We offer a holter monitor service, which is 100% bulk billed.
Please arrive 15mins prior to your appointment.
Children must not accompany adults whilst being fitted with a Holter monitor and cannot be left unattended in the waiting room.
WHAT IS A HOLTER MONITOR?
A Holter monitor is a continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) taken to see how your pulse and heart rhythm respond while you are performing your normal daily activities.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THIS TEST?
This is a simple procedure. ECG monitoring electrodes will be put on your chest by a Nurse Technician during your initial appointment. These electrodes will pick up signals from your heart and transfer them to the portable recorder, where they will be recorded. The recording will later be transformed into a report, which your doctor will analyse.
Holter differs from a resting ECG in that a resting ECG records only a small portion of your heart’s activity; ie it is only a snapshot of your pulse and rhythm.
Moreover, a resting ECG is taken while you are at rest and therefore does not show how your heart will react to daily activities.
BEFORE THE TEST
There is no specific preparation for this test. Just remember that once the monitor is applied, you will be wearing it for approximately 24 or 48 hours.
DURING THE TEST
DO NOT tamper with the recorder in any way. You are responsible for its care.
DO NOT take a shower or bath or get the equipment wet in any way.
DO NOT use an electric blanket while wearing the holter monitor as it may interfere with the recording.
DO NOT pull on the electrode leads or disturb the tape holding the electrodes against the skin. If the electrodes do come loose, come into the clinic.
AFTER THE TEST
Holter Monitors are generally put on in the morning or afternoon. Please return at the specific time indicated the following day. The Nurse technician will collect all equipment for analysis.
You may experience skin irritation at the electrode sites.