Event Monitor (28 day ECG monitoring/recording)

What is an Event Monitor?

An Event monitor is a small battery powered device, which continuously monitors your heart rate and rhythm for up to 28days. An event monitor is usually used to capture transient arrhythmias which can be difficult to capture in 24hrs – such as atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, syncope or following an event such as a stoke.

It can record events (heart rate or rhythm disturbances) manually or automatically. In Dr Small’s rooms we use the HeartBug ® device to undertake this type of testing. The device is attached to your chest with 2 electrodes as you go about your normal day-to-day activities. For more information on the HeartBug we suggest you watch this video: https://www.heartbug.com.au/how-to-use/

You should allow 20-30 minutes for the electrode placement.

Before your procedure:

  • Take your usual medications.
  • Wear a two piece outfit on the day so you can easily undress to your waist and the electrodes can be fitted.
During your procedure set up:

The Nurse or Cardiac Technician will explain the procedure and equipment to you, how to use the ‘event’ button and how to remove the ECG leads so you can shower/swim. They will also go over how to upload the information via an app on your Smartphone or via your home phone. HeartBug will remind you via a text or phone call if you forget to upload your cardiac events.

The skin is cleaned and two ECG dots are placed on your chest. The HeartBug will be started. Our staff will assist you to go through the HeartBug app and show you how to enter information if you feel unwell. They will also show you how to manually capture any events that you ‘feel’.

The device will capture your heart rate and rhythm for up to 28 days. The information captured and uploaded is reviewed regularly by Dr Small and the device can be taken off earlier if the events captured give enough information to determine a treatment plan.

At the end of the 28 days:

At the end of the 28 day period you contact our reception staff to let them know you have discontinued the monitor. Keep it safe in the box and you can return it to us when you have your follow-up consult with Dr Small. A report will also be sent to your GP.