When symptoms, such as dizziness, low blood pressure, prolonged fatigue, fainting or palpitations continue to occur without a definitive diagnosis as to the cause with use of a standard, resting Electrocardiogram (ECG), Dr. Khoo may suggest that your condition be monitored over extended period of time, using a Holter monitor.
A Holter monitor is a small machine that continuously records the heart’s rhythm and activity. It is a type of electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) used to monitor and record the ECG results for a period of 24 hours or longer. This test is used to determine whether the heart may be beating too slow or too fast. It also detects any abnormalities in heart rhythm.
A standard or “resting” Electrocardiogram is one of the easiest and quickest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches) are placed at certain locations on the chest and abdomen. When the electrodes are connected to an ECG machine by lead wires, the electrical activity of the heart is measured, interpreted, and printed out for further interpretation.
Certain abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) can cause the symptoms noted above. These symptoms may occur intermittently or only under certain conditions, such as stress. Conditions of this type can make it difficult to obtain on an accurate tracing during a standard Electrocardiogram test, which may only run for a few minutes. In these cases, Dr. Khoo may suggest a Holter monitor to allow a better opportunity to capture any abnormal heartbeats or rhythms that may be causing the symptoms. The Holter monitor records continuously for a period of 24 to 48 hours.
Once the information is recorded by the Holter monitor it will be evaluated and Dr. Khoo will let you know if you additional testing or treatment based on the results.
What is an event monitor?
Event monitoring is very similar to Holter monitoring, and is often used for the same reasons. With an event monitor, you wear the electrode patches on your chest, and the electrodes are connected by wire leads to a recording device.
Unlike a Holter monitor, which records continuously throughout the testing period , the event monitor records only when you feel symptoms and trigger the monitor to record your ECG results at that specific time. There are also “auto-trigger” event monitors which may be used to record heart rhythms when symptoms rarely occur or happen during sleep.
When a patient experiences one or more symptoms, such as chest pain, dizziness, or discomfort, they activate the event monitor recorder.
After you experience symptoms and the event monitor has recorded them, the results will be sent to Dr. Khoo for further analysis and interpretation.
We encourage you to ask as many questions as necessary until you are confident that you understand your heart condition, medications or procedures you may be considering.
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