A Holter Monitor is a portable device used to record the electrical activity of the heart for 24, sometimes 48, hours. It consists of several electrodes attached to the chest, which sends the body's electrical signals to a small piece of recording equipment attached to the patient's belt. This type of testing is useful for observing occasional cardiac arrhythmia. Being fitted with a Holter Monitor is an outpatient procedure and is rarely intrusive of the patient's normal, daily activities. Once the specified testing period is complete, the patient returns the equipment to the clinic, and the recorded information is downloaded into the computer system and evaluated for any abnormalities.
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