Holter Monitor And Event Monitor with MD24 House Call
Posted on March 17, 2015
Holter and event monitors are battery-powered devices that you use to record your heart’s electrical activity. They are the same as an EKG (electrocardiogram). An EKG is a simple test that detects and records the heart’s electrical activity. It is a common test to diagnose heart rhythm problems. However, a standard EKG only records the heartbeat for a few seconds and will not detect heart rhythm problems that do not happen during the test. For this reason, your doctor may give you a Holter monitor or an event monitor. These monitors are small and portable. You can wear it while you are doing your normal daily activities, so the monitor can record your heart rhythm for a longer time than an EKG. Using these devices can increase the chance of recording symptoms that only occur once in a while.
Holter monitor occasionally is called continuous EKGs (electrocardiograms). This is because Holter monitors record your heart rhythm continuously for 24 to 48 hours. A Holter monitor is about the size of a large deck of cards. You can attach it to your belt using a clip or carry it in your pocket. Wires connect the device to sensors (called electrodes) that are stuck to your chest with sticky patches. These sensors detect your heart’s electrical signals, and the monitor records your heart rhythm.
Event monitors are the same as Holter monitors but tend to be smaller than Holter monitors because they don’t need to store as much data. Most Event monitors have wires which connect the device to sensors. The sensors are attached to your chest with sticky patches. Unlike Holter monitors, event monitors do not continuously record your heart’s electrical activity. They only record the heart rhythm when an abnormally fast or slow heart beat occurs, or when you activate the monitor. For many Event monitors, you need to start the device when you feel symptoms. Some Event monitors start automatically if they identify unusual heart beats. Different types of Event monitors work in slightly different ways. Your doctor will show you how to use the monitor before you begin wearing it.
The following are some reasons why we need to use a Holter monitor recording or event monitor recording, but not all:
- To assess chest pain not reproduced with exercise testing
- To assess other signs and symptoms that may be heart-related, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting
- To detect irregular heartbeats or palpitations
If you have any sign above and want to monitor your heart, call us today. Do not hesitate because it may be the first sign of serious illness (especially in the elderly), which early diagnosis will help better treatment. Just one call, you will receive the care and advisory of an enthusiastic doctor at your house.
With full equipment EKG, Holter and event monitors, CXR, etc., we bring the best Cardiac Monitoring at Home service. Medicare and most insurance carriers cover the cost of this service. To register as a patient, you can either call us at (888) 632-4758 – FREE and press option #4 for registration or go to our website.