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Ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) test

An ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) is a painless test that records the electrical activity of the heart for a period of between 1 and 14 days.

An ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) is a painless test that records the electrical activity of the heart for a period of between 1 and 14 days. The test allows your doctor to be able to collect information on your heart rhythm while you are carrying out your normal activities.

This test may be recommended by your doctor if they are concerned that you have an abnormal heart rhythm. Common referral reasons for ambulatory ECG monitoring include intermittent palpitations, dizzy spells or blackouts.

The test is performed by a specialist cardiac physiologist. The physiologist will place stickers (electrodes) onto your chest which are connected to a small recording device (the ECG monitor).

You will then be advised to go about your daily activities for the next 1-14 days. This can include exercising and bathing or showering. The physiologist will provide you with full instructions at the time of your appointment.

You may also be asked to record the times when you experience any symptoms in a diary. Once the recording is complete, you will be asked to remove the monitor and return it so your ECG can be analysed. 

The whole procedure should take no more than about 15 minutes to perform.

Specialists Offering Ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) test

Dr Antonis Pavlidis

Consultant Cardiologist

MD, PhD, FACC

BMI Syon Clinic 1 more BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Andreas Kyriacou

Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

MBChB, MRCP, PhD, CCDS

BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Dr David MacDougall

Consultant Cardiologist

BSc (Hons), MB ChB, MRCP

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Dr Adeniyi Molajo

Consultant Cardiologist

MB ChB(Hons), MD, FRCP, FESC

BMI The Alexandra Hospital 1 more BMI The Beaumont Hospital

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Dr Rajesh Gabani

Consultant Paediatrician

MBBS, MD (Paediatrics), PGCWbMedEd, FRCPCH

BMI The Blackheath Hospital

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