What is the
Holter monitoring is a painless noninvasive method to
record your heartbeat as you go about your daily activities.
How do I
There is no
special preparation for this type of cardiac monitoring. A cardiac technician
will give you guidelines to keep in mind during the monitoring period.
What can I
expect during the test?
At the time you
receive your Holter monitor, a cardiac technician
will attach several small pads with wires (electrodes) to your chest. These
wires connect to a small recording device that attaches to your belt. You will
be asked to wear the monitor for a period of 24 hours or more. During that time
you cannot shower, but a sponge bath is fine. Follow your normal daily routine,
including work and exercise. Avoid using an electric blanket, as that can
affect the recording. You will also be asked to keep a diary, noting times and
activities, and any symptoms you feel.
when will I get my test results?
After you return
the monitor, a cardiologist or EKG-credentialed physician will analyze the
recorded data and prepare a written report for your primary care physician, who
will discuss the results with you.
the test performed?
Holter monitoring is available through the Cardiac
Services Department at Cayuga Medical Center, 101 Dates Drive, off NYS Route
96, in Ithaca.