( loop recorder)
What is a cardiac event monitor?
A cardiac event monitor is a small recorder that records
your heart activity only when you want it to. When you experience symptoms, you
activate the monitor to make a brief recording of your heart६ectrical
Why do I need a cardiac event monitor?
Event monitors help your doctor to diagnose problems that donਡppen often
enough for an EKG or Holter monitor to record. They are very useful to your
doctor in diagnosing problems with your heart rhythm (arrhythmias) that happen
Before the test
- You do not need to do anything special to prepare for the test.
When you arrive for the test
- Your doctor or the staff at the testing center will give you a monitor and
instructions on how to use it.
During the test
- You will use this monitor for a period of a few days to two weeks.
The frequency of your symptoms indicates how long you should wear it.
- Carry it with you at all times.
- Do not drop the monitor or get it wet.
- Do not place the monitor near a magnet.
- Do not use an electric blanket during the time you are using the event
- If your monitor uses sticky patches (electrodes), you must make sure that
they are always securely attached to your skin.
- You should maintain your usual activity level.
- Keep a "diary" of your daily activities:
- List any significant activities like walking, bicycling, gardening,
resting, and eating.
- List any symptoms you feel and what you are doing at the time.
- Write down when you take your medicine.
- Write the date and the time for each entry.
- When you feel symptoms, you will record your heartࡣtivity with the
monitor. To do this, press the record button on the monitor.
- You may be instructed to send the recording of your EKG over the phone to
a monitoring center. To do this, you simply hold the monitor to the mouthpiece
of the phone and push a button.
- The staff at the monitoring center will ask you about your symptoms and
review your EKG. They will also prepare a report for your doctor.
- If your EKG shows a dangerous rhythm, your doctor will be notified
- You may receive instructions from your doctor or testing center that are
slightly different than what you read here. You should follow the specific
instructions that you receive from your doctor or testing center.
After the test
- You will return the monitor to the doctor௦fice or testing center when
instructed to do so.
- Be sure to bring your diary with you when you return the monitor.
- Your doctor will discuss the results of the test with you.