Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor is a small, portable device that continuously records your heart rate and rhythm to help determine if you have heart problems that may not be detected during a doctor’s office visit or by an electrocardiogram (EKG).

If you are experiencing chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting, a Holter monitor may indicate cardiac issues that need treatment. The Holter may also be used to determine the functioning of the heart after cardiac surgery, or to see if medications you take to treat heart rhythm problems are working as they should. The device will be worn for 24 to 48 hours while performing your usual daily activities unless restricted by your practitioner. You should not swim, shower, bathe, or otherwise get the device wet.

Appointments are Required

Please contact Respiratory Care at 563-927-7354 to schedule an appointment. When you come for your appointment, enter through the Main Entrance on the west side of the hospital and register at Lab/Radiology/Respiratory Care, located just past the Auxiliary Gift Shop. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes and bring a copy of your medications with you.

During the Test

You will need to keep a diary of symptoms for the duration of the test. Your diary should include the date, time of day, duration and type of symptoms i.e. palpitations, heart racing, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting, as well as periods of rest and physical activity. You will need to press the event button when you experience a cardiac event such as palpitations, heart racing, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting. The correlation between the event button and your diary provides the exact time the symptom occurred and will allow the technician that evaluates the test to determine if there was abnormal heart activity at that specific time.

After the Test

Please provide your detailed diary to the Respiratory Care Department when you return for the removal of your monitor. If you are removing the monitor yourself, please follow these instructions:

  1. Remove the batteries from the monitor and throw them away (do not place back in the monitor) Monitor may read BAD BATTERY--this is normal.
  2. Remove the patches from yourself and discard.
  3. Place monitor, lead wires, and diary in a bag and return to Regional Medical Center Respiratory Care Department at your earliest convenience.

A cardiologist will review the recordings, and your practitioner will inform you of the results at the next visit or sooner, if needed.