A Holter monitor is a device designed to monitor the heart’s rhythm continuously for 24 hours. The patient wears the device, which includes electrodes attached to the chest, and goes about their daily activity. The device records heart rates and heart rhythm during the day and night, which is then stored on a memory medium and is retrieved and reviewed the next day by a physician at our center.
Event monitors are smaller devices for patient monitoring over a longer period of time, generally up to a month. Unlike the Holter monitor, event monitors only record heart rhythm when the patient pushes a button in response to experiencing a symptom. When a recording is made, it can be transmitted over the phone to our center for analysis.