A Holter monitor is a small wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) which tracks and records your heart rhythm. Your doctor uses the information captured by the Holter to determine whether or not you have a problem with your heart rhythm.
Although wearing the Holter might feel a little inconvenient, it can be an important test to help diagnose an underlying heart condition. You will need to wear the Holter for at least 24 hours and complete a personal diary.
Tips for Using Your Monitor
Electrical sources can affect the recording so please stay away from: electric blankets, magnets, metal detectors, and high-voltage areas (such as power lines).
Follow your normal routine. Do not avoid stress, work or exercise.
Sleeping and Washing
Try not to sleep on your back. Do not take a shower or bath. A sponge bath is OK.
- Make an entry every time change activity for example sitting, walking, or taking medicine
- Note any symptoms that you feel
- Write down the time every time you note an activity or a new symptom
- The doctor will compare the changes in your heartbeat with your activities
What to do if an electrode falls off or if the unit begins making noise:
If an electrode falls off or the unit starts to make a noise, call Bassett Healthcare Network at 607-547-3180 to see what you should do.