If you have unexplained fainting or irregular heartbeats, see the experts at Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates. The practice has convenient offices in Cypress, Katy, Sealy, Fulshear, and Houston, Texas. The exceptional team of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners offers Holter monitoring to detect or rule out potentially severe heart problems. Call the nearest office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about the Holter monitor.
A Holter monitor is a device that evaluates your heart’s rhythm. It allows your specialist to determine your risk of, or detect, irregular heartbeats. Wearing a Holter monitor is a painless, simple diagnostic procedure that offers the doctor pertinent information about your overall health.
Your Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates provider might suggest a Holter monitor if an electrocardiogram (EKG) doesn’t provide enough diagnostic information about your heart condition. A Holter Monitor could also be recommended if you experience unexplained fainting or irregular heartbeats.
They could recommend a Holter monitor if you have a heart condition that increases your risk of heartbeat abnormalities (arrhythmia).
Your specialist reviews your medical history, checks your vital signs, asks about your lifestyle and medications, and completes a physical exam. You might undergo blood tests, other heart-function tests, or imaging procedures in addition to wearing the Holter monitor.
No special preparation is needed before wearing a Holter monitor. But your heart specialist could recommend you bathe the day you receive the device as it must remain dry. Tell your specialist about the medications you’re taking.
Your Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates provider places your Holter monitor during a scheduled office visit. They put electrodes on your chest to detect your heartbeat. The electrodes attach to wires and the wires to the Holter monitor’s recording device. It’s about the size of a deck of cards.
You wear the device for one to two days as it tracks your heartbeat. There’s no pain associated with wearing the monitor, which attaches to a strap or belt. Wear the device even when you’re sleeping, but avoid showering, bathing, or swimming until your provider removes it.
Your specialist might ask you to write down any symptoms, like chest pain, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, fluttering, pounding, or skipped heartbeats.
While wearing a Holter monitor, avoid electric blankets, magnets, electric toothbrushes, electric razors, microwave ovens, and metal detectors. Keep portable music players and cellphones at least six inches from the monitor while wearing it.
After wearing a Holter monitor, return it to Memorial Kay Cardiology Associates. Tell your heart specialist about the symptoms you’ve had, if any, while wearing the device. They discuss the results with you and tell you if you need further diagnostic tests or treatment, like lifestyle changes, medicine, or procedures.
Call the Memorial Katy Cardiology Associates office nearest you today or use the online booking feature to learn more about the Holter monitor.