Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring?

Ambulatory cardiac monitoring is a way to watch and record the electrical activity of your heart. It is done as you go about your daily activities. Most of the recording devices are roughly the size of a pager or cell phone.

Heartbeat on EKG Monitor
Heartbeat on EKG Monitor
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This test is used to determine whether the heart may be beating too slow or too fast and to detect any abnormalities in heart rhythm.

Your heartbeat is regulated by electrical impulses. Sometimes there are abnormalities with these impulses. When the abnormality is happening all the time, it is easy to find in the doctor's office. But sometimes the problem comes and goes. Ambulatory cardiac monitoring records your heart’s electrical activity for long periods of time. The length of time makes it much more likely to catch an abnormality that comes and goes.

Your doctor may advise ambulatory cardiac monitoring to assess:

  • Fainting spells thought to be caused by the heart
  • Occasional feeling that the heart is racing (palpitations)
  • Treatment effectiveness for dangerous rhythm...

Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, or for any other concerns.

In case of an emergency, CALL 911immediately.