Holter Monitors and Event Recorders In Atlanta
Cardiac monitoring devices are available to evaluate patients for hidden heart rhythm disturbances which may manifest as palpitations, a “pounding” or “racing” sensation, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, fatigue, or with no symptoms at all. These devices consist of a small “box” unit which is linked to several electrode leads attached to the chest. They are small, worn underneath one’s clothing, and can be carried or attached to a belt or waistband. A Holter Monitor is worn by the patient for 24 to 48 hours, and allows continuous monitoring of the patient’s heart rhythm.
It is useful for detecting unsuspected abnormal heart rhythms in patients lacking symptoms, or in patients who have symptoms frequently throughout the day. An event recorder is worn for 30 days, but only records when it is triggered by the patient (i.e. a button is pressed to trigger the device to record). It is most useful in identifying the cause of symptoms in patients that only experience them infrequently.