FAQ

What is cardiac event monitoring?
Cardiac event monitoring is a test that is used to help identify and diagnose heart rhythm problems. The event recorder is worn for up to a month and should be activated whenever you feel your symptoms.

When is it used?
Patients who present symptoms such as dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, fainting spells and chest pain are often prescribed an event monitor. This monitor is used to record what the electrical activity of your heart is doing during your symptoms. Cardiac event monitors are particularly effective at identifying arrhythmias that occur infrequently and can not be captured by a standard physician ECG test.

What happens during the procedure?
There are different types of event monitors. Most monitors will be attached to your chest via adhesive electrodes that help to transmit the electrical activity of your heart to the monitor. Some types of monitors will require you to change out your electrodes on a routine basis. You will receive training on the placement of the electrodes and the use of the device in your physician’s office or from one of Cardiostaff’s licensed technicians.

When you feel your symptom, you are to record your heart rhythm. As soon as you are able, please contact the Cardiostaff lab at 1-800-747-4455 to transmit your history, symptoms and recorded heart rhythm. Cardiostaff will review the rhythms and prepare a complete report for your physician. If your rhythm poses an immediate danger to you, your health care provider will be contacted immediately and Cardiostaff will help assist you in contacting emergency medical services. During the time you are being monitored, pay special attention to your normal activities and any symptoms that may arise. Keep a record of your activities and the date and time of your symptoms to relay to the Cardiostaff lab technicians. This will help us and your physician accurately identify the causes or your arrhythmias.

What happens after the procedure?
At the end of your monitoring period, you will return the device and lead sets to Cardiostaff via the prepaid bubble mailer that is provided to you upon hook up. Cardiostaff will provide a complete summary of all of your cardiac event transmissions to your physician. Your physician will review this summary and discuss the findings and most appropriate treatment with you.

What are the benefits of this test?
Cardiac event monitoring is an easy way to identify and record the electrical activity of your heart when you are having cardiac symptoms. This allows you and your physician to document this activity and move forward with an appropriate treatment plan.

What are the risks of this test?
Cardiac event monitoring is a noninvasive test that does not affect your heart rhythm or activity. Your skin may become irritated by the electrodes that you must wear during your monitoring. However, the skin irritation will go away upon completion of your monitoring and the removal of your electrodes. Special skin sensitive electrodes may be available for certain patients.

When should I call Cardiostaff or my referring physician?
Please call Cardiostaff as soon as you have recorded a symptom on your monitor. You may also call Cardiostaff if you have any questions about the use of the monitor or the test. You should contact your physician following the end of the monitoring period or if you have any urgent medical needs.