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Monitoring the Heart



Heart monitoring helps cardiologists collect important information about one’s heart health and it can be used to diagnose or treat underlying conditions. 

Here are some tools and devices commonly used for heart monitoring: 

What is a Holter Monitor (Portable ECG)?

A Holter monitor is a small and portable electrocardiogram (ECG) that tracks one’s heart rhythm. Patients are usually advised by cardiologists to wear it continuously for at least 24 hours to measure and evaluate their heart health. 

Patients who present with symptoms such as dizziness, fainting spells, palpitations, regular fatigue and low blood pressure may be advised to use a Holter monitor. 

Certain abnormal heart rhythms (known as arrhythmias) may occur at irregular hours and/or under specific conditions where stress or intense activities are experienced. As such, a traditional ECG test during a doctor’s consultation may not be indicative or as accurate as data collected from a Holter monitor that are recorded over an extended period of time. 

Results from the Holter monitor recording can also help to assess one’s risk for other potential CVD. 

What is a Blood Pressure Monitoring Device?

Our blood pressure (BP) fluctuates throughout the day depending on the time, exercise, stress as well as foods we eat. 

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can put too much stress on the heart and cause it to lose strength. Prolonged periods can also lead to damaging of the blood vessels and go on to affect other important organs in the body. 

If you have hypertension, you are strongly recommended to get a blood pressure monitoring device at home and measure your BP twice a day – in the morning before breakfast or any medication and in the evening. 

These devices are available at most pharmacies and medical supply stores sell these devices. 

To pick out a suitable device for you or a loved one, contact Farrer Park Pharmacy at +65 6705 2944 or [email protected]

To learn more about heart monitoring, send us an enquiry at here or call us at +65 6363 1818.