The monitor, about the size of a deck of cards, is clipped to your waistband. This monitor is connected to a set of wires which attaches to two electrodes worn on your chest (like an EKG). The monitor can be worn for up to 30 days. It is removed during bathing.
During the test
After a technician explains the test, your chest will be "prepped" for electrode placement.
The electrodes measure the heart's electrical activity. The electrode placement areas may be shaved if needed. Then the area is cleaned with water or rubbing alcohol, or a pumice solution designed for this purpose. Once the electrodes are in place, monitoring wires are attached to each electrode. The other ends of the lead wires are connected to a recording monitor.
Once monitor is in place the tech will explain in detail how to:
Trigger the monitor to record you heart rhythm
Use the diary to record symptoms
Change the electrodes and the monitor batteries
Attach the monitor wires
Who to call with questions
The tech will also show you how to transmit the monitor's recording via the telephone. You will have time to practice this. The tech will give you a supply of electrodes, monitor batteries (AAA) and written guidelines for transmitting via the telephone.