Holter Monitor/Ambulatory Electrocardiogram Device/Event Monitor
What is it?
Holter monitor is a small, wearable battery operated a portable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm continuously for a period of 24 hours or longer and keeps a record of it.
Who needs it?
Reasons, why your doctor may suggest you wear a Holter monitor, include symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure, prolonged fatigue, and palpitations, slow heart rate or skip beats continuing to occur without a definitive diagnosis obtained with a resting ECG.
Certain arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), which can cause the symptoms, may occur only intermittently or may occur just under certain conditions, such as stress or activity. Arrhythmias of this type are difficult to obtain on an ECG tracing that only runs for a few minutes. Thus, the physician will request a Holter monitor that you can take home that can capture the heart rhythm.
Who does it?
A trained paramedical/nursing staff will fix the device. The qualified professional will place electrodes (small stickers) to your skin in the designated area. It is a portable device with small wires which will be connected through electrodes in your body to record the electrical signal in your heart. The device is connected to via a Bluetooth mobile.
Does it need any preparation?
It is always important to have as much information as possible when you come for your test; especially the details of why you were referred. Bringing whatever medical records you have will be very helpful.
Keep the Holter monitor dry to ensure it functions properly. Men are requested to shave their chest, take a shower before their appointment to have the monitor fitted and not apply any lotions or creams. Avoid activities that might lead to the monitor getting wet. Magnetic and electrical fields may interfere with the function of the Holter monitor. Otherwise, you can continue with all your regular activities.
When can I expect the report?
Once the device is detached, the report will take around 1-3 days, depending on the complexity, as it needs interpretation by a Cardiologist.
Holter/Ambulatory Device which we use at RxDx
At RxDx, we use a Remote Intelligent Holter which provides real-time analysis for episodes as they occur. It creates an automatic workflow on the cloud for reporting and alerting a cardiologist on his Smartphone.