Patient-activated, trans-telephonic, cardiac Event Monitors allow patients to record irregular heartbeats or limited blood flow to the heart using a miniature transmitter, whenever and wherever they happen.
You wear this portable monitor during your normal daily activities, including while exercising and sleeping. Patients who experience fleeting symptoms, including chest pain, palpitations or unexplained dizziness, have the capability of transmitting these symptoms with their EKGs at the time they occur to help their physicians determine if there are cardiac causes to their symptoms. The Event Monitor is usually worn for 30 days.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE TEST
Like an EKG, the Event Monitor has small patches that are stuck onto your chest. These patches are connected by wires, called leads, to a small recording monitor that you carry in a pocket, pouch or on a belt around your waist.
AFTER THE TEST
You will be wearing this monitor under your clothes for 30 days and will be able to shower. While you are wearing the monitor, you will have to write down what activities you are doing and how you are feeling at the time.
After wearing the monitor for the time frame specified by your physician, you will return the monitor by mail to the manufacturer for analysis.
Your information will be downloaded from your monitor and sent electronically to our Queen’s Heart cardiologists for review. Results of your test will be shared with your physician. Information on how to return the monitor will be provided during your appointment.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TEST
- Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test.
- Food and Drink: No special preparations are required for this test.
- Medications: No special preparations are required for this test.
- Clothing: Wear loose clothing (shirt or blouse) to your appointment when monitor is placed and while you wear the device.
- Check-in Time: Please arrive on time for your appointment.
APPOINTMENT AND PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Call the Queen's Pre-Registration Department at 808-691-4770 three days before your scheduled test to update your registration. Please have your medical insurance cards ready for verification.