This non-invasive test is simple and painless and uses electrodes attached to the chest to record the heart’s electrical activity.
A holter monitor is worn close to the body for 24-48 hours to monitor the heart’s activity during normal daily activities.
A cardiac event monitor is a device used to monitor patients with transient cardiac symptoms. This monitor can be worn for up to 30 days, and can normally store approximately 5 “cardiac events” usually lasting 30-60 seconds in duration.
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor
No larger than a cell phone, this monitor measures blood pressure at intervals, noting fluctuations throughout the day, providing a truer picture. This is especially helpful for patients who experience ‘white coat syndrome’ when having their pressure taken at their physician’s office.
During a stress test, a patient walks briskly on a treadmill while connected to a heart monitor. Images taken before and after the physical activity, as well as the read out of the monitor, provide the physician with an accurate report of the condition of the heart.
Low-Risk Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is performed by a cardiologist and detects blocked arteries, valve defects, or heart muscle damage. It can also confirm that the heart is normal, providing reassurance that a patient’s symptoms are not related to heart problems.
A cardiologist performs cardiac catheterization by placing a thin flexible tube, or catheter, into a blood vessel and advancing it to the heart so that it can show the pumping ability of the heart and the blood flow through the coronary arteries.