The following links take you to patient-friendly information provided by cardiologychannel.com, a physician-monitored resource:
- Cardiosmart.org, a patient education website sponsored by the American College of Cardiology
Some Pamphlets we have prepared to help educate you:
- Aortic Duplex Imaging
- Arterial/Venous Duplex Imaging
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Cardiac Stent
- Carotid Duplex Imaging
- CT Angiography
- Enhanced External Counterpulsation
- Event Monitoring
- Heart Catheterization
- Holter Monitoring
- Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test
- Renal Artery Duplex Imaging
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Treadmill Nuclear Stress Test
- Treadmill Stress Test
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrial fibrillation
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Mitral regurgitation
- Stress and stress management
- Healthy Diet - NHLBI's "Aim for a Healthy Weight"
- Smoking Cessation
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea - Joslin Diabetes Center
- Diabetes - American Diabetic Association
Do you have a personal health story that you would like to share with others?
Many people, especially when newly diagnosed, find comfort in knowing that others are having similar experiences. This is also helpful for loved ones of those dealing with health-related issues.
Healthcommunities.com, Inc., does not endorse specific organizations. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following links, which are provided as a courtesy. If any information requires updating, please contact cardiologychannel.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Heart Association
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Pulmonary Hypertension Association
- Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) Support
- Society for Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
Congenital Heart Defect
- Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)
- Children's Heart Foundation
- The Grown Up Congenital Heart Patients Association
Open Heart Surgery
General Health Care Resources
If there is a concern that you have a slow, fast or irregular heartbeat, your cardiologist may recommend wearing a Holter monitor. This portable device is worn continuously for about 24 to 48 hours or longer, depending on the type of monitoring needed. The device is small, and attaches to your chest with electrodes to record the electrical activity of your heart throughout the day.
Aside from checking the regularity of your heartbeat, your cardiologist may recommend wearing a Holter monitor to see if your medicines are managing your health problems. The results will help your cardiologist decide whether you need additional testing and medication, or if you require a pacemaker to repair your irregular heart rhythm. And if you have a pacemaker, Holter monitoring can help us determine whether it is working properly.
How Do Holter Monitors Work?
When you get an electrocardiogram (EKG) from your cardiologist, it allows us to see your heart's activity at that specific moment. Unfortunately for those with abnormal heart rhythms, their symptoms often come and go, and may not be caught by an EKG. That's why your cardiologist may recommend wearing a Holter monitor while you go about your normal daily activities.
When you come in for your monitor, we will talk to you about how to record your symptoms while you wear it. Then we will attach the electrodes to your chest. Once the electrodes have been placed, we will help you put the monitor on and talk to you about how to care for it.
The monitor can easily fit into a pocket or hang around your shoulder like a purse. While you can go about your normal day-to-day activities wearing the monitor, don't bathe or shower while wearing it, and stay away from metal detectors and X-rays.
Once the test period is over, you will return the monitor to us and we will create a report based on your results. You'll come back for your results in a week or two.
Questions about Holter monitors? Coping with an irregular heartbeat? Then it's time you called our cardiology office today!