- A specially trained technician will attach the holter monitor and instruct you how to record your symptoms while wearing it
- The technician first attaches the electrodes to your chest. If you have a hairy chest, he or she may shave some hair off to attach the electrodes firmly
- Once the electrodes are in place, the technician helps you put the holter monitor on and explains how to take care of it
- You can carry the monitor in a pocket or pouch, slung across your shoulders and neck like a purse or attach it to your waist
A looping memory monitor and symptom event monitor.
A looping memory monitor is a small device about the size of a pager that can be programmed to record your ECG for a period of time, such as 5 minutes. You must push a button to activate it, and it stores your ECG for the period before and during your symptoms. If you faint and push the button after you recover, it will record your ECG during the time you felt faint and right after you pushed it.
A symptom event monitor can be either a hand-held device or worn on your wrist. When you feel a symptom or irregular heartbeat, you place the monitor on your chest and activate a recording button. The back of this device has small metal discs that function as the electrodes. If the monitor is worn on a wrist, you press the button to record. Unlike the looping memory monitor, these won’t store your ECG before you activate it.
Both devices can send your ECG by telephone to a transmission or receiving center in the hospital, doctor’s office or clinic. If the tracing indicates an emergency, you will be asked to go to the emergency room.
Cardiac loop memory monitors have small disks that attach to your chest. From there, wires are attached from the electrodes to the device.
To get a good ECG recording:
- Your skin should be free of oils and creams
- You should clean your skin with alcohol and rub until the skin is slightly pink
You may need to wear an event recorder for several days or up to a month. With several recordings, we will be able to decide if your irregular heartbeats require more tests or treatment.