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What conditions can be monitored using the Holter monitor?

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This small home device records your heart's electrical activity for at least 24 to 48 hours. It can help diagnose many heart conditions, including:

  • Atrial fibrillation, a rapid heartbeat that can lead to stroke
  • Ventricular tachycardia, a fast heartbeat that starts in your heart's lower chambers
  • Other irregular heartbeats (your doctor might call them "cardiac arrhythmias"), including signaling (conduction) disorders and slow heartbeat

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

Sources

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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