The cardiac holter allows the Cardiologist to analyze your heart rate for 24 hours up to 7 consecutive days. This will determine if there are heart rhythm problems, such as atrial fibrillation, and thus help plan the appropriate treatment.
It is a device with a size of a cell phone and is connected to to your body via usually seven electrodes. It can be placed in a special case around your waist or hung around your neck. During the recording period, you are advised to keep a diary of any symptoms you may be experiencing. It is recommended to follow your normal routine during the day.
Where is it used?
- Patients who have symptoms indicative of the presence of an arrhythmia (palpitations) however it is difficult to record it on a single electrocardiogram as it does not happen often.
- To monitor the effectiveness of the existing medication for possible modification.
- Risk stratification in certain subcategories of diseases such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy that present with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death.
- Studies have shown that 20% of strokes in patients over 70 years of age may be due to subclinical atrial fibrillation. In such cases the Holter is recommended to investigate and prevent further events.
Please contact us in case you need personalized detailed clarifications. This examination is performed in our office with the existing modern equipment.