Diagnostic Testing

24-Hour Holter Monitoring

A Holter monitor records the electrical activity of your heart for a 24-hour period. This provides your physician with information about your heart's rhythm and health. No special preparation is needed. Five electrodes will be applied to your chest. A cable will be attached to each electrode and to the recorder. Tape will be placed over the electrodes to keep them in place. This process takes approximately 15 minutes.

You will be asked to keep a diary for the next 24 hours and record all activities, such as sitting, walking, exercise, eating, smoking, bowel movements, sexual intercourse, emotional upsets and medications taken. You must also record all symptoms such as chest, neck or arm discomfort, heart pounding, dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath.

The monitor will be removed 24 hours after it was applied, the recording will be viewed and a report will be sent to your physician.
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