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Why might your doctor recommend a Holter monitor?

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This small home device records your heart's electrical activity for at least 24 to 48 hours. Your doctor may recommend one if:

  • You have a fast, pounding, or fluttering heartbeat.
  • Your heartbeat is too slow, too fast, or otherwise irregular.
  • You're tired, short of breath, dizzy or feeling faint.
  • You have chest pain that isn't caused by an exercise test.
  • There's a need to know how well your heart medication or pacemaker is working.
  • The doctor needs to determine if you are at risk for future heart problems after a heart attack or because of another genetic or pre-existing condition.
  • You have a pacemaker and feel dizzy.

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

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

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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