Cardiac monitoring is a complex but vital undertaking, involving checking the heart for issues and subsequently relaying of the captured data to the patient’s cardiologist for further evaluation and action. There are two different approaches to monitoring the heart: telemetry and Holter monitors. Both Holter monitors and mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) help cardiologists monitor a patient’s electrocardiogram for an extended period by determining the cause of a transient event by recording the patient’s heart rate and rhythm during normal activity.
Though similar, Holter monitors and telemetry devices have distinct differences, especially in these areas:
As previously discussed, telemetry devices are generally more reliable than their Holter monitor counterparts because the data is relayed instantaneously, they can store more data, and they function seamlessly for longer periods. They are more useful for tracking symptoms that occur less frequently.
While Holter monitors are primarily suitable for patients who experience one-time heart problems, telemetry devices are designed and intended for people who have chronic and persistent heart issues and consequently require constant monitoring and treatments.
These two means of monitoring heart activities play almost equal roles when it comes to maintenance of the optimal health of the human heart irrespective of their variation. To choose which mode of cardiac monitoring to use largely depends on whether the patient has a chronic heart problem. However, potential users of either heart monitor are advised to consult their cardiologists regarding the best way forward.