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Holter

A Holter monitor is a portable device that allows doctors to diagnose abnormal heart rhythms missed by a regular ECG. 5 electrodes are adhered to the surface of the skin in specific areas of the patient’s chest. These electrodes are then attached to the portable device which records the heart’s electrical activity and can easily be carried around by a person during his normal daily activities. Most people carry the monitor for one or two days as this is usually enough time to detect an abnormality.

After 24 to 48 hours, the monitor is removed and the stored data is sent for interpretation by a cardiologist.  A final report will be sent to the ordering doctor.

To have a holter monitor done, a referral from a doctor is required and appointments are made by calling the Cardio department at 613 623 7962 ext 274. On the day of your appointment, bring your requisition from the doctor with you and register with the clerks  at the B entrance.

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