Cardiac monitoring is utilized when you (the patient) have symptoms of skipped, fast or what some might refer to as “missing” heartbeats. It can also be utilized when patients have dizziness. It allows anywhere from 24 hours to a month and sometimes longer of constant monitoring of the heart.
The shorter monitors are returned and analyzed and the patient is followed up in the clinic by the physician.
The longer monitors have the information transmitted to the monitoring center which will then relay the information to the physician. In cases of significant problems, the monitoring center has the capability of contacting the physician during non-office hours to relay the more significant heart rhythm abnormalities. When the abnormality is noted or a period of time has passed follow-up will be arranged to make a plan for further treatment or testing.