A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that is used to record your heart’s electrical activity. The device is usually worn for 24 to 48 hours. The recorded data is then analyzed to look for any abnormal heart rhythms. Holter monitors are often used to diagnose and monitor heart conditions such as arrhythmias.
In this article, we will discuss how to read Holter monitor results. We will cover the different types of Holter monitors, how the data is recorded, and how to interpret the results.
Types of Holter Monitors
There are two main types of Holter monitors: event monitors and continuous monitors.
Event monitors are worn for a period of time (usually 1 to 2 weeks) and only record data when the patient experiences symptoms such as a rapid heart rate or chest pain. The data is then downloaded from the monitor and analyzed by a doctor.
Continuous monitors are worn for a longer period of time (usually 24 to 48 hours) and record data continuously. The data is stored on the monitor and can be downloaded and analyzed at any time.
How the Data is Recorded
Holter monitors record the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes that are attached to the skin. The electrodes are connected to the monitor by wires. The monitor records the electrical activity of the heart and stores the data on a memory card.
The data is then downloaded from the monitor and analyzed on a computer. The computer software looks for any abnormal heart rhythms.
How to Interpret the Results
The results of a Holter monitor test are interpreted by a doctor. The doctor will look for any abnormal heart rhythms and will also look at the overall heart rate.
The results of the test will be given to the patient in a report. The report will show the doctor’s interpretation of the results and will also include any recommendations for further testing or treatment.
If you have been given a Holter monitor test, it is important to follow up with your doctor to discuss the results.