Holter Monitoring Under Cardiac and Vascular Studies

A Holter monitor is a continuous tape recording of a patient’s electrocardiogram (EKG) for a period of time ranging between 24 and 48 hours. In other words, the small device is responsible for measuring the rhythm of your heart throughout the day. As it is worn during your regular daily activities, it will help your physician correlate symptoms of dizziness, palpitations, or blackouts. A Holter monitor test generally takes place if an electrocardiogram does not provide sufficient information about the condition of your heart.

What to expect during the test

ECG electrodes will be placed on your chest and connected to a lightweight monitor that will be connected around your waist. You will carry this monitor around with you for 24, 28 or 72 hours, depending how long your doctor requested.

How to prepare for the test

There is no preparation for this test. We recommend you wear comfortable clothing and so it is easy to dress after the monitor has been hooked up.