Holter Monitoring

Frequently Asked Questions about Holter Monitoring

Q. How do we prepare for the test?
A. Depending on the age of your child, you will probably want to explain what the test entails in age-appropriate terms.

You may wish to have your child bathe before coming in for the test, since she won't be able to shower or take a bath during the next 24 hours.

Have your child wear a two-piece outfit to the exam, and make sure the shirt isn't too tight, as this may cause the electrodes to come off when the shirt is removed later.

Q. What do we do if an electrode does come off?
A. Replace the patch using surgical tape or a band-aid as soon as possible. Call Dr. Alenick's office at (201) 768-2077 for further instructions.

Q. What should I do if a wire becomes unattached?
A. Just snap it back on and record the time.

Q. What if I drop the recorder or it starts making noise?
A. Don't open it! Call (201) 768-2077 for further instructions.

Q. What special steps do we need to take while the monitor is in place?
A. Remember that the test is designed to monitor the heart's rhythms while the body goes through its normal daily activities. Don't change anything you'd normally do except the following:
  • Do not get the electrodes, wires or recorder wet (no baths, showers or swimming).

  • Try to sleep on your back and keep the recorder at your side, so the electrodes are not accidently pulled off during the night.

  • Avoid x-rays, electric blankets, magnets, metal detectors and high-voltage areas (such as power lines). Though perfectly safe, these devices could emit signals that could affect how your monitor works.

  • Do not use talcum or baby powder.
Q. What is the diary used for?
A. You will use it to log all your activities (riding your bike,etc.), as well as the exact time you experience any symptoms (chest pain, rapid heart beats, etc.) and what you were doing when you felt them (like riding the bike uphill). Remember to use the clock on the monitor to note the time of day.

Q. How long will it take to get the results from the test?
A. The information from the recorder is scanned and computer-analyzed. After the doctor reviews the findings, you will be contacted to discuss the results (usually within several business days).

Q. Now that the electrodes have been removed, my child's skin is red where the patches were attached. What should I do?
A. Wash the areas gently and apply lotion daily until the irritation disappears or is no longer bothersome. Cool compresses will provide instant (albeit temporary) relief.