A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that records your heart’s activity continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer. You wear it while you go about your normal activities. The monitor tracks and records your heart’s activity (electrocardiogram) as you go about your normal activities.
The Holter monitor can be worn for a full day or even overnight. It is small and can be worn comfortably under your clothes. The monitor is connected to electrodes that are placed on your chest. The electrodes are connected to leads that are taped to your skin. The leads are connected to the monitor. You will wear a belt that holds the monitor in place. The monitor will record your heart’s activity for the entire time you are wearing it.
The Holter monitor is used to find out if you have a heart condition that is causing your symptoms. It can also be used to find out how well your heart is functioning after a heart attack or other heart event. The Holter monitor can also be used to check the effectiveness of heart medications.
The Holter monitor is not painful to wear. You may feel a slight discomfort from the electrodes and leads. You may also feel a slight tugging sensation when the monitor is first turned on. These sensations are normal and should go away quickly.
You will need to keep a diary of your activities while you are wearing the Holter monitor. This will help your doctor to interpret the results of the test. You should avoid strenuous activity and limit your activities to those that you would normally do during the day. You should also avoid showering or bathing while you are wearing the monitor. If you must shower, you should cover the monitor with a plastic bag.
You should return the Holter monitor to your doctor or the hospital as instructed. The monitor will be downloaded and the results will be interpreted by your doctor. The results of the test will be available in a few days.
The Holter monitor is a safe and painless way to find out if you have a heart condition. It is a valuable tool that can help your doctor to make a diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan.