About Holter Monitors

A Holter monitor is a small portable tape recorder attached to electrodes which are adhered to your chest. The electrical activity of your heart is recorded on a magnetic tape via the electrodes. The monitor is worn for a specific number of hours (usually 24 hours) during all of your daily activities.  
After the monitor has been removed from you, a specially trained technician will scan the recording with the use of a Holter monitor scanner. The results will be interpreted by a cardiologist and a report will be sent to your physician who will discuss the results with you.
A diary will be given to you in order that you may record the activity that you are doing at the time of feeling dizzy, chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath etc. This will be explained in detail by the Holter technician when the monitor is initially given to you.

Holter Instructions

-Do not use any bath or body oil, lotion, or powder as the skin must be free of oil and powder where the electrodes are placed.
-Bathe or shower prior to having the monitor put on as you will be unable to do this while you are wearing the monitor.
-Do not scratch, rub or remove the electrodes.

 Medications 
-Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor on the day the monitor is put on.
-Bring a complete list of the medications you take including dosage and how often 
you take them or bring your medications with you.

 Returning the Device 

The technician will instruct you as to when the device is to be returned to our office. Do not try to remove the monitor yourself unless otherwise discussed.

In the event of a scheduling difficulty, please call our office between 9am and 5pm.


About Event Recorders

An event recorder is a small pager-sized recorder with lead wires which are attached to electrodes that are adhered to your chest. Electrical activity of your heart is recorded by the event recorder. The event recorder is worn for approximately 2-4 weeks.
The event recorder is worn all the time, but you will record the electrical activity of your heart only when you press the "record" button. You will press the "record" button when you are having symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations, mild shortness of breath.
After the recording is complete, you will call in the transmission. The recorded information will be sent over the telephone. We will receive the transmission of your recording. The results will be interpreted by one of the cardiologists at Saratoga Cardiology Associates. 
The above information will be explained in detail by the technician when the monitor is initially given to you.

Event Recorder Instructions

-Do not use any bath or body oil, lotion, or powder as the skin must be free of oil and   
powder where the electrodes are placed.

 Medications 

-Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor on the day the monitor is put on.

 Returning The Device 

The technician will instruct you as to when the device is to be returned to our office. Do not try to remove the monitor yourself unless otherwise discussed.

In the event of a scheduling difficulty, please call our office between 9am and 5pm.