1. WHAT IS A HOLTER MONITOR?
A holter monitor is a battery operated device that records your heart’s activity for 24 hours. It contains electrodes, wires and a small electronic device. The electrodes are attached to your chest and are connected to the device by the wires. The device will be worn around your chest or waist depending on the type of machine used.
2. WHY DO I NEED HOLTER MONITOR?
A holter monitor detects any abnormal heart rhythms over the time you wear the monitor whilst you go about doing your normal daily activities. An ECG does the same thing but gives you the snap shot of your heart’s activity at that single point in time.
Your doctor may recommend this test if you have symptoms such as:
1. Dizziness or fainting
2. Arrhythmias e.g. Palpitations, irregular heartbeat, heart racing, skipping a beat
3. Shortness of breath
4. Chest pains.