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Heart monitors can be used to record your heart rhythm over an extended time and identify abnormal heart rhythms.
The Holter monitor is a type of electrocardiogram (EKG) used to record a continuous EKG tracing of your heart for 24 hours or longer. A standard or "resting" EKG is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches that stick to the skin) are placed at certain locations on the chest and abdomen. When the electrodes are connected to an EKG machine by wires, the electrical activity of the heart is measured, recorded, and printed. No electricity is sent into the body.
Insertable Cardiac Monitor
An insertable cardiac monitor (ICM)continually sends data to a central monitoring station so that it can be accessed by a cardiologist at any time, from any location. Your cardiologist can use this data to tailor a treatment plan that can include medication, lifestyle modification or additional procedures.
Data is continually sent to a central monitoring station and can be accessed by a cardiologist at any time, from any location. Your cardiologist uses this data to tailor a treatment plan that can include medication, lifestyle modification or additional procedures.
How It Works
The device, which is smaller than a paperclip and lightweight, is inserted just beneath the skin in the chest area. The simple outpatient procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes approximately five minutes. The device requires no recording pads or wires. It constantly monitors heart rhythms for up to three years; data is continually sent to a central monitoring station and can be accessed at any time, from any location.
In addition, if a patient suffers a fainting spell or other episodes, they or a family member can use the device to record the heart’s rhythm before, during and after the episode.
With an ICM, there is no need to change your daily activities and routines and you can safely undergo an MRI.