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What is a heart card? 

Have you ever heard of a heart card? The dr. wants to use it instead of a Holter heart monitor to record my heart palpitations. I have been trying to find out more information about it but cannot find it mentioned anywhere. He said it looks kind of like a credit card and when I get palpitations I have to hold it over my heart. Thanks. 

submitted by Susan from New York on  2/22/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Scott Sherron, MD  

Scott R. Sherron, MDThis type of event monitor is also referred to as a "non-looping" monitor.  It is small and allows for intermittent monitoring of heart rhythms whenever symptoms occur. There are 2 small metal contacts that must be placed in contact with the skin on the chest wall while you are having symptoms. This can be done on the upper part of the chest. The data is recorded and can be sent to the monitoring station by phone. This type of monitor is useful when symptoms are distinct and last long enough to retrieve the monitor and place it on the chest before the symptoms are over. Other types of monitors are worn continuously for up to one month and offer 1 minute of recording that precedes activation which is useful if the symptoms are short-lived. The disadvantage to this type is that they need to be worn continuously. Also, they are somewhat more expensive. A Holter monitor is simple and offers a complete recording of 24 hours, but is most useful when symptoms occur every day.  Also, it is often more bulky. Good luck! 

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See also on other websites:

What are Holter and Event Monitors?
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/holt/holt_what.html  

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