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Cardiac Monitoring Services

Cardiovascular Medicine P.C. offers a wide variety of cardiac monitoring services

What is cardiac monitoring?
Cardiac monitoring evaluates the heart's electrical rhythm. There are several different types of portable devices that are used for cardiac monitoring. These include holter monitors, event monitors, and ambulatory cardiac telemetry monitors. Holter monitors continuously record your heart rhythm for 24 to 48 hours. Event monitors are used to evaluate the heart rhythm for a longer period of time. They can be worn up for up to 30 days. Event monitors are activated when there are serious rhythm disturbances or when you have symptoms. Ambulatory cardiac monitors, like holter monitors, continuously monitor the heart rhythm. The heart rhythm is wirelessly transmitted to a monitoring center for evaluation. Ambulatory cardiac monitors can be worn for varying lengths of time.

Why do I need cardiac monitoring?
Your provider may order cardiac monitoring if you have a fast, slow, or irregular heart beat. The test may be needed if you have symptoms of dizziness, faintness, or a feeling that your heart is racing or skipping beats. Cardiac monitoring is frequently performed to see how well certain medications are working to control the heart rhythm.

How is cardiac monitoring performed?
A specially trained member of our staff will attach the monitor and instruct you how to use it. The staff member will place electrode patches on your chest. The monitor has wires that will be attached to the electrode patches. The monitor is usually carried in a small pouch that hangs from your neck. Sometimes the monitor is worn on the waist. You will be asked to keep a diary of your activities and symptoms during the test. Wearing a cardiac monitor is painless and has little risk. Because the electrode patches are attached with tape or adhesives, they may cause mild skin irritation. Please tell our staff member if you are allergic to tapes or any adhesives.

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