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    What You Need to Know About Holter Monitors

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Usually about the size of a small camera, a Holter monitor is a battery-operated device that measures and records information about your heart’s activity. Depending on the monitor used, your doctor may require you to wear your Holter monitor between 24 and 48 continuous hours. Reasons why you may need to wear a Holter monitor include having an irregular heartbeat, starting new medication, or determining whether or not your pacemaker is working. 

    Reasons to wear a Holter monitor

    The information obtained through a Holter monitor helps your doctor determine whether or not your heart medications are working, why you are experiencing symptoms like dizziness, and whether your heart is receiving enough oxygen. A specially trained technician first attaches electrodes to your chest, so that you can attach the Holter monitor. While wearing the monitor, you should engage in your usual daily activities, except for bathing while wearing the monitor.

    Risks of wearing a Holter monitor

    There are no risks of wearing a Holter monitor and the device doesn’t cause any pain. The wires attached to the Holter monitor connect to the small electrodes attached to the surface of your chest in order to record the electrocardiogram. The electrodes are attached with tape or adhesives, so it can result in slight skin irritation. If you are allergic to any specific types of adhesives, you should tell the technician before he or she attaches the electrodes.

    Expectations of wearing a Holter monitor

    After wearing the monitor for the test period, you will need to return it to the technician. He or she will then process the record of your heart’s activity and create a report for your doctor. Your doctor should call you with the full results from the test in the next one to two weeks.

    Open seven days a week, Suntree Internal Medicine offers a range of preventative care and treatment options. Our Melbourne, FL facility guarantees a wait-time of 30 minutes or less. To book an appointment or learn more about our range of healthcare services, give us a call at (321) 259-9500.

    Silent Symptoms of Heart Attack

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Chest pain, wheezing, and complaints of tightness in the chest area are all classic symptoms of a heart attack. However, a heart attack can result in more subtle types of body pain, sometimes not affecting the chest area at all. For example, women often exhibit non-specific heart attack symptoms, such as general weakness, lightheadedness and nausea.

    In this video, an experienced emergency room doctor shares his tips for deciding whether or not your pain is a sign of a heart attack. As he explains, heart attack can result in silent symptoms like arm pain, jaw pain, and nausea. If you ever doubt whether your symptoms are a sign of heart attack, it’s best to err on the side of caution seek immediate medical care. 

    Time plays a crucial role in successful heart attack treatment. Learn more about Suntree Internal Medicine’s 30-minute or less wait-time by calling (321) 259-9500.

    Understanding When You May Need Antibiotics

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Even though antibiotics are incredibly effective at killing bacteria, they aren’t able to eliminate viruses. This means that antibiotics aren’t the cure for every type of illness you develop; upper respiratory infections, for example, are typically caused by viruses and not by bacteria. In fact, taking antibiotics when they aren’t necessary can lead to antibiotic resistance, which can make bacterial infections last longer or result in more serious symptoms. 


    Fever, shakes and chills are signs of a bacterial infection, but they are also symptoms of a viral infection. When you visit the doctor with these symptoms, he or she will consider how many patients have been admitted with a flu virus that day against the possibility of your having a bacterial infection. If a certain flu virus is currently circulating in your community, your doctor will likely not prescribe antibiotics to help protect against the development of antibiotic resistance.

    Sore Throat

    To determine whether or not your sore throat is the result of a bacterial infection, your doctor will look for white spots on the back of your throat. A sore throat is a common initial symptom of many colds, but without other cold symptoms it may be a sign of strep throat. Bacteria are responsible for strep throat, so antibiotics are needed in this case. To make sure you have strep throat, your doctor will perform a throat culture or rapid antigen test, which takes less than 20 minutes.


    The only way to truly determine whether or not an antibiotic is necessary is through a lab test. Through a throat swab or mucus sample, your physician can test for bacteria in the next day or two. However, lab tests are expensive, so they are usually used as a final resort.

    Suntree Internal Medicine of Melbourne, FL is home to the 30-minute or less patient wait-time. We are open seven days a week and offer a range of services, including preventative care and free antibiotics. You can schedule an appointment by booking online or giving us a call at (321) 259-9500.

    The Many Uses of Ultrasound Technology

    Last updated 6 months ago

    When most people think of ultrasound, they often associate it with pregnancy and taking pictures of babies as they grow inside of the womb. In reality, fetal imaging is only one common usage of ultrasound technology. Doctors can also use ultrasounds to diagnose a problem in different organs and soft tissues, including the heart, blood vessels, and liver.

    Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create an image of the body’s internal structure. Using a device known as a transducer, doctors are able to emit high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear. As the sound waves bounce back, they help create an image of the size, shape, and consistency of various body structures. The images are created in real time and displayed on a computer screen. In addition, to diagnosing internal problems, doctors can also use ultrasounds to guide them through needle biopsies, procedures that involve the precise removal of bodily tissue.

    At Suntree Internal Medicine, we guarantee a wait time of 30 minutes or less. To learn more about our range of diagnostic services, give us a call at (321) 259-9500.

    What Is a Nuclear Stress Test?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Similar to a routine exercise stress test, a nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart, both at rest and under stress. However, a nuclear stress test results in images that show areas of low blood flow through the heart and in areas of heart damage. This helps doctors compare how your heart functions during physical activity and at times of rest. 

    Scheduling nuclear stress test

    Your doctor may recommend a nuclear stress test to diagnose coronary artery disease, to look at the size and shape of your heart, or to help in the treatment of heart disorders. Coronary artery disease is a medical condition that occurs when the major blood vessels supplying blood to your heart are damaged. Normally, this damage is the result of plaque build-up. Some symptoms that you may suffer from coronary artery disease include shortness of breath and chest pains.

    Preparing for nuclear stress test

    You will likely need to avoid eating, drinking, and smoking in the two hours prior to your nuclear stress test. Unless your doctor advises you otherwise, you should continue to take your normal daily medications. If you suffer from asthma or breathing problems, then you should bring your inhaler to the appointment and make sure that your doctor is aware of your breathing problems.

    Reviewing nuclear stress test

    The results of your nuclear stress test will indicate whether your heart receives adequate blood flow during times of rest as well as during times of physical activity. If your blood flow is normal during exercise and rest, it’s unlikely you suffer from coronary artery disease. However, if the results show you don’t get enough blood flow through your heart, you may need to schedule further tests to look directly at the blood vessels responsible for blood supply.

    Based in Melbourne, FL, Suntree Internal Medicine offers a variety of diagnostic services all under one roof. We also guarantee a wait time of 30 minutes or less when you visit our facility. You can schedule an appointment by booking online or giving us a call at (321) 259-9500. 

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