Holter Monitor — Diagnosis on the Go

Have you ever taken your automobile for repairs, only for the problem to mysteriously disappear as soon as the technician gets your keys? You know how frustrating this can be, and it’s even more maddening when the problem pops back up as soon as you head home.

In cases like this, wouldn’t it be great if your mechanic could monitor your car when it’s not in their care? They’d probably be able to diagnose the problem if they had 24 hours’ worth of data to analyze.

A similar situation can play out when you visit the doctor. You experience problems that just won’t show up during in-office testing. Even the most advanced medical testing equipment can’t replicate your day-to-day activities. 

This is where Holter and event monitors come into play. These devices track and monitor your heart through a certain period to give your doctor valuable data when trying to reach a hard-to-determine diagnosis.

Are you worried about your cardiovascular health? Come see the team at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants. Erick E. Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and Cynthia Bosch, ARNP, offer state-of-the-art comprehensive cardiovascular care to patients of all ages.

Dr. Calderon is a board-certified cardiologist and a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association. He invests in advanced technology and emerging practices to offer the absolute best care to his patients.

Holter monitor basics

A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that’s about the size of a digital camera or iPod. The monitor is attached to your chest by electrodes that record every heartbeat while you’re wearing the device. You typically wear the device from 24-48 hours

If Dr. Calderon wants to monitor your heart for a longer period of time, he has you wear a smaller event monitor, which can be used for up to a month.

Who needs Holter monitors?

You might need a Holter monitor if you’re having heart problems that don’t show up on the electrocardiogram, a device that measures your heart rhythm. Dr. Calderon may assign you a Holter monitor for any of the following reasons:

The large amount of data produced by a Holter monitor gives Dr. Calderon a more complete understanding of your heart health.

What to expect

You should wear loose-fitting clothing on the day of your appointment; this makes it easier to place the electrodes. Men with hairy chests should shave beforehand — the electrodes must be able to stick directly to your skin.

You should be able to go about your daily life while wearing the monitor. It can either hang around your chest like an ID badge or attach to the waistline of your pants. You need to keep a diary while wearing the monitor for two main purposes. 

First, you track your day so Dr. Calderon can get a better reading on the data collected by the monitor. You also note the time and activity of any irregularities, like shortness of breath. 

A Holter monitor is the perfect tool for cardiac diagnostics on the go. Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants uses it to make sure you’re in top heart health. Call the team at 941-404-7958 to set up an appointment at our Bradenton office today, or you can use the convenient online booking feature. Also, feel free to send a message to the team here on the website.

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