What is it? An electrocardiogram (EKG) recorder, about the size of a pager that you will wear for one to three weeks. The event monitor is used to determine your heart’s rhythm when you are experiencing symptoms (fainting, feeling dizzy, or palpitations). When symptoms occur, push a button on the monitor and it will begin to monitor your heart rhythm. Jot down your symptoms in the provided diary and transmit the recordings over the phone to your cardiologist.
How is it put on? Every day that you are supposed to wear the event monitor you will place three electrodes on your chest. These electrodes are connected by wires to the pager sized monitor which you clip to your clothing.
Preparing for the Test:
- Do not use any powders, lotions or oils on your chest
- Plan on your appointment lasting approximately 30 minutes.