Holter Monitor Equipment Celebration
On March 5, 2020, the Cardiac Diagnostics Unit welcomed sponsors & committee members from the 2018 Mayors' Charity Golf Classic.

That year's tournament raised $250,000 to upgrade Ajax Pickering Hospital's *entire* holter monitoring system, and also included spontaneous donations made at the tournament's dinner that funded five extra monitors!

Thanks to the tournament's success, the new system now has double the number of monitors available - which means that an increased number of patients can be tracked at the same time - plus, the new monitors can gather data for up to seven days (vs up to 48 hours of the previous models) so that there is more data for the cardiac specialist to analyze for the diagnosis.

Holter monitors are a non-invasive diagnostic tool used most commonly to detect cardiac arrhythmias (i.e. when the heart beats too slow, too fast or erratically). Atrial fibrillation is the most serious type of arrhythmia, and if undetected it can lead to heart failure because the heart is not able to circulate enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It is estimated that up to 15% of all strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation, and the risk increases with age so that after the age of 60, it is the cause of two-thirds of all strokes. If a heart arrhythmia is found, the patient can be treated appropriately - such as with medication or a pacemaker - so that their heart is stimulated to beat at a steady rate.
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