Heart Monitors

Heart monitors are small portable monitors that can be taken home and to work to record the heart rhythm. They consist of a small monitor worn on the belt with two or three wires connected by sticky patches (electrodes) to the chest wall. They are usually used to identify the heart rhythm during palpitations.

There are two main types:


The 24-hour tape or Holter monitor: this constantly monitors and records the heart rhythm as long as it is worn, usually 24 hours, but sometimes longer. It can be used to look at the heart rate over 24 hours or look for arrhythmia at the time of symptoms. It is most useful in those who have frequent symptoms.

The cardiomemo: this monitors the heart but will only record the heart once a button is pressed. It is usually worn for several days (spare electrodes are given to allow washing) and the button is pressed at the time of symptoms. The machine will actually store up to a minute of the ECG before the symptoms were noted and so if even if the palpitations are over before the button is pressed the monitor will still have recorded them.

Please note:

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is up-to-date and accurate. However, it is intended to serve as a guide only. Symptoms may vary and if you have any medical concerns you should always consult a healthcare professional.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is up-to-date and accurate. However, it is intended to serve as a guide only. Symptoms may vary and if you have any medical concerns you should always consult a healthcare professional.