There are two types of heart monitors we use:
The Holter Monitor is a continuous tape recording of a patient’s EKG for 24 hours. This data will help the physician evaluate the type and/or amount of irregular heart beats during a patient’s regular daily activities, as well as correlate symptoms of dizziness, palpitations or blackouts. Since the recording covers 24 continuous hours, Holter monitoring is much more likely to detect an abnormal heart rhythm in comparison to a regular EKG, which lasts less than a minute.
The Event Monitor is a longer term monitoring over a 30 day period. Instructions are given on using the monitor to record specific heart activity and sending the signals to the lab for interpretation using the patient’s home phone.
Special instructions will be given to the patient at the time either monitor is applied.