What is a Cardiac Event Recorder?

  • First and foremost…
    The recorder is designed to document symptoms and is not an intervention device. If you feel in peril, you should follow whatever emergency precautions given to you by your cardiologist. Push the Symptom button first, then seek help.
  • When to wear the recorder…
    During daytime and sleeping hours, but not during bathing or showers. When bathing, the electrodes (only) may be left on. Water will not hurt them.
  • When to remove the recorder…
    Only during bathing. The purpose of the test is to capture unexpected cardiac arrhythmias that occur before the push of the button. If the recorder is not in place before the button is pushed, the data will be missed. Thus, it must be worn continuously to ensure its availability at the time of need.
  • When to push the button…
    Whenever you feel the symptom your doctor is trying to document. Obviously, unrelated symptoms are not useful, but anything you feel that may be heart-related is a valid event. Push the button and call us.
  • How many times should I transmit?
    The typical patient will make 5-10 transmissions during the 30-day period, but there is no limit. On some, we’ll catch the event within the first few transmissions. Others will be caught later, maybe even on the 30th day.
  • When should I make the transmission?
    After every push of the button, as soon as you can reasonably get to a phone.
  • What are the hours that calls can be made?
    We have an answering service available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Even Sundays and holidays.
  • What number should I dial?
  • When should I return the recorder?
    At the end of the 30-day period, or when your doctor advises. Remember, like a library book, it is your responsibility to return the recorder or the monthly service charges will continue. Loss of the recorder is also the patient’s responsibility, so please do not let it out of your possession.

Charles A. Shoultz, III, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Rodney A. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.C.
William R. Pitts, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Donald S. (Buck) Cross, M.D., F.A.C.C. • Andrew K. Day, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Sherwin F. Attai, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Shawn J. Skeen, M.D. F.A.C.C.   •   Harvey R. Chen, M.D. F.A.C.C.
Adam M. Falcone, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Brian C. Barnett, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Timothy N. Ball, M.D., F.A.C.C.   •   Clay M. Barbin, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Diplomates, American Board of Internal Medicine,
Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology