A Holter monitor is a small device that is worn, usually for 24-48 hours to track your heart rate and rhythm.
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Ahead of the test you can eat and drink normally, as well as take all of your usual medications.
As you will be unable to shower during the time you have the device fitted, we recommend you shower before your appointment. Please do not apply any creams or lotions to your skin.
As a Holter monitor will be assessing your heart, it will be best to wear a two-piece outfit to allow for easier access to fit the device.
As well as the appointment to fit the Holter monitor, after the recording period has ended you will need to return to have the device removed.
Four electrodes will be placed on your chest and connected to a small heart monitor. This monitor is worn in a pouch around your neck or in a case around your waist. It is no larger than a mobile phone.
While it is recording your heart rate and rhythm you are to engage in your regular daily activities. During your time wearing the Holter monitor you may be asked to keep a diary of your movements and activities.
As mentioned before, you will not be able to shower during the time wearing the device.
Fitting a Holter monitor takes about 20 minutes.
The period of time wearing the device is determined by your referring doctor, but it is usually 24 hours.
Another 20-minute appointment will be required to remove the device at the end of the recording period.
A Holter monitor is a non-invasive procedure so once it is removed you can return immediately to your usual everyday activities, including having a shower.
Your Holter monitor results will be reviewed and the report will be sent to your referring doctor. It is best to make an appointment with them to follow up on the results.
Yes, but there are a few caveats.
First, the monitor itself cannot be submerged in water, so, for example, it is not okay to drape the monitor over the showerhead if you take a shower.
However, the chest electrodes (the part that sticks to your chest) can absolutely be submerged in water.
Usually, a Holter Monitor takes 24-48 hours to track your heart rate and rhythm.
It would help if you did not exercise or engage in strenuous activities while wearing the Holter monitor, affecting the recording quality.