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What Is Event Monitoring?

Think of an event monitor as pocket-sized peace of mind. About the size of a deck of cards, an event monitor records your heartbeat away from the doctor’s office. It is a small electrocardiogram (ECG) that you can carry with you. Event monitoring allows you to capture and records your heartbeat at various points throughout your day, so your doctor can track and review any symptoms you experience. Event monitoring is particularly helpful if you suspect you have an irregular heartbeat. Whenever you experience an irregularity, simply push the button to activate the monitor. It will automatically record your heart’s activity. The goal is to wear the monitor as much as possible every day over a period of weeks.

Your Event Monitor

After you are shown how to use your event monitor, carry it with you all the time. When you feel a symptom, activate the monitor by pressing a button holding it to your chest (small box or credit card style). Be sure to keep a diary.

Event Monitor Diary

  • Write in the time of day for each entry you make.
  • Note each change in activity, including when you take medicine.
  • Note any symptoms you feel.

When Using a Monitor Stay away from

  • Electric blankets.
  • Magnets.
  • Metal detectors.
  • High-voltage areas such as power lines.

These items may affect the recording.