A Holter monitor is a non-invasive and effective device that allows healthcare professionals to gather important information about a patient’s heart rhythm, helping in the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing management of various cardiac conditions.
A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that records the heart’s rhythm. It’s used to detect or determine the risk of irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). A Holter monitor test may be done if a traditional electrocardiogram (ECG) doesn’t provide enough details about the heart’s condition.
You may be recommended to wear a Holter monitor if you have:
We recommend that you bathe/shower before this appointment. Most monitors can’t be removed and must be kept dry once monitoring begins. We will place sensors (electrodes) on your chest. These electrodes detect the heartbeat, and they are about the size of a 5-cent piece. If you have hair on your chest, some of it may be shaved to make sure the electrodes stick. Wires attached to the electrodes connect to the Holter monitor recording device. The device is not cumbersome and only about the size of a deck of playing cards.
Once your Holter monitor is fitted and you’ve received instructions on how to wear it, you can leave our surgery and return to everyday activities.
A Holter monitor is typically worn for 1 to 2 days. During that time, the device records all of your heartbeats.
Holter monitoring is painless, non-invasive and the device is discreet. The sensors (electrodes) and wires can be hidden under clothing. The device itself is worn on a belt or attached to a strap.
Note – it’s very important to not take the Holter monitor off — it must be worn during the entire recording period, even while sleeping.
Water can damage a Holter monitor. Don’t swim, shower or bathe for the entire time you’re wearing a Holter monitor. If you have a wireless Holter monitor, you’ll be shown how to disconnect and reconnect the sensors and the monitor so that you can shower or bathe.
While you wear a Holter monitor, you can do most other daily activities unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
You may be given a form to record your activities and any symptoms. It’s particularly important to note if and when you have any of the following symptoms:
Write down what activities you do and exactly what time you do them as this will assist us with the analysis
Once your monitoring period is over, you’ll return the device to us. If you were asked to keep a record of symptoms that you had while wearing the device, we will compare the Holter monitor’s data with your notes. This can help us make an accurate diagnosis.
Your Holter monitor test results will be uploaded online through a secure network and be reviewed by a nominated cardiology team. A detailed report will be available and your doctor will discuss the results with you along with the most optimum management of your condition.
Information from Holter monitor testing can often tell us if you have a heart condition and if any heart medicines you currently take are or aren’t working.
Holter Monitor Service Brisbane Bookings are available at Underwood and West End Clinics
Beenleigh Marketplace, 114-118 George Street, Beenleigh QLD 4207
Cannon Hill Clinic
Shop 1 K Mart Plaza Cannon Hill, 1909 Creek Road, Cannon Hill Qld 4170
Cnr of Redland Bay & Mt Cotton Roads, Capalaba QLD 4157
The Village Coorparoo, 398 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Shop 10 and 11, Greenslopes Mall, 700 Logan Rd, Greenslopes QLD 4120
Unit 8-10, 2770 Logan Road, Underwood, QLD, 4119
West End Clinic
Suite 2, Healthcare Hub Floor 1, Montague Markets, 405 Montague Rd, West End Qld 4101
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