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24 Hour Holter Monitor
Holter Monitoring is a continuous recording of the heart’s electrical activity usually for 24 to 48 hours. The Holter monitor is a small, portable recorder worn on a strap at your waist. Electrodes are placed on your chest and are connected to the recorder by thin wires. Your heart’s electrical signals are picked up by the electrodes and transmitted to the monitor and are recorded on a memory card.
Your doctor will suggest a Holter Monitor if you complain of palpitations, fluttering sensation in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting. The Holter Monitor can detect arrhythmias that occur during certain activities of daily living.
If you have been already diagnosed with arrhythmia then the Holter Monitor is used to assess how well treatment such as medications or pacemakers is working.
Holters are also used to detect poor blood flow to the heart muscle, which may indicate coronary heart disease.