If your doctor suspects you have a cardiovascular health problem, they might recommend a Holter monitor to provide critical insights for diagnosis and treatment. At New York Specialty Clinics, serving patients of Astoria, Queens and Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, and Marine Park/Flatlands of Brooklyn, the team of expert physicians use Holter monitors to gain essential insights about patient health. To schedule an appointment, call the New York City office location nearest you, or book online today.
A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that continuously tracks your heartbeat. Most people wear a Holter monitor for one or two days. During this time, the device collects important data to determine if you have an irregular heart rhythm.
If you undergo an electrocardiogram and it doesn’t give your doctor enough information, a Holter monitor serves as a way to gain additional insights about your heart health.
If you regularly feel short of breath, lightheaded, or dizzy, a Holter monitor can pinpoint the underlying cause. Holter monitors are particularly effective at detecting heart abnormalities that don’t show up on electrocardiograms.
An electrocardiogram is a quick, in-office test. Because it takes very little time, it’s possible to miss an irregular heartbeat that only occurs occasionally. A Holter monitor can detect irregularities that an electrocardiogram can’t. It provides enhanced data, which makes it possible to treat serious but elusive health problems.
Wearing a Holter monitor is safe and usually well-tolerated. You might experience some mild irritation or chafing on your skin near the location of the electrodes, but this should subside quickly.
While wearing the Holter monitor, it’s important to avoid getting wet. Refrain from showering or swimming until your provider says it’s okay.
During Holter monitoring, it’s important to avoid other electronics, including metal detectors, microwave ovens, electric razors, and toothbrushes. These devices can interrupt the signals from the Holter monitor’s electrodes, compromising the data collected.
If your New York Specialty Clinics provider determines that you’re a candidate for a Holter monitor, they set it up at an in-office appointment. Holter monitoring is pain-free and entirely non-invasive. You can hide the electrodes and wires under your clothing.
Once Holter monitoring begins, you keep it on at all times, including during sleep. While wearing the monitor, keep a diary of your daily activities, including the foods you eat and how often you exercise. You also write down any symptoms you experience while wearing the monitor, including shortness of breath or dizziness.
A day or two later, you return to New York Specialty Clinics. Your provider downloads the data from your Holter monitor at your second appointment and compares it to the notes in your journal. They use this information to diagnose and treat a specific heart-related condition.
Learn more about the benefits of a Holter monitor by scheduling an appointment at New York Specialty Clinics. Call the office nearest you, or book a consultation online today.
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