If your cardiologist needs to track your heart rhythms over an extended period of time, he or she may recommend that you wear a Holter monitor. A Holter monitor records your heart’s activity for a 24- to 48-hour period, in hopes of capturing abnormalities that would be missed during your regular appointment.
For the test, electrodes will be placed on your chest and then attached to the monitor, which is about the size of a cellphone. Throughout the period while you’re wearing the monitor, you will also keep a journal of your activities and symptoms, so your doctor can see what your heart was doing during those times. A Holter monitor can be used to diagnose a range of conditions, including atrial fibrillation and fast or slow heartbeats.
A Holter monitor is one diagnostic option that your cardiologist at Cardiac Solutions may recommend so you get the best treatment possible. To make an appointment at one of our clinics in Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Sun City West, or Avondale, call (623) 208-5305.