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Holter Monitor

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A Holter monitor is a small device a patient wears to track the rhythm of their heart. Typically, the doctor requires the patient to wear a Holter monitor for one to two days in order to record the patient’s heartbeats over a lengthy period of time.

This monitoring test is usually recommended by the doctor if the patient had an electrocardiogram that yielded poor or inconclusive results; if the patient’s symptoms suggest an irregular heart rhythm only occurs occasional and may be the underlying cause of the condition; or the patient has a heart condition that increases the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm.

This information is used by the doctor to see if the patient has a heart rhythm problem. Sometimes, the doctor may recommend the use of a wireless Holter monitor, which tracks the heartbeat over several weeks.

There are no know risks connected with wearing a Holter monitor except possible skin irritation where the electrodes are placed. Since the monitor can’t get wet, no swimming or bathing is allowed. If the doctor has requested the patient wear a wireless Holter monitor, the technician or doctor will show the patient how to disconnect and reconnect the sensors and the monitor so showering and bathing can be done.

Patients are asked to stay away from metal detectors, magnets, microwave ovens, electric blankets, and electric razors and electric toothbrushes when wearing the monitor because some pieces of electrical equipment can interrupt the signal. Patients are also asked to keep cell phones and iPods and other portable, electronic music players at least 6 inches from the monitor.

This is a non-invasive and painless procedure and an important test to help the doctor determine if a patient has a heart condition.