Cardiac Event Monitoring
Cardiac event monitoring is a diagnostic tool which allows the physician to capture cardiac events which occur sporadically.
Often patients note an irregular heartbeat, dizziness or fainting once every few days or only once or twice a month making the event very difficult to capture on 24-hour holter monitoring. The event monitor is normally worn for 30-days.
What do I do?
The patient presents to the physician's office for a 30-minute visit. The technician provides you with a monitor which is a bit larger than a pager. Three monitoring leads are attached to the chest and the patient wears the monitor all the time. The patient is provided with adequate supplies and instructions to remove the device for showering, etc. and reattach the leads.
How does it work?
The monitor constantly looks at your heart rate and rhythm. It is programmed so that you trigger it to record by depressing a button. For patients who are unable to do this, we program the device to automatically record. Once you have recorded an event, call the 800 number provided and send the event across the telephone line. The event is reviewed during the next office day and you are notified if intervention is needed. At the end of the 30-day period, mail the device back to the company (supplies provided). The cardiologist who interprets the test results notifies you or the referring physician of the results and any necessary intervention.