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Digital Holter Monitor is a small recording device, about the size of a pager, that records your heart rate and electrical pattern for an extended amount of time (usually 24 – 48 hrs). The test report is analyzed and reviewed by your provider and is used to develop or change a plan of treatment (usually medications).

Preparation:

  • Wear a shirt or blouse that opens in the front
  • Continue your medications as directed by your provider​

During the test:

  • A small area of your chest will be cleaned and shaved if needed, and sticky pads (electrodes) will be applied to your chest
  • Cable and wires will be connected to the electrodes.
  • You may perform your usual daily activities EXCEPT – NO BATHING OR SHOWERS
  • You may take a sponge bath only. KEEP THE ELECTRODES, CABLES, WIRES AND RECORDER DRY AT ALL TIMES
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPEN THE RECORDER.
  • Keep the diary provided to you by the technician and write down any activities, symptoms, and the times of any activities or symptoms. Bring the diary back to the technician when you return wearing the recorder.
  • Try to sleep on your back so that the wires and cables will stay connected. If one comes off, you can attempt to put it back on. If you cannot get it back on, call the technician when the office opens and let them know.

After the test:

  • The recorder disc is scanned, and a computer report is sent to your provider.
  • After your provider reviews the scan and develops a plan of care, the nurse will contact you with the results and any instructions. You should expect the results in 10-14 days.