Your Remote Heart Monitor
If you have or might have an irregular heartbeat, your doctor can use a monitor to gather more information about your condition. At Brookhaven Heart, our cardiologists often use Holter monitors or Cardionet event monitors to evaluate your heartbeat and determine the appropriate treatment measures.
A Portable Electrocardiogram
Doctors often use a highly accurate diagnostic tool called an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to obtain initial data about your heart’s rhythm. If an EKG reveals that you have an irregular heartbeat, your doctor might want to track the pattern of your heart over a longer period.
Holter and Cardionet heart monitors function as portable EKGs that allow your cardiologist to observe how your heart performs during normal daily activities. You can wear a Holter monitor for up to two days, and a Cardionet event monitor for up to four weeks.
What To Expect While Using a Holter or Event Monitor
Your heart specialist may use an ambulatory cardiac monitor – otherwise known as an event monitor or Holter monitor – to confirm a diagnosis of arrhythmia. These small electronic devices record the heart’s electrical activity using electrodes placed around the body. The monitor only remains in place for 24-48 hours at most.
To start, a nurse or technician will prepare your skin and place the electrodes. The monitor will then remain in place and turned on for 24 hours, during which it will record electrical activity in a diary. Patients should try their best to avoid objects known to cause interference, including magnets, microwaves, cell phones, and electric blankets. Follow the monitor’s instructions at all times!
How It Works
Both the Holter monitor and the Cardionet event monitor are noninvasive devices. They use small wires to transmit data from your chest to a small, discreet box that you wear during the testing period. After a few days or weeks, your doctor will remove the box and use the stored data to pull a full report of your heart’s performance.
Contact the Brookhaven Heart Team Today
To learn more about heart rhythm monitors, contact us by phone or via our online form.
Patchogue: (631) 654-3278
New Hyde Park: (631) 654-3278
Request an appointment with our online form.
Brookhaven Heart is here for your heart!