Here at Heart Services, we understand that many of our patients are cautious about leaving their homes or attending busy medical practices during the pandemic.
We would like to reassure you that we are staying informed with current government guidelines, have stringent cleaning guidelines for our staff, and are practicing social distancing both between staff and in the waiting areas.
If you have further concerns about attending your appointment, please feel free to contact us. Alternatively, you can contact your referring doctor to discuss the urgency of you test.
If you have travelled overseas in the last month or have been in contact with anyone who has, had direct contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have any flu like symptoms, please call us to reschedule your appointment.
We thank you all for support and understanding during these uncertain times.
A holter monitor is a simplified ECG monitor designed to record your heart rate and rhythm over approximately a 24 hour period. Three adhesive ECG electrodes will be applied to your chest, which are connected to three ECG cables and a small monitor (about the size of a mobile phone). This monitor can be worn attached to your belt, or on a strap worn around your neck. You will be advised to participate in your normal daily activities.
The monitor takes approximately 20 minutes to attach. Please note that appointments are available only in the morning. The monitor is worn for approximately 24 hours, then you are asked to return the monitor the next morning at a specified time.
• Shower or bath before your appointment (as you will not be able to bath or shower whilst wearing the monitor)
• Please bring a list of current medications with you
• If possible, please wear a 2-piece item of clothing (for example a blouse/shirt and skirt/shorts/pants) as you will be asked to remove your shirt or blouse.
You will be asked to remove your shirt or blouse and lie down on your back where possible (gowns will be provided for female patients). Adhesive electrodes will be placed on your chest, arms and legs, which will then be connected to ECG cables. You will be asked to lie still and quiet for a brief time whilst a 12 lead ECG recording is taken. Upon completion of the ECG recording, the leads and stickers will be removed.
The technician will prepare the skin on your chest beneath the electrodes to achieve adequate skin-electrode contact (including shaving if necessary, an alcohol wipe and light abrasion with sandpaper). After the three electrodes for the monitor are placed on your skin, they will be secured with some extra tape to ensure the electrodes and leads remain firmly attached throughout the 24 hour period.
If you have any allergies to medical tape or band aids please advise the technician PRIOR to the attachment of your holter monitor.
Things you cannot do whilst wearing the blood pressure monitor
• Sleeping with an electric blanket turned on
• MRI/CT scan/X-rays
• Showering or bathing
Your holter monitor results will be interpreted by a trained technician and cardiologist. The cardiologists report will be sent to your referring doctor within two working days. Your referring doctor will then discuss your results with you at your review appointment.
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