Cardiac Monitoring PPT: Purpose and Types

Cardiac Monitoring PPT: Purpose and Types

What is Cardiac Monitoring

Cardiac monitoring is the term used to describe the constant or periodic monitoring of heart activity, usually via electrocardiography, in order to analyze the patient’s state in relation to their cardiac rhythm.

Ambulatory electrocardiography is a type of cardiac monitoring that uses a tiny device worn by a patient such as with a Holter monitor, wireless ambulatory ECG, etc.) Telemetry or biotelemetry is the process of transmitting data from a monitor to a remote monitoring station.

Purpose of Cardiac Monitoring

Cardiac monitoring is used to diagnose or rule out a heart rhythm issue, as well as to decide the best treatment option. Continuous heart monitoring may be recommended by your doctor to aid in the diagnosis of certain health issues, such as:

  • Fainting for No Reason
  • Stroke with No Known Cause
  • Palpitations in the heart
  • Atrial fibrillation (also known as AFib) , a frequent disorder

Types of Cardiac Monitoring:

The length of the time that cardiac monitoring can be performed and how information is gathered differ between types. The following are examples of common cardiac monitoring systems:


A Holter monitor is a portable external monitor with cables that connect to patches on the skin. For 1–2 days, it continuously measures and records cardiac activity.


An event recorder is a device that can be worn for up to 30 days on the body. It is usually activated by pressing a button in order to record the heart’s activity.


A wearable device that detects, records, and sends aberrant heart rhythms for up to 30 days is known as mobile cardiac telemetry.


An insertable cardiac monitor is a small device that is inserted just beneath the skin and detects and records aberrant heart rhythms for up to three years.

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