What will the Holter Monitor record?
Using seven small patches, the Holter Monitor will record the electrical activity of your heart from three different angles for a 24 hour period. A small computer card will store all of the information. Upon your returning the monitor, the small card will be taken out of the recorder and placed in a computer to be analyzed.
What will the report tell my physician?
Every single heart beat which occurred during the time you wear the monitor will be counted and analyzed. This will allow your physician to determine if your symptoms are the result of an irregular heart beat or a lack of blood flow to your heart. Frequently, a Holter Monitor is ordered to determine the effectiveness of certain treatments for irregular heart beats.
Is there any special preparation?
There is no special preparation. However, you will need to wear lose fitting clothing. You will not be able to get the patches wet. Therefore, you will not be able to shower or bathe for a 24 hour period.
How long does the test last?
To hook the monitor up will take approximately 20 minutes. You will wear the monitor for 24 hours and then return it back to the lab. It will take approximately five minutes to remove the monitor.