Definition: The Event Monitor is a portable monitor used to record your heart rhythm as you go about your daily activities. This type of monitor can detect abnormal heart rhythms which could occur infrequently making them difficult to capture on a regular, 24 hour monitor.
Prep: Avoid any creams, lotions, powders or sprays on your chest area prior to application of the electrodes.
What to expect: The Event Monitor will be mailed to your home with specific instructions. The length of the monitoring period is usually 14 to 30 days. You will be asked to wear the monitor as you go about your daily activities and to press the “event button” when symptoms occur. You will be allowed to remove the monitor to bathe/shower. Your physician will receive updates of your recorded activities via the event monitor company. The event monitor company will be available to you 24 hours a day to assist you with any concerns or questions concerning the equipment or the marking of your symptoms.