If you have an irregularity in your heart rhythm that seems to come and go, it may not be captured during the recording of an EKG. We offer two additional types of heart rhythm monitoring that may be used on an outpatient basis to record your heartbeat in different ways.
A Holter Monitor is a small device you can carry in your pocket or wear on a shoulder strap or your belt. The monitor records your heart activity for up to 48 hours. You may be asked to keep a diary of your activities, so your doctor can compare the recording with what you were doing at the time of your symptoms.
An Event Monitor is similar to a Holt Monitor, but it only records for a few minutes at specific times. The Event Monitor can automatically sense an abnormal heart rhythm and start recording, or you can also manually activate it when you feel symptoms. You can send the recordings to your doctor through your phone. You can wear the device for up to 30 days.
How Should I Prepare the Day Before the Procedure?
There’s nothing you need to do to prepare for these tests.
What Happens on the Day of the Procedure?
- Holter: A technician will place sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest that are connected to the battery-operated monitor with wires, and show you how to it. While you're wearing the monitor, you'll be able to go about your normal activities, making sure you keep the electrodes and device dry.
- Event: The technician will tape the small device directly to your chest, and provide any necessary instructions.