Taking care of your heart health is one of the most important things that you can do for your long term health and wellbeing. Gregory T. Goldstein, MD, and the team at Advantage MRI in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, have extensive experience testing and monitoring the health of their patients’ hearts with the use of a Holter monitor. To learn more, use the online feature, or call today to schedule your first appointment.
The beating of your heart is controlled by a complex arrangement of electrical impulses. These impulses tell your heart when to squeeze, how to squeeze, and how often to squeeze. For many individuals, these electrical signals function day in and day out without any problems, pumping blood throughout the body to nourish all of your body’s tissues. However, there are times when these electrical signals can become disturbed, as with heart disease, a heart attack, or other heart conditions.
By reading and interpreting these electrical impulses, your doctor can tell how healthy your heart is. Many tools available today can detect and interpret these signals, with perhaps the most well-known being an electrocardiogram (ECG). However, a traditional ECG is performed in a short period of time, only providing a snapshot of your heart’s electrical activity. At times, it is important to see how your heart is performing over a longer period.
A Holter monitor is a special instrument that is worn for a long period of time, often 24 to 48 hours, and sometimes longer. It records your heart’s electrical activity as an ECG does over this time period, collecting lots of valuable data. The Holter monitor itself is about the size of a small camera. It is usually worn on a strap and connects to electrodes that are placed on your skin.
You may need to wear a Holter monitor in order to check on the functioning of your heart for several reasons. These may include:
The advantage of a Holter monitor over a regular ECG is that an ECG can sometimes miss irregular heartbeats if they do not occur during the brief window when the ECG is being performed. By having a continuous monitor on, there is a greater likelihood of detecting these irregular patterns.
At your appointment, a technician places the electrodes on your body. If you have hair on your chest, the technician may shave some of the hair to ensure that the electrodes stick firmly to your body. The technician then connects the electrodes to the monitor, which you wear in a pouch that is slung around your body and held in place with a strap.
After the Holter monitor is placed on your body, it is appropriate to engage in your normal activities with several exceptions, such as swimming, bathing, or passing through metal detectors. The team at Advantage MRI will provide you with detailed instructions and will answer any questions that you may have.
To learn more about Holter monitors and whether it may be right for you, call or use the online scheduling feature today to make your first appointment with the team at Advantage MRI.
Notes: Holter Monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records you