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What are the risks or drawbacks to using the Holter monitor?

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A Holter monitor is a home device that continuously records your heart’s electrical activity. It’s painless, but some people have mild skin irritation from the tape used to attach the electrodes to the chest.

You can’t get the monitor wet, so you can't bathe, shower, or swim. Taking it off for one of those things isn't a good option. You might miss an important heart event that could give your doctor key information about your health. If your doctor recommends this test for you, you need to keep the monitor on during the entire test period.

You'll also need to write in your symptom diary and push the monitor's event button if you feel symptoms of a heart problem. If you don't, the monitor won't provide useful information.

From: Why Do I Need a Holter Monitor? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Holter Monitor," "Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)," "FAQs About Atrial Fibrillation," "Prevention and Treatment of Arrhythmia," "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "About Arrhythmia," "Warning Signs of a Heart Attack."   

Johns Hopkins University: "Holter Monitor."

NIH: "Who Needs a Holter or Event Monitor?"

Zimetbaum, P. , Oct. 19, 2010. Circulation

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

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American Heart Association: "Holter Monitor," "Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)," "FAQs About Atrial Fibrillation," "Prevention and Treatment of Arrhythmia," "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "About Arrhythmia," "Warning Signs of a Heart Attack."   

Johns Hopkins University: "Holter Monitor."

NIH: "Who Needs a Holter or Event Monitor?"

Zimetbaum, P. , Oct. 19, 2010. Circulation

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 01, 2018

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