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24-Hour Holter Monitor - A Comprehensive Guide

The 24-hour Holter Monitor, a straightforward and non-invasive tool, offers a precise method for tracking your heart rhythm. It's instrumental in investigating health concerns such as palpitations, skipped heartbeats, or fainting episodes.

To perform this test, electrodes are securely positioned on your chest and connected to a compact, portable monitoring device. This device, small enough to be comfortably worn, unobtrusively records your heart's activity throughout the day.

Typically, you'll wear this lightweight monitor for a full 24-hour cycle, and in some cases, up to an entire week. During this period, we'll request you to maintain a meticulous diary of any symptoms or unusual events. This will allow us to correlate your symptoms with any irregularities in your heart rhythm captured by the Holter monitor.

A highly regarded professional in the field of cardiology, Dr Karthigesan couples his vast knowledge with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools like the 24-hour Holter Monitor to ensure you receive the most accurate and comprehensive care possible.

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Conditions Diagnosed with the Holter Monitor

The Holter monitor plays a crucial role in diagnosing and managing a variety of cardiac conditions:

  • Arrhythmia- If you have irregular heart rhythms, such as atrial fibrillation
  • Unexplained dizziness
  • Heart palpitations

Additionally, a Holter monitor is incredibly useful in evaluating the efficacy of your ongoing cardiac treatments. It can help assess:

  • How effectively your heart is receiving oxygen, a critical factor in heart health.
  • Effectiveness of your treatment plan by providing valuable insights into the results of heart medications or the performance of a pacemaker.

Before/During/After the Holter Monitor Test

  • Prior to fitting the Holter monitor, you'll undergo an electrocardiogram (ECG).
  • In cases of infrequent arrhythmias, an ECG might not detect irregular heart rhythms.
  • The Holter monitor is designed to capture these sporadic events, providing a more comprehensive picture of your heart's health.
  • Electrodes will be adhered to your chest.
  • These electrodes are then connected to the small, portable Holter monitor.
  • Our team will demonstrate how to secure the device to your clothing for comfort and accuracy.

While you're wearing the Holter monitor, it's essential to:

  • Continue with your usual daily activities.
  • Keep the device on at all times, even during sleep.
  • Refrain from removing the device under any circumstances.
  • Maintain a detailed diary of all your daily activities and the times they were performed.
  • Note any specific symptoms you experience, such as dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, or light-headedness.
  • Once the monitoring period concludes, you'll return the device to the hospital.
  • The doctor will then assess the results from the Holter monitor test, providing an in-depth understanding of your heart's performance.
  • Based on the findings, your physician will discuss potential treatment options, ensuring a personalised approach to your cardiac health.
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Every Heart Beat

Matters

Don't let irregular heart rhythms keep you on edge. Embrace the power of precise, non-invasive monitoring with the 24-hour Holter Monitor test.

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