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Departments: Cardiology

24 Hour Holter Monitoring
Holter monitoring involves the continuous recording of rate and rhythm of the heart for either 24 or 48 hours. Three electrodes are placed on the chest and connected to a small discrete recorder. This is worn by the patient while they go about their normal daily activity. Holter monitoring is a very useful tool in the assessment and diagnosis of a range of symptoms, such as palpitations, dizziness and cardiac arrhythmia. No special preparation is necessary.

Event Recorders

Event recorders are very similar to Holter monitors. They are used for patients who do not get symptoms regularly. The event recorder is worn continually by the patient. When the patient feels symptoms they switch on the monitor and an ECG is recorded for a set period around the time of activation. Up to twenty events may be recorded by the patient. The recorder is usually issued to the patient for a 7-10 day period. No special preparation is necessary.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring involves wearing a blood pressure cuff on the arm attached to a small monitor box worn on a belt around the waist for a 24 hour period. The aim of the test is to assess patient’s blood pressure at regular intervals every 20-30 minutes during the day and every hour at night, while the patient goes about their normal daily activities. This will give the doctor a clear picture of the blood pressure fluctuations during the 24 hour period. Patients are advised to record a brief diary particularly if they endure symptoms and take prescribed medication. No special preparation is necessary.

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