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Patients admitted to the Telemetry Unit at Hutchinson Regional are placed on a telemetry monitor that continuously records their heart rhythm. The monitor is a small box that is carried in a gown pocket, allowing the patient to move about freely. Wires or “leads” connected to the box are attached to the chest just like an EKG. Antennas in our hallway receive signals from the monitor and display the patient’s heart rhythm on a screen in the nurses’ station and in another hospital monitoring location called rhythm central.

Telemetry patients commonly receive nuclear stress tests, exercise stress tests and echocardiograms. These tests help our physicians determine how well the heart is pumping and how well blood flows to the heart muscle.