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What is a Holter monitor relative to electrocardiograms?

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A Holter monitor is a portable EKG that checks the electrical activity of your heart for one to two days, 24-hours a day. Your doctor may suggest it if he or she suspects you have an abnormal heart rhythm, you have palpitations, or don't have enough blood flow to your heart muscle. Like the standard EKG, it's painless. The electrodes from the monitor are taped to your skin. Once they're in place, you can go home and do all of your normal activities except shower. Your doctor will ask you to keep a diary of what you did and any symptoms you notice.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Electrocardiogram" and "Holter Monitor (24h)."

American College of Cardiology -- CardioSmart.org: "Women and Heart Disease."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 23, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Electrocardiogram" and "Holter Monitor (24h)."

American College of Cardiology -- CardioSmart.org: "Women and Heart Disease."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 23, 2017

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