Holter Monitoring

How do I prepare for the Test?

The only requirement is that the patient wears loose-fitting clothes. Buttons down the front of a shirt or blouse are preferable. This makes it convenient to apply the EKG electrodes, and also comfortably carry the monitor in a relatively discreet manner.

How safe is the test?

Holter monitoring is extremely safe and no different than carrying around a small tape recorder for 24 hours. Some patients are sensitive to the electrode adhesive, but no serious allergic reactions are known.

When will I get the results?

The report is provided to the physician, together with multiple EKG strips after the tape has been scanned by the technician. If the technician sees a rhythm that is life-threatening or potentially dangerous the physician is informed immediately. Otherwise, it may take a few days before you get the official results from your physician’s office. At that time, you may also receive additional recommendations based upon the results of the test.