“Event recorders are patient activated recorders are used to ‘capture’ symptomatic and/or intermittent arrhythmias.”
Your doctor might recommend an event recorder if you faint, have periods of dizziness, or if you sometimes feel your heart pounding, racing, or beating unevenly. Comparing your diary to the Event recorder will help your doctor diagnose heart rhythm problems that may be causing your symptoms.
Initially, you will have the monitor for one week, although you will be notified by the technician if this time needs to be extended.
There are two types of Event Recorders: Event and Loop Mode.
For Event Mode, when experiencing your symptoms, you should place the four electrodes (the metal pads) directly onto your chest, press and hold the record button on the top of the monitor and remain still. After you hear three beeps you can release the button. You will need to remain still for the duration of the recording, at which point you will hear a single long beep. The information will be stored until you return the monitor. You will be able to make multiple recordings in this way.
We have provided you with a diary to make a record of the symptoms you were experiencing. Please write down the date and time of the symptom, what the symptom felt like and what you were doing at the time.
For Loop Mode the monitor will be attached to your chest using two disposable electrodes. When you experience your symptoms, you should press and hold the record button on top of the monitor until you hear three beeps. You will need to remain still until your hear a single long beep. The monitor will make a 30 second recording prior to your symptom and a 30 second recording during the event.
The recording is painless and harmless.
For Loop Mode only, if you have sensitive skin, the electrodes might cause your skin to itch and may cause redness. If the itching becomes unbearable then remove electrodes and call the department during opening hours.
During your appointment stickers called electrodes will be put onto your chest. The stickers will then be attached to the monitor by means of ECG wires. The monitor can be attached to your waistband using a clip, placed in your pocket or worn around your neck.
You should continue with your normal daily activities, this will help to show a typical profile of your heart rate and rhythm during the recommended period (24h, 48 hour, 72 hour or 7 days) after which you can remove monitor and place it in the envelope provided.
Some men may need to have a small area on their chest shaved in order for the electrodes to stick to the skin.
You will be given a dairy sheet to complete and return with the monitor in the envelope.
Please note: The monitor must be returned to the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth on the same day the test ends or at time agreed with Physiologist. Unfortunately the monitor can not be posted or couriered.
The recording is painless and harmless. The machine records electrical impulses coming from your body – it does not put any electricity into your body. If you have sensitive skin, the electrodes might cause your skin to itch and may cause redness. If the itching becomes unbearable then remove electrodes and call the department during opening hours.
The Event Recorder is generally safe.
No. You can take all your medication as normal, unless informed otherwise by your doctor. You can eat and drink as normal before and during the test.
The monitor should then be returned to the Cardiology department on the same day you removed it, or on a mutually convenient date that is prearranged with the clinical team. If you have any issues with returning the monitor, please call the department and inform us immediately as any delays in returning the monitor can prevent other patients from having the test. The monitor must be returned with your diary sheet.
We are unable to provide results of the test on the day of your appointment. All results will be sent to the referring doctor. You will need to arrange a follow up appointment with the doctor to discuss the results of the test(s).