British Heart Foundation – Your guide to 24 hour blood pressure and Holter monitoring tests

British Heart Foundation – Your guide to 24 hour blood pressure and Holter monitoring tests


This film will show you what to expect
if you are having a Holter monitor or 24-hour blood pressure monitoring test. Hi, my name’s Emily and I’m a cardiac
physiologist here at the University Hospital of South Manchester at Wythinshaw Sometimes it’s important
to monitor a patient for their blood pressure or heart rate. The benefits of wearing these monitors is that we might get to the bottom of
your symptoms and hopefully relieve them or improve medication. Hi I’m Michael Warren I live in Macclesfield. I’m here today to have a monitor fitted to monitor my heart for 48 hours. OK, so first of all, can you tell me
your date of birth, please? I suffer from atrial fibrillation and about 3-4 weeks ago I had a few flutters in my chest which felt unusual so they’ve arranged for me to come here today. This is a 48 hour ECG monitor. It’s going to record every single heartbeat. A holter monitor is an ECG monitor that can record your heart rate and your heart rhythm from 24 hours to seven days. Do you mind slipping your top off,
please? When the patient comes to clinic, we
fit the Holter monitor to their chest. So I just need
to prepare your skin first of all. We prepare the skin by giving it maybe a clean or a wipe and sometimes a shave. This jelly in the back of the sticker, if you can see it squishing, is what’s picking up your heartbeat. The 24 hour ECG monitor, we would like you to keep on the whole time. You can’t get it wet, so no baths or showers. If something brings on their symptoms, the patient can do that, whether drinking coffee, maybe bringing on their palpitations or for some it might be sport. I’m going to give you a diary card.To tally it together, if you get any of your palpitations, your heart’s racing at all, would you write down your symptoms for me on this card? When you return your monitor, it’ll be analysed by a cardiac physiologist. Those results will be sent
to the consultant for review. That’s your paperwork
and I’ll show you the way out. – Thank you very much.
– Thank you. My name is John Vernon Kearns. I’m 77 years of age. I’m here to have a blood pressure monitor fitted. They
obviously want to keep an eye on me Like when the doctor
does your blood pressure and they put the tight cuff
around your arm, this is doing the same job. There’s no
preparation involved for the blood pressure monitor So you pop your arm in there. We’ll do a blood pressure recording first to make sure the device
is working correctly. This time it’s 153/80. The patient should wear the monitor
day and night. So can I just give that to you
for a moment? The blood pressure monitor will inflate every 30 minutes during the daytime and every hour in the nightime we want you to carry on as normal – to see what your blood pressure is like when you’re at home carrying out your normal tasks – One more thing John you mustn’t get it wet
-I won’t get it wet, I’ll take it off before I shower. obviously the doctor knows what he’s looking for and I don’t really feel
any great difference I’m just glad to be alive We’re up at my allotment
in Macclesfield. I had an ECG monitor
fitted yesterday about 11 o’clock. Wore it yesterday, last night in bed. No issues at all. You don’t feel you’ve got it on.I’ve had a few symptoms that I was hoping would appear.
When I was digging the leeks
I could feel my heart beat. But there’s been no problems with it. I’ve got my allotment. I like to keep myself fit and healthy. The issues I’ve got with my heart, it’s just part
of life’s rich recipe I suppose and you just get on and deal with it
and carry on as best as you can. Coronary heart disease is still
the single biggest killer in the UK, but for over 50 years
we’ve tirelessly pioneered research that has helped transform
the lives of people living with heart
and circulatory conditions. Join our fight for every heartbeat
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6 Replies to “British Heart Foundation – Your guide to 24 hour blood pressure and Holter monitoring tests”

  1. have 24hr monitor on now. I feel completely depressed by this and afraid of the outcome, as I am sure any inteligent user would be! It is uncomfortable, always slipping down or getting loose CRAP!

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