What is a Holter Monitor?

A holter monitor is basically an EKG that provides a continuous recording of the patients heart rhythm for 24 hours.

What is the purpose of the Holter Monitor?

  • Determine how the heart responds to normal daily activity.
  • Assess pacemaker function.
  • Evaluate how the heart responds to cardiac medication
  • Diagnose an abnormal heart rhythm.

How do I prepare for the test?

  • Refrain from using any creams or lotions on the chest.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes.

How is the test performed?

Small areas on the chest are cleaned with an electrode prep pad. The electrode site is then dried and gently abraded using an abrasive strip. Any hair on the electrode site is shaved off. Electrodes are placed on the prepared site. Thin wires from the monitor are attached to the electrodes. The monitor is then activated and placed in a disposable pouch which is attached around the neck. The recorder is worn for 24 hours during which time the patient continues normal daily activities (with the exception of bathing, showering or swimming). A diary is provided for the patient to record their activity such as household chores, work exercise, watching TV, etc…, along with the time of these occurrences. This will be used to see if there is any correlation between symptoms and heart irregularities. After 24 hours the monitor can be disconnected and returned back to the office with the completed diary.

** For your convenience the monitor may be returned by someone other than the patient.**

How long does the “hook-up” take?

It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to apply the monitor and review instructions for the diary.

How and when do I get the results?

You will get the results from the physician that ordered the test. It will generally take just a few days for your monitor to be scanned by a holter technician, interpreted by a cardiologist, and sent to the ordering physician.