Cardiac Event Monitoring
CARDIAC EVENT MONITORING
When patients report frequent symptoms of palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest discomfort, or lightheadedness, a complete recording of the patient’s heart rate over a 24 hour period is useful. Such a recording is called a Holter Monitor (after the physician who invented this tool). The device is the size of a large beeper and is worn around the neck or in a pocket. It attaches to the skin with three electrodes and records the heart rhythm onto a memory chip in side the device. Once it is returned to the office, the recording is reviewed and analyzed. The results are usually available within a few days from the time the recorder is returned to the office.