If you’ve experienced signs of a heart problem, such as an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or unexplained fainting, Erick E. Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, in Bradenton and Sarasota County, Florida, can prescribe a Holter monitor or event monitor. These devices measure and record your heart rate for extended periods of time. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Holter and event monitors are portable, wearable devices that record your heartbeat. The devices include electrodes that are stuck to your chest and a portable recording unit that you can wear with a shoulder strap or belt. Dr. Calderon will ask you to keep a diary of any symptoms or events that occur while you’re wearing the device.
If Dr. Calderon wants to record your heartbeat for a day or two, he will provide a Holter monitor, which is only for short-term use. For longer-term use, he will provide an event monitor. Event monitors can use used for up to a month.
Dr. Calderon may ask you to wear a Holter or event monitor if you’ve been having symptoms of heart problems that don’t show up during in-office testing. The wearable monitors can record your heart rate for up to a month. This large amount of data will allow Dr. Calderon to develop a more comprehensive understanding of your heart health.
One of the health specialists at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants will fit you with your Holter or event monitor. You should wear loose-fitting clothing on the day of your appointment, so your provider can easily place your electrodes. Men may need to shave their chest hair so the electrodes can stick securely.
Your health specialist will give you specific instructions to follow while you wear the monitor. However, in general, you should be able to go about your daily responsibilities and activities as you would normally.
If you have any symptoms, such as chest pain, irregular heartbeats, or shortness of breath, you should record them in your diary. You should include the date and time, and what you were doing at the time you experienced the symptoms. You should also record your activities, so your provider can match your heart rate data with your life.
When your monitoring period is complete, you’ll return the monitor to Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants. Dr. Calderon will review your data and schedule an appointment to discuss your results and next steps.
If you want to know more about Holter or event monitors, call Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants or schedule an appointment online today.