A cardiac event recorder is a battery-powered portable device that you control to record your heart’s electrical activity (ECG) when you have symptoms. A symptom event monitor is a hand-held device as big as a cell phone.
When you feel a symptom or irregular heartbeat you press a button on the monitor to alert a symptom is happening. This activates the monitor to record that symptom and your ECG tracings. A report will be sent to our office where we can determine if your irregular heartbeats or symptoms require more testing or treatment. Your doctor may require you to wear the device for up to 30 days.
Tests such as electrocardiograms let your doctor look at your heart’s activity at rest and at one point in time. But abnormal heart rhythms and cardiac symptoms may come and go. The main purpose of an event monitor is to record your heart rate and rhythm during a symptom (“event”). Doctors most often use these monitors to diagnose arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.
For your convenience, the device is mailed to your house with detailed instructions and a prepaid packaging slip for return.