Mobile Cardiac Telemetry

Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston

Cardiologists located in Houston, TX & Cypress, TX

When it comes to cardiac health, in-office diagnostic tests may not show the whole picture. Devoted to optimizing patient outcomes, the experienced cardiologists at the Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston offer mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT), which monitors cardiac activity over an extended period while you engage in your usual daily activities. To learn more about mobile cardiac telemetry, call the office in Houston or North Cypress, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

Mobile Cardiac Telemetry Q & A

What is mobile cardiac telemetry?

Mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) is a device that monitors cardiac activity over an extended period of time while you go about your usual activities. 

When cardiologists have concerns about heart health, they conduct various tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis. These tests only assess heart health during that moment in time. 

If you experience intermittent symptoms and your in-office cardiac tests are inconclusive, then you may need more extensive long-term testing. Previously, telemetry was only an in-patient hospital procedure. But with advances in medical technology and the use of mobile cardiac telemetry, you no longer need an extended hospital stay to get an accurate diagnosis.

Am I a good candidate for mobile cardiac telemetry?

When you visit the Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston for a cardiac consultation, your cardiologist conducts a thorough evaluation, which may include recommendations for additional diagnostic testing.

Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston is a state-of-the-art facility and conducts many in-office cardiac tests. You may be a good candidate for mobile cardiac telemetry if you experience intermittent cardiac symptoms and the results of your in-office testing were normal. Symptoms include: 

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness 
  • Palpitations

Your cardiologist may also recommend MCT if you have a heart condition, and they want to monitor the effectiveness of your current treatment plan.

How is mobile cardiac telemetry placed?

Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston places your mobile cardiac telemetry at the office. During placement, your cardiologist attaches electrodes to your chest, which they link to the mobile cardiac telemetry device.

They then activate your mobile cardiac telemetry, which transmits cardiac data through a wireless network.

You then wear the device for three to 30 days, depending on what your cardiologist recommends. 

What happens after mobile cardiac telemetry placement?

After placement of your mobile cardiac telemetry, you can resume your usual activities. The mobile cardiac telemetry captures and stores cardiac activity while you, as examples, shop, exercise, work, and sleep. 

The mobile cardiac telemetry transmits the data through the wireless network to your cardiologist at the Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston. Based on the data collected, they may formulate a diagnosis and provide treatment recommendations to manage your cardiac condition. 

To schedule a consultation at the Heart Care Center of Northwest Houston to learn more about mobile cardiac telemetry, call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.