Holter Monitoring: What to Expect During the Test

The health of your cardiovascular system defines your overall wellness, so it shouldn’t be ignored. The Holter monitor is one of many different tools that you cardiologist can use to evaluate your heart health. If your doctor recommended a Holter monitoring test at your most recent appointment, here’s what you can expect.

What Is Holter Monitoring?

The Holter monitor is a tool that continuously records your electrical heart tracings (EKGs) for a 24 to 48 hour period. Since it is a small battery-operated device, the Holter monitor can be worn throughout your regular daily activities. This allows your cardiologist to review your EKGs after a few days and evaluate the results for signs of any heart rhythm problems.

Why Did Your Cardiologist Recommend a Holter Monitor?

Your doctor may ask you to wear a Holter Monitor if you have been experiencing certain symptoms that indicate cardiovascular concerns:

  • Heart palpitations like the sensations of skipped or extra heartbeats
  • Passing out
  • Abnormally fast heart rate
  • Unusually slow heart rate

If you really do have any type of heart problem, the Holter monitor will collect the data that your cardiologist needs to make an official diagnosis.

What To Expect While Wearing a Holter Monitor

Your Holter monitor will be noticeable but not intrusive. A couple of “leads” will be attached to your chest like stickers. They are connected to thin wires that connect into the Holter monitor. The monitor itself is usually kept in a pouch that can be attached to the pants or worn across the shoulders.

You will be able to maintain your regular schedule with only minor changes, like no swimming.  Your Holter monitor will track your heart activity as you eat, sleep, work, and more.

You will also need to keep a patient diary to record your timing and types of symptoms. Cross-referencing this diary with the data collected by your Holter monitor can help to trace symptoms and abnormalities.

This important diagnostic tool can help your doctor make a formal diagnosis and get you the cardiovascular treatment you need. To learn more, call Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute in Bradenton, Florida at (941) 744-1200 and make an appointment. Manatee Cardio offers comprehensive cardiovascular care and wellness programs to help you regain and maintain your health for years to come.

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