Your physician has ordered this test to look for any electrical heart rhythm problems. At your appointment, a technologist will apply small adhesive electrodes to your skin. In order to ensure that the electrodes adhere well, we may need to use a skin prep gel or shave a small amount of hair from the chest. The electrodes are then attached by wires to a monitoring device called a Holter monitor.
If you are undergoing a Holter test, you will be asked to enter any symptoms (palpitations, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, chest pain) into a patient diary. You will also be asked to record the time you experienced these symptoms. You will be given a time to return the monitor. The test will be interpreted by a physician, and a report sent back to your doctor.