When your heart has a critical condition and requires a detailed observation for finding the best treatment plan, a 24-hour Holter test is the doctor’s choice. Dr. Siva Kumar Reddy, finds this test adept at helping him in curing his patients.
What Is A 24-hour Holter Test?
A 24-hour Holter test records the activities of your heart for 24 hours. It can record heart rhythm and heart rate. It has a small (slightly larger than a deck of card) device attached to several wires or electrodes. The monitor hangs over your chest from your neck and the electrodes are attached to your chest with a glue-like gel.
When Is A 24-hour Holter Test Recommended?
Primarily, a 24-hour Holter test is recommended if an instant imaging technique does not reveal any abnormality and yet the patient suffers from fainting, convulsions, dizziness, abnormal heartbeat, etc.
It is also recommended in annual health checkups for people who have a history of heart problems in their past or in their family. A 24-hour Holter test helps a doctor to understand if the on-going treatment plan or an implanted heart device is benefiting the patient and if not, how the medicines or their doses are to be altered so that it benefits the patient.
Is A 24-hour Holter Test Safe?
The 24-hour Holter test is entirely safe. The lightweight monitor plainly sits on your chests for a day and notes how your heart performs in your daily life. There is absolutely no pain or irritation involved. However, since it’s just a one-day thing, you may be constantly aware of the device touching your skin.
How To Prepare For A 24-hour Holter Test?
When you consult a cardiologist, he will listen to your discomfort, perform a physical examination on you and then, if required, you may be asked to take the 24-hour Holter test. You can wear the device immediately – you don’t have to do anything specific before starting the test. However, while you are wearing the device, you must ensure the following:
- Do not remove the device for 24 hours
- If the electrodes detach, re-attach them. (You will receive instructions on how to do that.)
- Ensure that the monitor sits on your chest closely.
- Do not bathe or swim for that day.
- Lead a normal day – do not over- or under-exercise.