Holter Moniter Test in Bangalore


A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm. Your doctor may want you to wear a Holter monitor for one to two days. During that time, the device records all of your heartbeats.

A Holter monitor test is usually performed after a traditional test to check your heart rhythm (electrocardiogram), especially if the electrocardiogram doesn’t give your doctor enough information about your heart’s condition.

Your doctor uses information captured on the Holter monitor to figure out if you have a heart rhythm problem. If standard Holter monitoring doesn’t capture your irregular heartbeat, your doctor may suggest a wireless Holter monitor, which can work for weeks.


Why it’s done

If you have signs or symptoms of a heart problem, such as an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or unexplained fainting, your doctor may order a test called an electrocardiogram. An electrocardiogram is a brief, non-invasive test that uses electrodes taped to your chest to check your heart’s rhythm.
However, sometimes an electrocardiogram doesn’t detect any irregularities in your heart rhythm because you’re hooked up to the machine for only a short time. If your signs and symptoms suggest that an occasionally irregular heart rhythm may be causing your condition, your doctor may recommend that you wear a Holter monitor for a day or so.
Over that time, the Holter monitor may be able to detect irregularities in your heart rhythm that an electrocardiogram couldn’t detect.

Throughout the Test

During the test, you will simply follow your normal routine, with two big exceptions. First, you will need to keep the Holter equipment dry—so no showering, and no bathing of the chest area.

Second, you will need to keep a diary of all the activities you perform, and of any symptoms you may experience while wearing the Holter monitor. In particular, your doctor will be most interested in symptoms of lightheadedness, palpitations, syncope, chest pain or shortness of breath. The precise time you experience these symptoms will be compared to the ECG recording at that moment.

Post-Test : When the test is finished, you will either return to the Holter lab to have the equipment removed, or will remove the equipment yourself, and return it (and your diary) via a delivery service the lab employs.

After the Test : You should expect to hear from your doctor within a few days with the results and to discuss possible next steps.If you experience skin irritation from the electrodes (which is uncommon), call the Holter lab to discuss what to do about it.

Interpreting Results : Your doctor should either contact you with the results or should pre-schedule a return visit to discuss the results of your Holter study.

In interpreting the results of a Holter study, it is important to remember that the most common purpose of this study is to decide whether your unexplained symptoms are due to a cardiac arrhythmia—or not. This means that actually correlating symptoms to a simultaneous arrhythmia is critical to making the diagnosis.

Many people (most people, in fact) have occasional, benign types of arrhythmias that do not cause any symptoms at all. Seeing such an arrhythmia on the Holter report, without simultaneous symptoms, indicates that this arrhythmia is not causing a problem, and (usually) does not require any treatment of further evaluation.

On the other hand, when symptoms are well-correlated with a cardiac arrhythmia, that’s an arrhythmia that is causing a problem (at the very least, it is producing symptoms), and that deserves to be addressed.

Your doctor may also discuss with you other results shown on the Holter monitor report, including your maximum, minimum, and average heart rate, the total number of premature atrial complexes (PACs) and premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) you may have had, and any episodes of possible ischemia.

If you are having a Holter study to look for silent ischemia, finding strong signs of ischemia on the test will likely lead either to further testing (perhaps with a nuclear stress test or a cardiac catheterization), or to a change in your anti-ischemia therapy.

The Holter monitor study is the most widely used type of ambulatory ECG monitoring. The test is quite good at diagnosing transient cardiac arrhythmias that generally occur during any given 24-48 hour period, and is very safe.

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