Why do I need a Holter or Cardiac Event monitor?
The most common reasons for cardiac event monitoring are:
- Your physician may need to see your heart’s conduction throughout a 30-day period to properly evaluate and diagnose your cardiac condition, both at rest and at work/play. With a proper diagnosis, your physician can get you to the appropriate treatment and care.
- You may have cardiac symptoms or conditions that come and go (are intermittent/transient) such as abnormal heart rates (bradycardia, tachycardia), palpitations (fluttering in the chest), dizziness(presyncope) or passing out (syncope) and were not captured in the doctor’s office.
- You may have medication changes and your physician wants to know how these changes affect your heart’s conduction.
- You may need cardiac monitoring to better evaluate your heart during an exercise regimen, either in a fitness center or cardiac rehabilitation program.
- You may be monitored for an existing or new cardiac condition to see what the progress of your heart’s conduction is while being treated.
- You may have a cardiac condition that needs to be monitored on a recurring basis to make sure that the condition is stable (not changing). An example would be an old heart attack (myocardial infarction) that needs to be monitored once every year. You may have symptoms that may or may not be cardiac-related. If the results of the monitoring test do not show cardiac abnormalities, then the physician can rule out your cardiac-related and can properly refer you to the correct specialist.