A Holter monitor continuously records a patient's EKG for 24 hours. Because the recording covers the entire 24 hours, Holter monitoring is much more likely to detect an abnormal heart rhythm when compared to the EKG which lasts less than a minute. Since it can be worn during the patient's regular daily activities, it helps Dr. Matzer correlate symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations (a sensation of fast or irregular heart rhythm), fatigue, shortness of breath or black outs to any abnormal heart rhythm.
Some reasons for Dr. Matzer to order a Holter monitor recording include, but are not limited to, the following:
What to expect?
Dr. Matzer’s Holter monitoring system utilizes the latest, state-of-the-art technologies and is quite small, is battery-powered, and digitally records your EKG. The Holter monitor has a strap that you wear over your shoulder or around your waist. The monitor also has wires called leads. The leads attach to metal disks called electrodes, which are placed on the chest. The electrodes stick to the skin with a gel.These electrodes are very sensitive, and they can pick up the electrical impulses of the heart which are recorded by the Holter monitor
Holter monitoring is a painless test. You will need to go Dr. Matzer’s office to be fitted for the monitor. Once you are fitted with the Holter monitor, you cannot get it wet in the shower or bathtub. While you are wearing the monitor, you may be asked note when you have symptoms or the activites that you are doing. This will help the Dr. Matzer correlate the EKG finding on the Holter to your symptoms or to your activities. Otherwise, you can do your typical activities, except those that might get the Holter monitor wet.
Dr. Matzer personally analyzes and reviews the results from the Holter monitor. She will then meet with you to discuss the results.
Dr. Lisa Matzer is a female cardiologist and internist for Burbank, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Glendale, Studio City, Los Angeles, and the Southern California. Specialities include treatment, diagnosis, management and prevention of men and women's heart disease and men's and women's preventive health.
Copyright 2010 Lisa Matzer, M.D., A Prof Corp, a female cardiologist and internist serving Burbank and Los Angeles, All rights reserved.