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Follow up after CPR: The Holter Monitor

Learn CPR and pay it forward !

Thanks to early response by a well trained person in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to your sudden , unexpected cardiac event, you now have the gift of another birthday to look forward to. However, a new process begins to uncover the mystery of WHY you had the cardiac event to begin with that almost took your life.

One of the processes that you may be asked to participate in will be to wear a Holter Monitor in addition to the standard practice of having an EKG test performed . Your doctor may also require another version of the EKG testing including a holter monitor or a signal-averaged electrocardiogram.

A holter monitor is a portable EKG that monitors the electrical activity of a person's heart during that persons normal daily activities generally for one to two days, 24 hours a day. It is mostly used when the doctor suspects an abnormal heart rhythm or ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle).

It is a painless test; electrodes from the monitor are taped to the skin just like the electrodes were applied to the spaces around your ribs with the EKG in the doctors office . Once the monitor is in place, you go home and perform all of your normal activities (except showering). It will be very important to keep a diary of your activities , yes, ALL ACTIVITIES and write down any symptoms you experience and when they occur.

To make sure you achieve the objectives of this test , here are 6 very important things to remember to make this testing a success:

  1. Continue all normal activities during Holter monitoring.
  2. Record all activities, physical symptoms, emotional upsets and medications taken
  3. Wear loose fitting clothing that opens in the front
  4. Avoid magnets, metal detectors, high voltage areas and electric blankets
  5. Avoid getting the monitor wet ( sorry, no showers)
  6. Check the monitor to make sure it is working properly

Surviving that cardiac episode from CPR was your first success back to better health, now with your doctors help and technology like the Holter Monitor , you're on your way back to better health.

Happy Heartbeats friend,

Doug "Mac" McGehee

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