The Holter monitor is compact. It's wider than a deck of cards. Several cables are connected to the monitor. These cables/leads pipes are linked to electrodes placed with glue-like gel on the skin of your chest. The metal electrodes transmit heart activity through wires into the 'Holter' monitor, where it's recorded.
A small pocket/pouch is placed around your neck, holding the 24 hour holter monitor. Your doctor will ask to keep the monitor and the sensor close to your body during the test period to make sure the measurements are accurate. Your doctor will teach you how to reattach electrodes if they become loose or fall off during the Your doctor will teach you how to reattach concerned electrodes if they become loose or fall off during holter monitoring test.
In addition to the instructions and what not to do while wearing holter monitoring machine, you'll get instructions on how to take care of the holter monitor and what product you should not do while wearing it. It is very important to stay away from bathing, showering, and swimming while you have the monitor on.
You are highly encouraged to participate in all your normal activities while performing the Holter monitoring test. You will have to record all your activities in a notebook. With holter monitoring system, your doctor can determine if certain changes in your heart are caused by your behaviors and movements.
ECG Holter Monitor:-
A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heartbeat. You might want to wear a Holter machine for a day or two. The device records all the heartbeats during this time.
A Holter monitoring test is performed to check your heart function if a traditional test does not provide the result in sufficient terms. Your doctor uses data collected by the Holter monitor to see if you have a problem with your heart rate. If your irregular heartbeat is not monitored by standard Holter, your doctor may suggest a wireless ECG Holter monitor that can work for weeks.
Use of ECG Holter Monitor:-
If you have signs or symptoms of a heart problem, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or unexplained fainting, your doctor may use an electrocardiogram to guide your care. But in some cases, the ECG does not detect any irregularities in the heart rhythm because the patient's heart is only connected to the ECG for a short period of time. In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you wear a Holter monitoring system if you have some signs and symptoms that suggest that your heart is slightly irregular.
You may be able to detect abnormal rhythm on the Holter monitor as well as EKG results over time.
Your doctor might use a Holter monitoring machine if you have a heart condition that increases your risk of abnormal heart rhythm. Your doctor may suggest you wear a Holter for a short period of time, even if you haven't had any symptoms of an abnormal heartbeat.
How to prepare yourself For Holter Monitoring Test?
You will have the device placed at your scheduled appointment if your Doctor recommends Holter Monitoring. If not told by your doctor, plan to bath before that appointment. Once you start monitoring, most monitors can't be removed or kept dry. There will be a health technician to place electrodes on your chest to monitor your heartbeat. These electrodes are small. For men, the electrodes are placed to make sure the shaved area easily stick.
The technician will connect the electrode to an electronic recording device, and teach you how to use the recording device properly so that the data transferred through the electrodes can be recorded. The recording device is not much larger than a deck of cards.
During your monitor wearing, you are instructed to keep a journal of all the activities you do. Any symptoms of palpitation, skip heartbeat, breathlessness, chest pain or light-headedness are especially important for recording on a diary. Usually, a form will be provided that helps you record your activities and symptoms.
Following the instructions provided by the doctor and with the help of the monitor you are fit to go back home.