For Patients

cardioscope

This page is designed for patients and their cares to holter monitors, blood pressure monitors and loop recorders.We have made it easy for you to learn why you may wish to have one of our investigations performed and what is involved.

Holter monitors are small portable devices that continuously record a patient’s heart rhythm over a 24 to 48 hour time period. The data gathered by this device provides doctors and patients with the information they require to diagnose, manage and treat the symptoms of a multitude of cardiovascular conditions.

Symptoms and conditions for which a holter monitor may be used for, but not limited to include:

How do I prepare for the Test?

The only requirement is that the patient wear loose-fitting clothes. Buttons down the front of a shirt or blouse is preferable. This makes it convenient to apply the electrodes and also comfortably carry the monitor in a relatively discreet manner.

How is the Test Performed?

The chest is cleansed with an alcohol solution to ensure good attachment of the sticky electrodes. Men with hairy chest may require small areas to be shaved. The electrodes are applied to the chest. Thin wires are then used to connect the electrodes to a monitor. The monitor is secured to the patient’s belt or it can be slung over the shoulder and neck with the use of a pouch. The recorder is worn for 24 hours and the patient is encouraged to continue his or her daily activities. To avoid getting the setup wet and damaging the recorder, the patient will not be able to shower for the duration of the test.

How long does it take?

It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to apply the monitor and less than 5 minutes to remove it. The patient will also receive directions. Many monitors are also equipped with an “event” button. Pressing the button during a symptom (dizziness, for example) will help print an ECG from that precise time.

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