What to Expect From a Holter Monitor
Undergoing a Holter monitor procedure is painless and noninvasive. The electrodes and wires attached to your body may be hidden underneath clothing, and the recording device is often attached to a belt or a strap. If do not want anyone to see the device, the entire system is simple to hide. Once the monitoring begins, it’s important not to remove the Holter monitor. It must always be worn, even while sleeping.
While wearing the Holter monitor, you’re entirely able to carry out your typical daily activities. Your doctor will explain exactly how long to wear the monitor during your visit. The time frame may vary from 24 to 48 hours, on average. Of course, this is dependent on whatever condition your doctor suspects and how frequently you experience telltale symptoms of a heart issue. Some monitors, such as a wireless telemetry monitor can be used when the symptoms are not very frequent.
Furthermore, your doctor will request a diary of your daily activities. You’ll want to write down exactly what you’ve done while wearing the monitor. It’s crucial to write down any symptoms you experience, including chest pain, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeats.
After Your Procedure
Once the specific time for monitoring is complete, you’ll return to the doctor’s office. Your doctor will examine your written diary. Data from the recorder and the activities you jotted down will be compared to help provide insight into your heart condition.
Once the results are in, your doctor will discuss everything with you. In some cases, your doctor may not be able to immediately diagnose your condition based on the results. This is especially likely if you experienced no symptoms while wearing the Holter monitor.
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