24-Hour ECG Holter Monitoring
An ECG holter monitor is a small digital device that records the rhythm of the heart over a period of time; this rhythm is also known as the heart’s electrical activity. The Holter monitor is an ambulatory, portable ECG machine that helps to provide particular information about the heart. It is worn over a period of 24 hours with small, sticky patches called electrodes, attached to the chest. During this 24 hour period, the patient can go about their normal daily routine. A holter monitoring machine is noninvasive and painless.
Once the monitoring is complete, the holter is returned, and the readings are accessed and analyzed by a cardiologist. That information is then sent to your GP who will make any necessary recommendations.
We carry out this monitoring on our patients who complain of dizziness, palpitations, and breathlessness to detect any abnormality in the way the heart beats for early detection Arrhythmia.
Arrhythmia is a condition that arises as a result of irregular heartbeat and early detection can prove vital. Just as we all know that the heart is the engine of the body and should be well cared for.
How does the 24-Hour ECG monitoring work?
The Holter Monitor is a portable ambulatory, miniature ECG machine that is capable of providing the following information;
- It captures and monitors the heart rhythm over a 24 hour period. This is undertaken during normal activities and when any special event, which is triggered by the patient, occurs.
- It helps to correlate any form of chest pain and palpitations the patient may experience in relation to the heart’s electrical activity at a particular point in time.
- It helps to show how well anti-arrhythmia medicines are working.
- It records any kind of abnormal heart rhythms that may occur by providing information about the extent of arrhythmia; what might trigger it, and how long it may last.
We encourage our patients who are undergoing Holter Monitoring to observe the following useful tips to ensure accurate recording;
- For people with hairy chest, the part where the electrodes will be placed will need to be shaved.
- The ECG wire, electrodes, or monitor needs to be kept dry.
- Try as much as possible to sleep on their back with the recorder well positioned at their side so that the electrodes do not pull off.
- The wires and electrodes should be properly attached throughout the entire recording.
- Avoid using metal detectors, electric blankets, magnets, and standing in high voltage areas such as amongst power lines, as signals from these devices can influence the recording.
Please make an appointment with your GP to discuss possible ECG monitoring and if you have any cardiac concerns.