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:
Holter monitors have built-in chips that store the captured data but have limited storage space, which caps the amount of data they can handle. On the other hand, telemetry devices are able to store more data, thanks in part to the fact that they transmit captured data to a remote, often cloud-based storage location in real time.
Appearance and Power
While the Holter monitors are bulkier, heavier, and more cumbersome, telemetry devices are lighter, easier to wear, and easier to handle because Holter monitors require more leads that are attached to patients. They’re also powered by ordinary batteries that need to be replaced, while telemetry devices feature rechargeable batteries that extend their overall lifespan.
Keep watching this space to know more about the differences between telemetry devices and holter monitors.