what is it?
A Holter monitor is a device which records the rhythm of your heart. The Holter may be worn for 24, 48, 72 hours or 7 days. This monitor can identify abnormal rhythms in your heart while you go about your day and while you sleep. This information can help your physician to understand your hearts electrical activity over the specified period.
What do I need to do?
Please bring a valid OHIP Card to your appointment. If you do not have an OHIP Card, please bring another form of government issued ID such as (Drivers License, Passport, or another provincial health card). Please also bring a signed requisition from your physician and arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. The receptionist will verify your information and admit you for the procedure.
There are no special preparations for your echocardiogram procedure
What can I expect on the day of the test?
Shortly after you check-in one of our Technologists bring you into the exam room and conduct a brief interview explaining the procedure. You will then be asked to remove your shirt and electrodes will be placed on your chest to measure your hearts activity. Your technologist will then attach a monitor to these electrodes and provide you a pouch to hold the monitor. The technologist will provide you with instructions for your monitor type. Typically showering is prohibited for 24, and 48-hour monitors while permitted for 72 hours and seven-day Holter monitors.
how long will it take
This procedure takes approximately 15 minutes to set-up. You will have to return your Holter monitor at the end of the required wearing period.
how long will it take for the results to get to my family physician?
Your results will be ready within 72 hours
For more information about the stress echo please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416.284.4744 to speak to one of our technologists.