The Heart Institute of Venice offers an Event Monitoring Clinic to help evaluate abnormal heart rhythms that occur infrequently.

An Event monitor is a type of ambulatory ECG monitoring. A cardiac event monitor can be used for a longer time than a Holter monitor and so is more likely to record an abnormal heart rhythm that occurs infrequently. The information collected by a cardiac event monitor is sent over the phone to a Monitoring Center and forwarded directly to your doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital.

Two types of cardiac event monitors are available:

  • Manual event monitor. This is a small device that attaches to the chest with electrodes. It constantly records heartbeats. When symptoms occur, you press a button on the monitor to make a permanent recording of your heart rhythm. This type of monitor also saves a small amount of information about how your heart was beating before the save button was pressed. This feature is especially useful for people who pass out when their heart problems occur and can press the button only after they wake up.
  • Automatic event monitor. Similar to the manual event monitor except this device picks up any arrhythmias and records them automatically.

Why It Is Done

Ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring is done to:

  • Detect arrhythmias that occur intermittently or during certain activities.
  • Evaluate symptoms (such as chest pain, dizziness, or fainting) of possible heart disease.
  • Detect poor blood flow to your heart muscle (ischemia), which may indicate coronary artery disease (CAD).
  • Monitor the effectiveness of treatment (such as medication or a pacemaker or automatic defibrillator) for irregular heart rhythms.