In-Home Holter Connection
Did you know that you can receive Holter Connection service at home?
“In-home Holter Connection”, which is one of the mobile imaging applications of home care and health services, is performed at home for diagnostic purposes in heart or blood pressure related diseases and often rhythm disorders and related complaints (such as palpitations, fainting, embolism).
What is Holter (Rhythm Holter)?
The Holter device is a portable battery-powered device that continuously measures and records your heart’s activity (ECG) for 12 to 24 hours. The device has the size of a small camera and tiny electrodes that attaches to your skin.
Who Needs a Holter Device Connected?
The heart radiography procedure called ECG (Electrocardiography) that monitors your heart’s activity is carried out in cases of heart diseases or in cases of doubt. This graph can show the current state of your heart.
However, as seen in many cases, in order for physicians to make a definitive diagnosis, this evaluation must cover not only that moment but also a long time (24 hours), in other words, a Holter device must be connected.
By this way, your heart is evaluated during your daily activities and night and this evaluation it is vital.
As a result of your heart activities being recorded for a long time by means of a Holter device;
- Ischemic heart diseases (obstructions of heart vessels),
- Heart attack and its complications,
- Rhythm disorders,
- If there is a pacemaker (ICD), its measurement and evaluation,
- While heart failure diagnoses are being made,
the adequacy of your existing treatment is also evaluated.
In the following complaints that may be caused by heart diseases, your physician may request you to have a Holter device connected;
- Frequent palpitations
- Shortness of breath, fatigue
- Feeling bad
- Heart disease history in the family
Can a Holter Device Get Connected at Home?
Holter connection is an imaging procedure performed in the hospital in routine applications. The patient first goes through an examination in the cardiology department, and the physician requests different tests. An appointment is created for Holter. The patient gets connected to the device. After 24 hours, the patient comes back to the hospital for the device to be removed. According to the results obtained after all these processes, the diagnosis is made by the physician and the treatment is started. This long and laborious process can be delayed by the individuals since it is time consuming and challenging.
The Holter connection procedure can also be performed at the individual’s home, while continuing his daily routine in his current environment.
This is a very comfortable service particularly for immobile patients whose treatment continues at home. When the current condition of the patient, mobility and other factors are taken into consideration, there may be situations that the transfer of patient is challenging and sometimes even not possible. Therefore, during ongoing treatments, in-home Holter connection can be performed by competent technicians upon request of a physician.
Who Performs In-Home Holter Connection?
A specialist technician carries out the Holter ECG (Rhythm Holter) test at home. Connecting, monitoring and removing the Holter device is an area that requires knowledge, experience and health training. Therefore, receiving such service from home health and care services, that you are sure of their reliability and service quality, will provide the patient with comfort and relieve the family of the effort for transportation, transportation and time planning.
The Manner of In-Home Holter Connection
- For in-home Holter connection procedure, the date of procedure is determined by booking an appointment for the patient or patient’s relative.
- On your appointment date, the technician responsible for the Holter procedure comes to your location with the Holter device.
- The technician first attaches the electrodes to your chest. If you have body hair, you may need to shave your chest for the electrode to adhere.
- Electrodes are attached to certain areas of the body near the heart. By this way, it is ensured that the electrical activity of the heart can be reported in the best way.
- Once the electrodes are attached, the technician will assist you in attaching your Holter monitor and inform you about its use.
- You can carry the monitor in your pocket or in a pouch you wear around your neck.
- All the data received during 24 hours will be saved on the device.
- You can continue your daily routine activities, except for the following situations.
- Do not bathe or swim with the electrodes attached on you.
- Do not be exposed to X-rays,
- Stay away from high voltage fields, metal detectors or large magnets.
- At the end of 24 hours after the device connection, the technician comes to your home.
- The technician takes the printouts of the completed Holter test and delivers them to the Cardiologist for evaluation and reporting.
- The results reported by the Cardiologist are shared with the physician who follows the patient and with the patient’s relatives within 2 working days.
Things to Consider During Holter Connection
Carrying a Holter device causes no risk and no pain. Holter device has small electrodes that are connected to your chest in order to record ECG. Since the electrodes are attached with tape or adhesive, they may cause mild skin irritation. Please inform the technician if you are allergic to any tape or adhesive.
Patients who have a rhythm Holter device can perform their daily routine activities. If the patient is not bedridden, there is no need to limit his/her movements. The patient can drive a car or use any kind of electronic device. Since the Holter test continues during sleep, the turns and movements in bed do not constitute a problem. If the patient is bedridden, the relatives must be warned that the device should not be moved or removed. The patient who has a Holter device connected must not take a bath for 24 hours in order to avoid damage to the data.
In-Home BP Holter Procedure
While Rhythm Holter is used for the diagnosis of heart and heart related diseases, BP Holter is used for the control and diagnosis of blood pressure diseases. In-home BP Holter test is applied by a qualified technician just as in the Rhythm Holter test. Here, a mobile device similar to a sphygmomanometer is connected to the arm in order to collect data for 24 hours. BP Holter application does not constitute an obstacle for the patient to perform daily life activities. According to the measurement results, fluctuations of blood pressure or upper and lower limit values are evaluated by the physician and a treatment plan is created.
Which Imaging Service Would You Like To Receive?
Choose one of our in-home x-ray, EKG, ECHO, holter connection and ultrasound services for yourself or to assist a relative and share your contact information with us. Our health training consultants will call you in the shortest time possible.