A cardiac event monitor is used to record a patient’s heart rhythm to determine the cause of unexplained dizziness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeats, fainting, or chest pain. These tests evaluate the heart’s electrical activity, will indicate the thickness of the heart walls, and provide other important data on the functioning of the cardiovascular system.
There are different types of event monitors. They can be worn like a wristwatch, carried in a purse or pocket, or worn like a beeper. The monitor may or may not be attached to a person’s chest using wires and adhesive patches.
There is no special preparation necessary for cardiac event monitoring.
Cardiac event recorders are typically worn over a period of 14 – 30 day, during which patients are encouraged to go about their usual activities, but may be asked to record the dates and times for activities such as walking, resting, and eating, when medication is taken, and when symptoms occur.
A cardiologist will review the recordings and use the data to help diagnose the cause of the symptoms the patient has been experiencing.
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