Arryhythmia monitoring at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital includes the Holter monitor and the 30-day event monitor. The Holter monitor is a continuous recording of a patient’s EKG for 24 hours. Since it can be worn during the patient’s regular daily activities, it helps the physician correlate symptoms of dizziness, palpitations (a sensation of fast or irregular heart rhythm) or black outs. When recording events of the day on a continuous basis, Holter monitoring is much more likely to detect an abnormal heart rhythm when compared to the EKG which lasts less than a minute. It can also help evaluate the patient’s EKG during episodes of chest pain, during which time there may be telltale changes to suggest ischemia or reduced blood supply to the muscle of the left ventricle.
A cardiac event monitor is used when data needs to be collected for a long period to record infrequent abnormal heart rhythms. The information collected by a cardiac event monitor can be sent over the phone. Two types cardiac event monitors are offered:
- Looping: This is a small device that attaches to the chest with electrodes. It constantly records heartbeats. When symptoms occur the patient presses a button on the monitor to make a permanent recording of their heart rhythm.
- Post-event monitor: This handheld device is used only when symptoms occur. It does not have electrodes that are attached to the chest. When symptoms occur the patient presses a button to start the ECG recording. For more information call 802-257-3145.
Call 802-257-3145 to schedule a test.