About Holter monitor
A Holter monitor (or ambulatory electrocardiogram) is a device that continuously records the heart’s rhythm while an individual goes about his/her daily activities. The device is programmed to record the heart rhythm for a set period of time, usually 24 or 48 hours.
Small adhesive patches that detect heart rhythms are placed on the chest. These are connected to the monitor using wires.
While a Holter monitor is not a comfortable device to wear, it provides your vascular doctor in Jackson Heights with critical information regarding the functioning of your heart. Some of the main reasons for wearing a Holter Monitor include:
- Detecting irregular heart beats.
- Diagnosing any heart attacks that may have occurred in the past.
- Identifying poor blood flow to the heart muscle.
- Examining the response of the heart to a pacemaker.
- Determining the effectiveness of medications.
- Determining the cause of chest pains, breathlessness and dizziness.
If you think you need a Holter Monitor Test Queens cardiologists at Roosevelt Cardiology are the best in the Jackson Heights Area.
When undergoing the test, you need to carry on with your daily activities as normal. This means that you may continue to eat and drink before and during the test. You need to keep the monitor dry at all times. You will not be able to shower/bathe until the test is over and the monitor is removed. Wearing a loose fitting shirt or blouse will allow for easier placement of the electrodes on the chest. The doctor will shave any hair on the areas where the electrodes need to be placed.Your Jackson Heights Cardiologist will place the electrodes. You’ll wear the monitor in a pouch. We can place the pouch around your neck as well as your waist or shoulder. Depending upon what your vascular doctor in Jackson Heights is trying to determine, he or she will ask you to make a record of your various activities. You will need to record things such as the amount as well as the type of any exercise, the timing of any medications etc.
You need to remember to never disconnect the monitor while it is operating. When you return the monitor to your heart doctor in Jackson Heights, he/she will analyze the report generated and based upon the results discuss the next step with you.