There are a number of different types of ambulatory monitoring that may work for you. Consult with your physician to determine which choice will give you the best results.
Your doctor may want to review your heart rate and rhythm for 24 hours. A Holter monitor is an ambulatory cassette recorder which will record your heart rhythm for up to 24 hours. Electrodes will be placed on your chest and the monitor can be worn over your shoulder. You will receive a diary to record any special events i.e. exercise, palpitations, dizziness, or even syncope. After you return the device, the tape will be analyzed and given to the doctor to review. It may take up to a few days for you to get your test results.
You may have a rhythm which does not occur daily. This device records when activated and records a few minutes at a time. When you notice the rhythm that you are concerned about, you can activate the device. The device can be worn for several days. Once recorded, you will be asked to transmit the rhythm to the technician in our office over the phone.
Implantable Loop Recorder
If your rhythm is elusive, and not captured with the event monitor, then a loop recorder may be recommended. This device is implanted under your skin. It will record rhythms for several months. Once the information that is needed is required, then the device can be removed.
Call 303.744.1065 to set up and appointment at the South Denver Heart Center by phone or request an appointment online.