A Holter monitor is a small battery operated unit with attached ECG wires and electrodes that records your heart rate and rhythm continuously for 24, 48 or 72 hours, as ordered by your physician.
What you should know
- Before your visit
Please wear comfortable clothing such as a front-buttoning blouse or shirt that gives easy access to your chest on the day of your test. Avoid wearing a dress, full slip, corset or pantyhose.
You cannot shower or bathe while the monitor is attached to you. Please do not sleep under an electric blanket, as the monitor may pick up electrical interference. Otherwise, plan to continue with your regular daily activities.
- Care providers
The Holter monitor will be applied by a cardiology technologist.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an ECG?
An ECG or electrocardiogram is a two-minute test that records the electrical activity of your heart onto graph paper for interpretation.
- What happens to my monitor after I return it?
We download the information about your heart from the monitor and we send a report to the cardiologist for review and interpretation.
- Can I exercise while wearing the monitor?
Yes, it is preferred that you continue with your normal activity to get the best results. Please let the technologist know if you do plan to exercise for added safety of the electrodes (stickers).
- Can I take my medications?
Yes, continue to take your medications as prescribed.