What Does a 24-hour ECG Holter Monitor Show?
It is a constant ECG recording of your heartbeats throughout the day and will detect any abnormal heart rhythms.
This test will allow me to understand whether there are any heart problems related to disturbances of the electrical activity generated in your heart, or any other heart conditions requiring immediate attention and treatment.
The heart rhythm abnormalities could consist in tachycardias, bradycardias and ectopics.
Tachycardia means that the heart pumps faster because of increased transmission of the electrical signal to the heart.
Bradycardia means that the heart pumps slower because of decreased transmission of the electrical signal to the heart.
Ectopics are irregular heartbeats that can originate from the upper or lower chambers of the heart instead of the sinus node (the normal site of origin of the cardiac electrical activity).
What is a 24 h ECG Holter Monitor?
A 24-hour ECG Holter monitor is a device which allows me to assess the heart rate, heart rhythm and electrical activity of the heart. Electrodes and leads will be placed in areas of your chest and they will record continuously your heart rhythm and heart rate throughout your daily activity.
The symptoms which should prompt you to have a 24-hour Holter monitor are:
They can be clinical signs of irregular heartbeats.
- Shortness of breath:
It could be a sign of slow or fast heartbeat.
- Dizziness or loss of consciousness:
It could be a sign of fast acceleration or deceleration of your heart beats causing a reduction of the oxygen delivery to your brain.
The 24 hour holter monitor activity
The 24-hour Holter monitor interpretation is done by a Cardiologist or a Physiologist: the electrocardiogram (ECG) activity of your heart will show whether there are any irregular heartbeats which could be a fast heartbeat or very low heartbeat. Therefore, these will guide us to the necessary treatment.
We can post the Holter Monitor Device to your home. My team will contact you and show you how to fit it on your chest. It is a very simple and straightforward procedure.
Once the recording is over, we’ll send you a courier to collect the device. When we receive it, we analyse it and the results will be with you within 24 hours.
We can detect your heart electrical activity through devices recording for 24 h, 48 h, 72 hours, up to 14 days.
This more prolonged recording is indicated when the symptoms of palpitations experienced by the patient are not very frequent and do not occur every day.