Why They Help
Holter and Loop monitoring are effective ways of determining irregular electrical activity in the heart while you go about performing daily chores. They help record and illustrate how your heart responds to normal stimuli and alert doctors to abnormal changes in electrical activity that may be to blame for your recurrent chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, palpitations and other symptoms of poor cardiac health.
How They Work
The battery-operated holter or loop device is connected to pairs of electrodes that are placed on your chest to record and monitor the electrical activity in your heart. These lightweight devices can be easily strapped across your chest, tucked into your belt or placed inside pockets without affecting your ability and movement as you go about your regular day.
On Test Day
- Remember to dress comfortable in lightweight and loose clothing that make electrode and device placement easy and quick.
- Abstain from using oil and other lubricants around the chest area to avoid delays in electrode placement.
- Alert cardiac staff of all present medication so you can be informed of what pills to skip during testing period, as these may hamper the accuracy of the recording.
- Carefully go over all the items in the consent form and have all your concerns addressed both before commencing with testing and leaving the facility.
Patients are instructed to not bring their holter or loop device in contact with water and electrical devices such as shavers and blankets that might cause disruptions during your holter or loop monitoring.
Similarly, be sure to place your device on a nearby flat surface while you sleep so electrodes remain intact with the device at all times.