A holter monitor is essentially an ECG, or a reading of the electrical activity of the heart, which records continuously throughout the monitoring period.
A technician will place ECG electrodes on your chest, and attach a monitor which is slightly smaller than a standard Walkman. The monitor will be attached by a belt around your waist.
There are two types of holter monitors:
The monitor is worn for 24 hours only. You will not be able to take a shower/bath or go for a swim during the monitoring period.
The monitor is worn for anywhere up to 5 days, depending on what your doctor has requested. You will be given instructions on how to remove the monitor in order to shower during the monitoring period.
At the end of the monitoring period, the information will be downloaded digitally and read by a consultant cardiologist. Hearts West prides itself on utilizing the latest state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and interpretation software.
It will take approximately 15 minutes to fit the monitor, and 10 minutes for removal.
You will be required to remove your clothing from the waist up – please wear a two-piece outfit.