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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 Simon John Winterton

Consultant Cardiologist and Interventional Cardiologist

MA MB BS FRCP

BMI The Winterbourne Hospital

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Dr Saqib Chowdhary

Consultant Cardiologist

MB BS, MRCP(UK), PhD

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Dr Robin Taylor

Consultant Cardiologist

MRCP MBCHB

BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital 1 more BMI The Priory Hospital

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Dr Brian Gould

Consultant Cardiologist

MBBS, MD, FRCP

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 3 more BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital BMI The London Independent Hospital BMI The Sloane Hospital

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Dr Eileen Peat

Consultant Cardiologist and Interventional Cardiologist

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCP (UK), MD

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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