Cardiac Event Monitors
The cardiac event monitor is used to detect abnormal heart rhythms.
This small device records the heart's electrical activity (rhythm) at the push of a button. Patients trigger the device when they first being to feel signs such as:
- Heart racing and/or fluttering
The monitor stores the heart rhythm. Later that rhythm is sent via the telephone to the doctor for review. This test allows for on-demand heart monitoring outside the hospital/clinic setting when symptoms are noted and as you go about your normal routine. The test results help guide your doctor to choose treatment options to meet your specific needs.
The monitor, about the size of a deck of cards, is clipped to your waistband. The monitor is connected to a set of wires which attaches to two electrodes worn on your chest. The monitor can be worn for up to 30-days. It is removed during bathing.
The electrodes measure the heart's electrical activity. The electrode placement areas may be shaved, if needed. The area is cleaned with water, rubbing alcohol or a pumic solution designed for this purpose.
Once the electrodes are in place, monitoring wires are attached to each electrode. The other ends of the lead wires are connected to a recording monitor.
Once the monitor is in place the doctor explains in detail how to:
- Trigger the monitor to record your heart rhythm
- Use the diary to record symptoms
- Change the electrodes and the monitor batteries
- Attach the monitor wires