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how to read holter monitor results?

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Dr. John Ahlering
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Talk to your Doctor: Holter Monitor used to look for abnormal heartbeats or patterns of heartbeats. They are often missed on basic ecg(EKG). The causes and types of findings are numerous. Care must be individualized to you!! Ask your Doctor. Everyone skips a few to several hundred heartbeats in 24 hours, but the pattern is very important. Go over your results with the person who ordered your test. Good Luck!
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Keeping an accurate diary of your activities (especially if you feel palpitations or irregular rhythm) can aid the doc immensely
May 17, 2014
Dr. John Ahlering
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Talk to your Doctor: Holter Monitor used to look for abnormal heartbeats or patterns of heartbeats. They are often missed on basic ecg(EKG). The causes and types of findings are numerous. Care must be individualized to you!! Ask your Doctor. Everyone skips a few to several hundred heartbeats in 24 hours, but the pattern is very important. Go over your results with the person who ordered your test. Good Luck!

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What type of doctor can order a holter monitor?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Any doctor: Primary care doctors often order a holter monitor (which records heart rhythm for 24 - 48 hours) to evaluate palpitations and they are interpreted most often by internists and cardiologists. It is very helpful for the wearer to mark the moment they are experiencing symptoms by depressing a button on the device. This allows the physician to correlate the rhythm at the moment of the symptoms.
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How common is it for someone to need a holter monitor?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Holter monitor: It depends on the patient's symptoms and the frequency that they occur. Holter monitors are useful for picking up arrhythmias that occur on a frequent, usually daily basis since the monitor is in place for 24-48 hours. Arrhythmias that occur less frequently are better detected with a 30 day ambulatory event monitor.
A member asked:

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the holter monitor?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Holter: No.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What's the simplest holter monitor to use nowadays? Any units hook up to an iphone?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Holter monitor: There are several small holter monitors and event recorders on the market. One of the simplest is the size of a large band aid and records for two weeks. It is then removed and mailed in to be analyzed. There are none presently on the market that connect to cell phones though this technology is coming.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

What does longest R-R mean on a holter report? Is 1.544 seconds normal for a 29 year old?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
R R interval: The RR interval is the time between heart beats. The normal RR interval is between 0.6 -1.0( 60 to 100 beats per minute.

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