Holter Monitor

What is a Holter Monitor?

A Holter Monitor is like an ECG that records the electrical activity of the heart continuously over a 24 hour period. This test monitors any electrical changes or rhythm abnormalities of your heart. Reasons for holter monitoring may include investigating the cause of palpitations, dizzy spells and blackouts and to detect abnormal heart rhythms effectiveness of medications on the heart.

What do I need to do to prepare for my test?

It is recommended that you shower prior to your appointment as you will be unable to during the testing period, and to wear a two piece outfit to allow easy access to the chest. It is encouraged that you adhere to normal daily activities, so that the ECG readings will be a true representation of your typical daily routine. Please bring along a list of your medications for us to record.

What happens during the test?

A height and weight will be acquired before the monitor is attached. A cardiac technician will place electrodes on your chest with thin leads connected to the monitor. To ensure a good quality trace is obtained some skin preparation, including light abrasion and cleansing with alcohol wipes may be necessary. For men, shaving the area for electrode placement may be required. Once the electrodes and leads are in place they are secured with a medical adhesive tape.

The Holter monitor is about the size of a mobile phone and is easily stored in a pocket or on a lanyard around your neck. The technician will ensure you feel comfortable and that the monitor is working correctly before you leave the clinic.

A diary to record any symptoms that you may experience (palpitations, light headedness etc.) and daily activities (e.g. exercise) will be provided to you.

You will be required to return the next day for the monitor to be removed.

How long does the test take?

Approximately 30 minutes for the monitor to be attached and 15 minutes the following day for the monitor to be detached.

Is there a Medicare Rebate?

Yes, as long as patients have a valid referral and a Medicare card.

When will I know the results?

Ourcardiologists will review the collected data and a report will be generated for your GP or referring doctor, usually within 2-3 days. The data obtained is digitally stored to enable precise comparisons should you require future tests. Please contact your specialists rooms if you do not already have a follow up appointment booked.