There are several reasons why heart rhythm monitoring might be recommended. It’s most often needed when there is a question about whether you have a heart rhythm issue that a standard ECG hasn’t or most likely won’t picked up.
Some common reasons are if you have:
- Heart palpitations. For example, if you notice your heart is flip-flopping or beating unevenly or very quickly. Many heart palpitations aren’t serious and are more of a nuisance (for example with premature ventricular contractions,
or PVCs, which are “extra” heartbeats). Still, it’s important to know what is happening with your heart, and whether you need any follow-up visits.
- Other symptoms – for example dizziness or feeling faint – that suggest you might have atrial fibrillation or another heart rhythm disorder.
- Unexplained fainting spells, stroke, or mini strokes.
- A family history of or existing heart disease. Heart rhythm problems are common among people with heart disease, but many people may not have clear symptoms and may even have a normal ECG. Finding a heart problem early
can help prevent other complications.
- Had a recent heart-related event or treatment to be able to monitor your heart activity for any irregular or dangerous rhythms after:
- Starting or stopping a heart medicine
- An ablation
- A heart attack
- Finding out you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or other heart problems linked to heart rhythm disorders
Benefits of Using a Heart Monitor
Heart monitors can help:
Over time, heart monitors have become much smaller and less cumbersome. Today, many can be sent back in the mail for added convenience.