What is an Event Monitor test?
Event monitoring is a painless way to record your heartbeat for an extended period of time. It is a small box much the same size as a beeper that records your heartbeat electronically once you activate the system. While carrying this monitor, if you feel any symptoms you will record your heartbeat and transmit the data through a telephone line to a service that will print the information and forward this to your doctor.
How is the test done?
You will be mailed a box to your home from an event monitoring company. The company will phone you and instruct you on how to place and operate the monitor. Once the monitor has been placed on your body with three wires, you will carry this monitor with you at all times. If you feel any symptoms, you will need to hit the record button on the monitor and record the symptoms, time, and date. Then you will need to call the toll-free number to the monitoring company and transmit the data to them. They will forward this data to your doctor. If it is an emergency situation they will instruct you of what to do.
Can I take a bath or shower while I wear the monitor?
Yes, but you should not get the monitor or the electrodes wet. Remove the electrodes and monitor and then replace them once you have completed bathing. The electrodes must be secure on your chest to get a good recording.
What do I do when it is time for the monitor to come off?
Mail the monitor and the battery back to the event monitoring company using the envelope that will be provided. Centennial Heart does not provide event monitors. It is solely provided by the event monitoring company.
If you have any questions or problems call the monitoring company using the toll-free number provided with the monitor.