Holter Monitor

Anterior view male figure torso with holter monitor and ecg/heart rhythm inset; PCardio_20140402_v0_005 SOURCE: cardio_holter-monitor_proc_1_layers.psd

Definition: A holter monitor is a type of ECG that a patient takes home with them and wears to measure and record a heart’s activity for a 24 to 48 hour period.

ExampleHolter monitors are as small as a camera and are attached to your skin with electrodes about the size of a silver dollar. Your physician may have you wear a monitor if you have been having symptoms such as dizziness, faintness, racing or skipping heart beat, to tell if your medications are working, or to tell if your heart is getting a sufficient amount of oxygen to meet its needs. There are no risks to wearing a Holter monitor and they cause no pain.

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