Cardiac Monitoring

 

Your provider may order cardiac monitoring studies to help evaluate symptoms suggestive of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat). Arrhythmias often occur on a sporadic basis. To assist with capturing key information, you may be asked to wear a Holter Monitor and/or an Event Monitor. To provide timely and convenient services for our patients, both Holter and Event monitors are available through our laboratories at Main Clinic, Salem Clinic at Inland Shores and Salem Heights Plaza. In most instances, monitors will be available for same day 'hook-up'. Monitors are light weight and support state of the art digital technology.

Monitoring Types

Holter Monitoring
A Holter Monitor is a lightweight device that captures cardiac rhythms on an ongoing basis for an extended period of time (typically 24 or 48 hours). Hook-up is completed and the monitor is worn for 24 or 48 hours, depending upon your physician’s orders. Salem Clinic partners with Biomedical Systems for scanning of the study by specialized staff. Please note that your insurance will be billed by Salem Clinic for the hook-up and interpretation and Biomedical Systems for the scanning portion of the study. We strive to provide reports back to your physician within 24 hours of the completed study.

Event Monitoring
An event monitor is a lightweight device which is ‘patient activated’. When the patient experiences cardiac related symptoms, the monitor is activated by pushing a button which captures a period of cardiac rhythms for analysis. The patient is able to immediately transmit the data for interpretation via a simple phone line; and if necessary, your physician will be immediately alerted. With each event, data is transmitted and preliminary reports are provided. Your physician determines the length of time the event monitor is worn (may be worn for up to 30 days). Upon completion of the study, all equipment is returned via a postage paid envelope for your convenience. As noted with Holter studies, your insurance will be billed by Salem Clinic for the hook up and interpretation; and, will be billed by Biomedical Systems for the scanning portion of the study.