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Holter Monitor

If you’re having symptoms that suggest you may have an issue with your heart, the board-certified cardiovascular disease specialists at Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA may recommend you wear a Holter monitor for a couple of days. A Holter monitor assesses the conductivity of your heart and gives your physician important information about your heart function. If you live near Brandon, Sun City Center, Riverview, or Tampa, Florida, call Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA or use the online booking tool to set up a consultation.


Holter Monitor Q & A


What is a Holter monitor?

A Holter monitor is worn to measure and record your heart’s activity. Unlike an ECG, which only gives your physician an understanding of your heart’s function at a specific point in time, a Holter monitor measures your heart continuously for 24-48 hours. 

A Holter monitor is completely portable and battery-operated. You attach the wires of the device to your skin so the monitor can record your heart’s activity as you perform daily activities and sleep.

Why would I need a Holter monitor?

The physicians at Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA may want you to wear a Holter monitor if you present symptoms such as a slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat. Other reasons you might need a Holter monitor include:

  • To ensure your pacemaker is working correctly
  • To determine if you need medications for a heart problem
  • To diagnose dizziness or a fast heart rate
  • To evaluate if your heart is getting enough oxygen to function properly

Your provider will let you know if a Holter monitor is right for you.

Is a Holter monitor uncomfortable?

A Holter monitor is about the size of a small camera. You secure the electrodes to your chest while wearing it, but the cords are thin and unobtrusive. 

Your Holter monitor can be carried in a pocket or a belt pack. It could also be slung across your shoulders like a purse or carried like a camera around your neck. 

There are no risks associated with a Holter monitor and isn’t painful to wear. The cords are long enough so you don’t feel restricted, even while sleeping. You wear the Holter monitor at all times, with the exception of bathing, showering, or swimming. 

You should also remove it during an X-ray or when in areas of high-voltage or metal detectors.

What records should I keep while wearing the Holter monitor?

Your physician will ask you to keep a diary of any symptoms you have while wearing the monitor. Make sure to note the time of when they begin and what activity you were doing. These include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Dizziness

The physicians at Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA can then compare the readings from your monitor and your diary to detect a possible pattern.

To learn more about your heart health, call the Bay Area Cardiology Associates PA office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

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