tapes that are recorded by the Holter monitor they can scan the many ECG strips, and the computer-generated information with them that show all the details of heart activity during the recording. If the technician sees adverse types of information your physician will be advised immediately. The best thing to come out of undergoing the Holter monitor test is that your doctor is able to make treatment decisions based on accurate knowledge obtained over the 24 hours of your life that has been carefully examined.