Whether you utilize a wearable monitor or have one implanted, cardiac rhythm monitoring can help to evaluate your heart rhythm. Some options gather data for a few days while others work for years.
Contact a cardiologist when you feel symptoms that are out of the ordinary. If you complain of heart issues, an electrocardiogram will likely be completed, but this short test may not provide enough information to reach a diagnosis.
Sometimes, it’s necessary to monitor the function of your heart for a longer period of time to assess your cardiovascular health.
One of the ways that cardiologists can gather more data and see how your heart performs during a range of daily activities is to equip you with a portable monitor. A Holter monitor, event monitor, and mobile cardiac telemetry unit all use sensors attached to your skin and deliver data to a recording device. While a Holter monitor is typically only used for 24 to 48 hours, mobile telemetry can be utilized for up to 30 days and is often recommended when you have irregular symptoms.
Some symptoms like fainting spells occur occasionally, and in these instances, an implantable loop recorder might be a better option. A small device is surgically inserted just below the skin in your chest and records your heart’s activity for up to three years. This procedure is quick and safe, and once the loop recorder is in place, you can go about your day to day activities with ease. Ultimately, any of the four cardiac rhythm monitoring options will provide a significant amount of data and will help to better diagnose your cardiovascular issues.