The Holter and Event Monitoring Department
at Cardiology Associates of Altoona
Experiencing Frequent Jumping, Stopping, or Heart “Hiccups?”
At The Holter and Event Monitoring Department of the Cardiology Associates of Altoona, we mainly assist patients who are experiencing arrhythmias (which may feel like a sudden stop, hiccup, or jump in your heartbeat). Although many people have experienced this sensation in the past without cause for concern, if you or your cardiologist are concerned about the frequency orseverity of these attacks, you should contact us. If you experience arrhythmias often or for an extended period of time, you may have a serious heart-related issue.
Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Treatment
Portable Holter and event monitors are tools used to diagnose the presence of an arrhythmia. Your cardiologist may order an ambulatory cardiac monitor for you to wear throughout your daily activities. These small electronic devices are noninvasive and monitor the electrical activity in your heart with electrodes that stick on to your skin. Holter monitors are for short-term use (usually less than 48 hours), while event monitors may be prescribed for use for up to 30 days. The device records data including information about when arrhythmias occur, as well as where in the heart they are originating from to help diagnose and treat your condition.
Tips to Get the Best Reading From Your Holter or Event Monitor
If you have been prescribed a Holter or event monitor, please keep the following tips in mind to ensure that you get the best and most accurate reading to assist your cardiologist:
Properly prepare your skin: A good ECG recording requires that your skin be clean, dry, and free of oils, lotions, and other substances that will interfere with the monitor’s function.
Wear Your Monitor: Always keep your monitor attached and turned on. You should wear it 24-hours a day except while bathing. Please avoid swimming or other unnecessary water contact.
Record Your Activities: Keep a log of what you are doing, and record the time. If your monitor does not include a recorder, keep a notebook and record your activities on paper. Be sure to include periods of sleep, naps, and the specific type of work or activities that you do throughout the day.
Avoid Interference: Stay away from microwaves, magnets, cell phones, radios, and electric blankets.
Follow all of the instructions provided by your doctor. You will receive additional information relevant to the specific device that is ordered for your use.
Contact Cardiology Associates of Altoona if you have any questions for our Holter and Event Monitoring Department staff. To refer a patient or to schedule an appointment, please call: (814) 942-2411.