happens when the test is performed?
- A technician in your doctor's office or a diagnostic lab fits
you with a Holter monitor and explains how to use it. Five stickers
are attached to your chest.Wires snap onto each of these stickers
and connect them to the monitor. The wires detect your heart's
electrical pattern throughout the day, while the monitor records
and stores the data for doctors to interpret later. You can fit
the monitor into a purse or jacket pocket or wear it over your
shoulder by its strap.
You can go about your normal activities with two exceptions.
First, you can't take a shower or bath during the period that
you're wearing the monitor. Second, you are given a small diary
in which to note any worrisome symptoms you feel and record the
time when they occur. The doctor will later review both your
diary and the data about your heart's activity from the monitor,
to see if any symptoms you experienced were caused by some underlying
heart problem. There are no side effects from the testing.