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Holter and Event Monitoring

Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiologists, General Cardiology, Cardiology, Cardiologists & Cardiologist to Women's Health & Cardiology located in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Largo and Laurel, MD
Holter and Event Monitoring

Holter and Event Monitoring services offered in Lanham, Bowie, Camp Springs, Largo and Laurel, MD

Holter and event monitoring are painless ways to record your heartbeat away from the doctor's office. Each one is a small electrocardiogram (ECG) that you carry with you. They record your heartbeat for your doctor to review at a later time. The Holter records heartbeat nonstop for at least 24 hours. The event monitor lets you record your irregular heartbeat as you feel it. You simply press a button. You carry this monitor for at least 30 days.

When you receive a Holter monitor, small, painless pads (electrodes) are put on you chest. These connect to the lightweight unit, which attaches to a belt. You need to keep the device for at least 24 hours and complete a diary. While wearing the monitor, follow these tips:

  • Try to sleep on your back.
  • Don't take a shower. A sponge bath is OK.
  • Follow your normal routine. Don't avoid stress, work, or exercise.
  • If an electrode falls off or the unit makes a noise, call to see what you should do.

After you are shown how to use your event monitor, carry it with you all the time. When you feel a symptom, activate the monitor by pressing a button (wristwatch style) or holding it to your chest (small box or credit card style). Be sure to keep a diary. In the diary:

  • Write the date and time for each entry you make.
  • Note any symptoms you feel and what you are doing at that time.
  • Note when you take your medicine.