Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor is a portable device used to measure and record the heart's activity continuously for 24 to 48 hours. It is used to pick up irregularities in the heart rhythm that an ECG missed. Arrhythmias of the heart can be diagnosed using a Holter monitor.

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Why am I anxious and wake up with a racing heart?

Query: Hello doctor, A few months back, I felt a shock in my heart. There was chest discomfort; I was sweating and my pulse was going down. I almost felt like a heart attack, but, after a few minutes everything was normal. The next day I went to my GP to check and in ECG he found that I had irregular heart...  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen all your details. Firstly, you have not mentioned your smoking and alcohol habits. Do you ever have gastritis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or heartburn as they can also mimic the same symptoms? Your palpitations are related to sinus tachycardis Yo...  Read Full »

I feel fatigue, dizziness and palpitations after I play for sometime. Is it due to ARVC?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to play football a few years ago, however, I had to stop playing due to symptoms of immediate fatigue after a maximum of one sprint, wheezing, dizziness and palpitations. They were first attributed to asthma, however, upon having a cardiac MRI, I was told there are no issues with...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. ARVC (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy) is diagnosed on echocardiography or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Then further risk stratified on past history, family history of ARVC or sudden death in the first degree relatives, or Holter monitoring to detec...  Read Full »

Why does my heartbeat keep randomly fluctuating and increasing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have fluctuating heartbeats, and sometimes it gets faster and more random. I have got my ECG and 2D echocardiogram done. I do not have a previous history of this issue, and I am currently on medications for arthritis. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your current ECG (electrocardiogram) is quite normal, with no rate, rhythm, or abnormality seen. However, your 2D echocardiography shows some changes, possibly due to hypertension. T...  Read Full »

Why do I suddenly experience heart flutters and skipped beats while exercising?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, who is 5.9 feet tall and weighs 160 lbs. I have been experiencing weird heart flutters and skipped beats. It mostly happens when I am at the gym lifting weight, and taking a deep breath in while doing so. I have always exercised without experiencing such feelin...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are probably having PVCs (premature ventricular contractions), which are extra beats and most of the time are benign and not worrisome. The other possibility is atrial fibrillation, especially, if you have episodes of rapid heart beat. Usually, at this young age, i...  Read Full »

Can Food Allergies Cause Palpitations? Taking Concor 5 For Heart Palpitations.

Query: Hello doctor, I had my first heart palpitations two years ago. One doctor prescribed me Ciplar LA 20 and Ecospirin 75 for three months. The doctor also suggested Dilzem or Flecarite on SOS basis. I got palpitation even after having the above medicines. Dilzem worked on as needed basis but since it w...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjib Kumar Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and intermittent ectopic. Food allergies will not cause this problem but if you take spicy food, have lack of sleep, mental or physical stress can aggravate the problem. Usually, these medicines have no or littl...  Read Full »

Are my breathlessness and heaviness in the chest due to atrial fibrillation diagnosed in my late thirties?

Query: Hi doctor,I was born with a hole in my heart (ventricular septal defect) and a murmur. I never had it closed, and the hole is small now. In my late thirties, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, as my heart kept suddenly speeding up (it took a while because it was not constant, so I had a loop ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi,Welcome back to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. It seems you have episodes of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation as per your history. It will have been better if you have uploaded ECG (electrocardiogram). Tablet Flecainide is used for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in an otherwise normal heart...  Read Full »

Can you explain the echo reports?

Query: Hello doctor,Ten days ago, my dad collapsed on the street. We rushed him to the hospital and made an echo. Also, he was suffering from high blood pressure but, nowadays his blood pressure is low. This was the first time it happened to him after he took Avodart and Tamsulin. His reports read as f...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. He probably fell due to low blood pressure induced due to Tamsulosin. However, there are possibilities like heart rhythm abnormalities and rapid heart rate as his heart function is also low. The echo report indicates that his heart function is low and it is 39...  Read Full »

Is my mother's loss of consiousness and aortic valve shrinkage co-related?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is 71-years-old. She weighs 67 kg, and her height is 165 cm approximately. Four months ago, she fell suddenly and became unconscious while trying to pluck flowers in the garden. As soon as she fell, her forehead got injured and bleeding with a cut above the eyebrow. Immediately I...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There are two reports, one with severe aortic stenosis and the other with moderate aortic stenosis. Based on the first report of severe aortic stenosis ...  Read Full »

What does a non-significant Holter test mean?

Query: Hi doctor,If my cardiologist suggested a Holter test and a stress test on a treadmill for me and the results are non-significant, does it mean most likely my arteries are not blocked? Why did my doctor not order a test to check my arteries? I feel easily breathless, and I feel dizzy every day. I had...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thanks for the query.I understand your concern. There are three things in these tests either positive or negative or non-diagnostic. Positive and negative are self-explanatory but non-diagnostic means that you have to be tested further to reach a diagnosis. Non-diagnosti...  Read Full »

How do I check my pulse rate?

Query: Hello doctor, I notice whenever I am hooked up to a monitor. It reads a pulse on a pulsometer. My pulse is never steady. It bounces around each second and not gradually or one by one. It goes from 75, 82, 86, 92, 84, 101, and then back to 94 and 87. It bounces within a 15 to 30 beat range. Is thi...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Pulse rate between 60 to 100 is called a normal range. Pulse rate remains on the lower side during rest and sleep and on the upper side during activity, fear, fever, etc. During exercise, it may go well beyond 100. Monitors are machines. These are not error-free....  Read Full »

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