Several different types of cardiac monitors are helpful in diagnosing heart conditions, especially rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation.

Cardiac event monitoring

These tiny monitors are used when symptoms of an abnormal heart rhythm occur infrequently and need to be monitored over a long period of time. The monitors can be attached to the chest with electrodes, carried by the patient and then pressed to the chest during an episode or worn on the wrist like a watch. All are designed to record and measure irregular heartbeats for your physician’s analysis and assessment.

Holter Monitor

The Holter monitor is an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) device that records the heart rhythm continuously for 24 hours. Your physician places sticky patches containing small electrodes on the chest or abdomen connected to wires from the monitoring device.

When the electrodes are connected to an ECG machine, the electrical activity of the heart is measured and interpreted. This test is typically preformed to determine presence of a sporadic abnormal heart rhythm.

Loop recorder

Smaller than a pack of gum, the loop recorder is easily inserted under the skin of the upper chest and continuously monitors the rate and rhythm of the heart for as long as 14 months.

How to receive a cardiac monitoring test at Inova

To receive a cardiac monitoring test at Inova, you must have a valid written order from your doctor. Once you have your prescription order in hand, please call 877-634-6682 to schedule an appointment for this cardiac noninvasive diagnostic test.