A Holter monitor is a small device worn by the patient that records the heart rhythm over a continuous 24 or 48 hour period. Five electrodes are attached on the chest and connected to a monitor worn at the waist. You will not be able to remove the electrodes or get them wet. When you return the monitor, the data will be downloaded and analyzed by our doctor, after which the results will be relayed to you by the ordering physician.
30 Day Event Monitor
A 30 day event monitor is a small device worn by the patient for up to 30 days. It is used to detect heart rhythm irregularities that might otherwise go undiagnosed. Two electrodes are attached to the chest with lead wires. You will be able to remove and change these electrodes as necessary. When you have symptoms, you press the monitor buttons which records your EKG. The device may also trigger automatically if it detects something abnormal. The data from the device is then transmitted wirelessly to a monitoring center and forwarded to our doctor for analysis.
The CardioNet monitor is typically worn for up to 21 days. Three electrodes will be placed on your chest which communicate with the monitor. You may change these electrodes as necessary. During this time period, your heart rhythm will be monitored continuously and transmitted wirelessly through the device. The data is sent to a monitoring center and then forwarded to our doctor for analysis. At the end of the monitoring period, a final report will be sent to your ordering physician for review.
24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure
When you undergo 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, you will be fitted with a blood pressure cuff, much like the one the doctor uses in his office. This will be connected to a small device you wear in a pouch around your waist. You will need to wear the cuff as much as possible over the next 24 hours, even during sleep, in order to get the most accurate analysis of your blood pressure. The monitor will take an automatic measurement every 20 minutes during daytime hours and switch to once an hour during sleeping hours. When you return the monitor, the information will be downloaded and analyzed by our doctor. The results will be relayed to you by the ordering physician.
Overnight Oxygen Saturation
If an overnight oxygen monitor has been ordered, you will be asked to wear a small finger probe attached to the index finger that is connected to a monitor. You will wear this only at night during sleeping hours and it will record your oxygen levels during sleep. When you return the monitor to our office the following morning, your results will be downloaded and analyzed by our doctor and then forwarded to the ordering physician for review. A drop in oxygen saturation may indicate the need for oxygen or further testing in a sleep study lab to determine if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of heart disease.