Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. With this in mind, it’s clear that making sure your heart is working at its best is important. However, a simple visit to the doctor might not be enough for your doctor to understand what is going on inside your heart. That’s why your doctor may recommend using a Holter or Event monitor to gain a clearer understanding of your heart’s rhythm. Are you curious about these devices? Here are a few things you should know about the Holter and Event monitors.
What are they? Holter and Event monitors are portable medical devices that record the heart’s electrical activity. They are made up of two parts: the sensors that are placed on your skin that detect the electrical activity, and the recorder that records the activity the sensors read. The device records this activity over a span of about 24-48 hours for Holter monitors and up to 30 days for event monitors. During this time, you simply go about your daily activities.
Why would I need one? Holter and Event monitors behave similarly to the big ECG machines in doctors’ offices. However, the machines in doctors’ offices only record a few seconds of activity, so if there is no irregularity during that time, then there will be no information for your doctor to use for a diagnosis. Holter and event monitors can record for longer periods of times, and record your heart during activities that might provoke irregularities more consistently. With this information, your doctor will have a much easier time making a diagnosis and can recommend treatment if necessary.
Are there any risks? The only associated risks with Holter and event monitors are minor skin irritation and allergic reactions to the patches and any resin needed to make them stick to your skin. These symptoms will lift when the patches are removed.
Make sure you check with your doctor if you notice any irregular beating in your heart. If your doctor recommends using a heart monitor, ask about ReactDx’s monitors. These monitors have been tested to be the toughest and most technologically advanced monitors in the industry with the highest clinical yield.