In office Testing
What is it?
Holter monitors are useful for any patient whose symptoms occur frequently, on a daily basis. It will need to be worn constantly for a period of either 24 or 48 hours, during which the monitor continuously records your heart rhythm activity, regardless of whether
you feel symptoms.
What is it?
Heart monitors are devices that are worn by the patient and are used to record the electrical activity of the heart. The goal of these monitors is to help identify abnormal heart rhythms that may be the cause of symptoms such as palpitations, “heart racing”,
dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain or loss of consciousness (called “syncope”). The choice of monitor that your doctor recommends depends on the frequency and/or duration of your symptoms. This heart monitor will be mailed to your home. When you receive the
monitor, follow the instructions provided.
Pacemaker interrogation is a process for checking on the function of a pacemaker to make sure it is working properly and the batteries are in good condition. In this procedure, a doctor waves a wand connected to a computer over the patient’s chest. The wand and pacemaker communicate wirelessly, allowing the computer to extract data from the pacemaker’s memory. The computer will also check on the pacemaker’s battery life. This is not painful to the patient, although sometimes patients feel lightheaded or strange during a pacemaker interrogation. Patients using pacemakers usually receive a pacemaker interrogation during followup appointments after the initial pacemaker implantation. The doctor will retrieve information about cardiac events from the memory of the device, confirm that the
batteries are still in good condition, and make sure the leads are working properly. If necessary, the wand can be used to remotely change the programming of the pacemaker.