What is a Holter monitor?
A Holter monitor is a lightweight, wearable device that records the electrical
activity or your heart continuously. Your doctor may recommend you wear the device for periods of 24hrs up to two weeks or more, depending on your symptoms.
Why has my doctor ordered a myPatch Holter test?
Doctors typically may have requested a myPatch Holter test if you are experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, excessive sweating, fainting/near fainting or loss of breath -which can be associated with irregular heart rhythm, A myPatch Holter will help your doctor determine any irregular heart activity, which may occur intermittently over the course of a day or more, Wearing the monitor provides your doctor with information about any heart issues you may be experiencing, or whether treatment of the issue/s is working if you have a previous diagnosis.
Do I need to limit my activity while wearing a myPatch Holter monitor?
One of the benefits of a myPatch Holter device is that you are free to work, exercise, shower or do any other regular daily activities, In fact, many patients forget that they are wearing a myPatch Holter, We recommend wearing comfortable, loose clothing throughout the duration of the test, in case you need to tap the device to record an event.
myPatch Holter monitors allow you to have a detailed look at your heart health, without altering your lifestyle, Some of the benefits include:
Are there any side effects to wearing the myPatch Holter monitor?
myPatch is lightweight and comfortable with no side effects for most patients. Some slight skin irritation may occur while wearing the myPatch Holter monitor, which is completely normal. If a significant rash occurs, it is best to remove the device and contact your health professional immediately, as it is possible that you are allergic to the adhesives.
What do I do if I experience symptoms while wearing the myPatch Holter monitor?
One of the myPatch Halter’s features is that it allows you to indicate if you experience any mild symptoms, such as dizziness. You simply doubletap the device firmly and quickly. A blue light will come on to show the event has been marked on your test. Your health professional may also provide you with a symptom diary, so you can write down your symptoms and activity leave during the event. If you experience any severe symptoms while wearing the myPatch Holter monitor, then follow the medical advice of your health professional and seek help immediately.
What do I do if I notice issues with the myPatch Holter monitor?
If you have any issues or concerns with the device during your test, contact your health professional. A red light on the device can indicate there is a fault, while if there is a yellow light then the device may have a low battery. If there are any issues with your device, then contact your health professional.
What happens after the test?
Your heart data will be sent for analysis and interpretation at Cardiac Monitoring Service, and results will be returned to your health professional within 24hrs. Once they’ve received the information, they will discuss whether further tests and examinations are needed, or any diagnosis and treatments plans.
In 49+ years as a practicing cardiologist, Dr Harry Mond has published 260+ published manuscripts & books. A co-founder of CardioScan, he remains Medical Director and oversees 500K+ heart studies each year.
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