What is ambulatory electrocardiogram?
An ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) is a painless test that records the electrical activity of the heart between 1 and 7 days. By having the test done over a period of few days, your doctor will be able to collect information on your heart rhythm and shape while you are doing your normal activities.
What is the purpose of this test?
This test may be recommended by your doctor if they are concerned that you have an abnormal heart rhythm or rate. If you have been experiencing palpitations and dizzy spells, you may also be recommended this test.
What happens during an ambulatory EGC?
The test is done by placing some electrode stickers on the patient’s chest and by connecting them to a recording device. It usually takes around 10 minutes for these stickers to be properly fitted.
You will then be advised to go about your daily activities (including sleeping) for the next 1-7 days. You may also be asked to record the times when you experience any symptoms in a diary. Once the set time is complete, the electrode stickers will be removed and your results will be analysed.
Your doctor will analyse both your EGC and your diary results to help find a suitable treatment for your symptoms.